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From: a c (ac_at_ampsc.com)
Date: Sat Aug 07 1999 - 11:56:08 PDT
Dear friends, Would someone please give me the correct transliteration of the following quote "tasya ca vasikaranam saranagatireva" ? If I copied this correctly it's supposed to mean "to win over the Lord, self-surrender is the only way". Can you tell me more about "prapatti"? Can you give me a reference for Rama's statement "even if once, one were to surrender oneself and seek refuge with Him, to rescue and protect that one is His resolve, be that one Ravana himself" ? I find this encouraging because I might not be excluded for not being born into the faith. Is there anything I need to do to join this faith apart from sincerely seeking the refuge of God? Is sincere surrender to God sufficient or just necessary for salvation? Can you tell me more about "nididhyasana" ( worship in accordance with one of the vidyas?) What are these vidyas and what worship is in accordance with them? I've been reading a little about Ramanuja's views and would like to know if it's fair to say he considers individuals and matter to be real but totally dependent upon God? Can you help me to understand a little more about the nature of this relation? If we are already completely dependent upon God for our very being (which I believe and hope is true) then prapatti might be like recognizing an existing fact as opposed to something we bring about? thanks for your kind help... -A.