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Thinking of Narayana before death

From: Krishnan Rangarajan (krishtgc_at_altavista.com)
Date: Fri Aug 17 2001 - 12:04:36 PDT

Dear Bhagavathas:
 I have been reading the postings on "anthima smruthi" and I would like to share my humble opinion on this.  I think our Alwars and Acharyas desire and pray for anthima smruthi not because they are afraid they will be punished without it. Sri Vedantha Desika prays for the vision of the beautiful Venugopala at the time of his last breath:
 " adharahitha charu vamSAnAlA:
 makutAlambi mayurapichamalA;
harinilaSila vibhanga nila: 
 prathibha santhu mama anthima prayane"
Clearly the great acharya was not afraid of punishment, and he prayed for the thought of venugopla because it is the greatest joy both during one's life and at the time of death as well.  So I believe our Acharyas beg the lord to grant them anthima smruthi out of love and not because it is chore that has to be performed.

Radha Rangarajan


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