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From: B N SURESH 's ACCOUNT (bnsuresh_at_easi.soft.net)
Date: Wed Apr 21 1999 - 05:49:47 PDT
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sri Raamanuja tiruvadigale sarnam Respected members, I have two questions which i would like to share with all of you, 1. According to Ramanuja's Gita bhashya, an aspirant of moksha has to realise his own self or have an experience of atmaavalokana through the process of either karma yoga or jnana yoga before he starts bhakti yoga in the real sense . Now my question is, " What is it that factor that shifts the attention of an aspirant having the experience of his own pure self towards God or Isvara, so that he starts bhakti yoga leading to para bhakti and so on, since the jnana, aananda(joy) inherent in the self might itself satisfy the self which has realised itself ". 2. At many places in books related to Visistaadvaitha, i have come across sentences like " The real nature of the jivatman is to do kainkaryam to Narayana" and "The jiva exists solely for the pleasure of the Lord". Now what exactly do the two statements mean, taking the ontological definitions of jiva and isvara in Visistaadvaita vedanta into consideration. Thanking you. with regards B.N.Suresh.