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Re: Doubtful episode in Ramanuja's Life

From: Mani Varadarajan (mani)
Date: Fri Apr 26 1996 - 10:47:38 PDT

Sri K. Srinivasan writes:

* Anyway, many English books on Life of Ramanuja contain distorstions.
* If the episode is not in the above three books, it should not be
* considered authentic. 
* 

You are right that many English books contain distortions.
However, there is one more set of sources that provides 
biographical details about Ramanuja. This are the commentaries
on the Divya Prabandham, particularly the 24000 on the 
thiruvaaymozhi by Periya Vaachaan Pillai and the 36000
(eedu vyaakhyaanam) by Vadakku Thiruveedhi Pillai. Each
contain some episodes about Ramanuja not found in other
works.

Perhaps, time permitting, Prof. Vasudha Narayanan can 
enlighten us on some of these, as she has studied them in 
some detail.

Mani