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Re: Question on dEvatAntaram

From: suderson (
Date: Fri Apr 20 2001 - 00:30:12 PDT

Pranama to all.
It is a misconception that we vaishnavas are siva
dweshis or devataantara dweshis. Unfortunately, not
just others but many of us ourselves(we srivaishnavas)
also think the same way.
But our philosophy as you have very rightly said is
love for all and every atman is sri man narayana. We
only desist from worship of devtantara but do regards
them for their respective portfolios. Since we seek
only the ultimate purushartha "moksha" of the four
(dharma, artha, kama and moksha) we do not go to these
devtaantara for they are not empowered to award
Else, they are also jeevatma like us. So why worship
them for they are not the "GOD".
One can witness this in the dakshina sampradaya
bhajana samprdaya where they will sing praise of all
the devatantara only to give them due respect to them,
invite them to join us in the celebration of
raasakreeda or thiru kalyana utsava of Rama or Krishna
or Venkatesa... In the present scenario, some recent
composers have created lyrics calling anyone and
everyone as "moolaadhara moorthy". We must go by the
songs of saints like Tygaraja, Purandara dasa, Tulsi
Dasa and the like and note that even if they sing
about the devtaantara they will only give due respect
to their otfolio, call them as ardent devotees of
narayana or as path setters for us but not
asmooladhara moorhy.
There is more to this. I will probably share a little
--- wrote:
> Dear Devotees of Sriman Narayana,
> In the Vedas we find sUktAs or prayers for all the
> different 
> devathAs.Even in our daily sandhyAvandanam we do
> Namaskarams to 
> different devathas in all the directions and finally
> prostrate to 
> Lord Narayana.While eating food we offer to
> prAna,apana...and finally 
> Brahman or SriMan Narayana.
> So All the different dEvathAs are expansions of
> Sriman Narayana 
> (SharIra SharIri bhavam) and all such DEvathAs are
> actually looking 
> after various functionings of Nature/Vishwa thereby
> assisting SriMan 
> NarAyana, should we not consider them as
> BhAgavathAs?
> In the Upanishad it is declared that 'Shivscha
> Narayanaha, 
> shakrashcha Narayanaha,...' 
> In the BhagavadgIta Lord Sri Krishna has said
> 'RudrANAm 
> ShankarscAham...' etc.,
> Even in the VishnusahasraNama phalasrhuti Eshwara
> reveals the SriRAma 
> mantram to PArvati which is equivalent to chanting
> the entire Vishnu 
> sahasranAmam.So should we not consider Shiva as a
> BhAgavatha and 
> worship as we worship a BhAgavatha?
> When the Lord SriKrishna declares mAmEkam sharaNam
> vraja should we 
> not see the 'Sarva Bhootastham Ekam NarAyanam? He is
> also 
> SarvaBhootAthmabhootAma!!
> As VishNavas are we not supposed to see the same
> vishnu in a learned 
> brahmana, a chandAla, a stone or a tree? then why
> not in other 
> dEvathAs.
> The purport is that one should not consider other
> DevathAs as 
> seperate from Sriman Narayana and worship them
> independantly.
> Should we not take example from the great AchArya
> Sri Narada Maharshi 
> who will be continuously chanting Narayana Narayana
> and happily 
> moving around with All the DEvathAs , RaKshasAs
> etc., working and 
> wishing for the good of the whole universe?
> Kindly enlighten me.
> Namo Sriman NarAyaNa
> Suresh Srinivasamurthy
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