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Pratardana Vidya

From: RAGHUNATHAN K.K. (kgk_at_md2.vsnl.net.in)
Date: Wed Apr 12 2000 - 02:15:35 PDT

SrI:
SrI Lakshminrusimha ParabrahmaNE namaha
SrI Lakshminrusimha divya pAdukA sEvaka SrIvaN-
SatakOpa SrI nArAyaNa yateendra mahAdESIkAya namaha

 Dear devotees,
 namO nArAyaNa.

 Last year, adiyEn mentioned about "Pratardana Vidya"
 during the discussion on anya dEvata (demigod) worship.
 adiyEn wanted to send a post that time itself to 
 clarify a point in it. Though forgotten about it,
 its bhagavad sankalpam that adiyEn has remembered it 
 now.


 The clarification is that, in Pratardana Vidya, the 
 upAsaka has to meditate on Brahman, with the "jIvAtma" 
 Indra as its SarIra. Ofcourse, for the sake of identification
 of Indra, his material body is also essential. The point
 made in that posting was that, such an upAsana (bhakti-yOga)
 will not amount to anyadEvata worship, since it is a Brahma
 Vidya that needs to be performed in that way, as per the 
 wish of SrIman nArAyaNa, the Brahman. Also, jIvAtma 
 sAkshAtkAram is a pre-requisite of bhakti-yOga and a 
 upAsaka has to constantly meditate on himself ie. the self
 also (while the primary meditation is on Brahman, as the
 SarIri of oneself) while adopting any bhakti yOga. Thus,
 meditating on a jIvAtma by itself is not a taboo for an
 upAsaka and it will not amount to anya-dEvata worship.

 adiyEn rAmAnuja dAsan,
 anantapadmanAbha dAsan.
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