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Vedanta Desika on tapta-mudras?

From: Martin Gansten (Martin.Gansten_at_teol.lu.se)
Date: Thu Apr 12 2001 - 03:29:41 PDT

A friend of mine is translating some excerpts from the Hari-bhakti-vilasa
(a Gaudiya Vaishnava text), and has asked my help with a passage discussing
the practice of branding the body with the emblems of the Lord. The author,
after presenting various scriptural statements in favour of this practice,
states:

	bahvaz ca ve"nka.taacaarya-paada-prabh.rtibhir budhai.h /
	zrutaya.h sm.rtayo 'py atra vikhyaataa likhitaa.h paraa.h //

'In this connection, many other famous srutis and smritis have been
presented by wise men, headed by the honourable Acharya Venkata.'

The commentator identifies this Venkata as belonging to the Sri-sampradaya‚
and being 'foremost of the knowers of sruti and smriti', from which I
assume that he is referring to Vedanta Desika. Now, my friend wishes to know:

1. Whether the practice of accepting tapta-mudras has been discussed by
Desika;
2. If so, in which of his works, and from where it may be available.

Any information on this would be most welcome.

Ramanuja Dasa,
MG



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