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Remembering our Lord during final moments..

From: Sriram Ranganathan (
Date: Sun Aug 12 2001 - 16:45:14 PDT

Dear Members,

According to our sampradAya, Sri Ramanuja just before proceeding to
Srirangam stayed in Kanchi and learnt Divya Prabhandam. During this sojourn,
he was enlightened by none other than Sri VaradarAja Perumal, Himself, via
Thirukacchi Nambi, regarding several important questions that later formed
the basis for his wonderful philosophy.

Among the questions that were answered one was that, it is not necessary on
the part of a departing soul to remember Him (during the final moments).

Yet, we find almost all our Acharyas who followed Sri Ramanuja (including
even us-common folks) routinely praying that they/we should be able to
remember Him when the end comes. This is understandable for obvious reasons,
but why is the *repeated emphasis* when Sri Ramanuja had already clarified
that it is not required so.

Thanks in advance for clarifications.


           - SrImate rAmAnujAya namaH -
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