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Reply Reg. Anya devata aradhana Mails

From: M.S.HARI (Madabhushi Sarangarajan Hari) (
Date: Sun Apr 16 2000 - 20:07:32 PDT

Dear Shree Vaishnavas,

This is M.S.HARI Raamaanuja Daasa sending reply for certain mails
regarding lot of doubts as far as "Anya Devata Worship" is concerned.

Please make a note of the following points.

A person who (is called Mumukshu) likes to get "Moksha" cannot
worship any Devata otherthan Shreeman Naaraayana because Shreeman
Naaraayana alone can grant the "Moksha". Shreeman Naaraayana alone
is worshiped by all karmas and he alone grants all four purushaarthas.

Worshiping "Anya Devata" is to be totally avoided by Prapanaas
as it will destroy the effect of "Prapati". The basis of "Maha Visvasam"
gets shaken if one goes for "Anya Devata" in prapati.

In Nitya/Naimitika karmas, the names of Anya Devatas are to be
understood to mean only Shreeman Naaraayana as all words finally
denote Shreeman Naaraayana only as Vishnu is the soul of everything.
Therefore in Nitya/Naimitika karmas there is no Anya Devata worship.

Regarding the "Aaditya Hrudayam" in Raamaayana: "Aaditya Hrudayam"
has certain portions which are against Veda. In the ancient commentry
of Utari on Valmiki Raamaayana, this Sarga is not at all present
where Aaditya Hrudayam occurs. Therefore it is clear that it is only
a latter inclusion by certain unwanted elements to create confusion.
It is not to be considered as written by Valmiki. 

Similarly I hear few telling that Rama worshiped Siva at Rameswaram.
This is against Valmiki Raamaayana. Raama told Sita when they were
returning back to Ayodya after killing Raavana in Puspaka vimana. Rama
pointed out to Sita all the places down and told her what happened.
He mentioned "Atra Poorvam MahaDevaha Prasaadam Akarot Prabhu:". Few
take this to mean "There (Now Rameswaram) Mahadevan (Siva) the Lord did
mercy and blessed me". As Raama was telling to Sita what happened
before, there is not mention by Valmiki that Raama worshiped Siva
before the war. The term "Mahadeva" is a common noun which can denote
any devata. Here it is to be taken only to mean "Samudra Rajan" who
appeared before Raama. Therefore Rama did not worship Siva which
is false story.

Anya Devata Worship is like poison. I suggest that one may read
"Naanmukan Tiruvandadi" of Tiru Malizai Alwar and "Tiru Vaimozhi"
of Namalvar for further clarrifications. Please write to me if
you have any questions or doubts.

Thanks & Regards
M.S.HARI Raamaanuja Daasan.

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