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Date: Tue Dec 05 1995 - 22:20:17 PST
Hello once again to all you Lakshmi Narayana devotees. I had posted a small query yesterday, regarding the position of Lakshmi according to the position of a Visishtadwaitin. Thanks to Mani for generalizing this problem to include Nithya Suris like Vishvaksena, who happen to receive upadesham inspite of being all-knowing. That was a good generalization and added a new dimension to the problem. Couple of things. Mani writes further: I surmise that these stories about Lord Narayana > teaching Lakshmi, etc., are told just to arouse > devotion in the aspirant, and are not to be taken > as literal facts. ... Well, I would tend to disagree with taming the problem so lightly, more because the upadesham from Narayana to Lakshmi, passed on through the guru parampara to our present acharya has been mentioned in no less an authoritative reference as Rahasya Traya Saara (RTS), which is my opinion as the old timers say, is the magnum opus of Vedanta Desika. The RTS grantha is meant to reveal the essence of the triad of secrets (rahasya traya), which is the essence of the four vedas and the six shastras. So there is no room for emotional, heart-moving, devotion-arousing statements in a text like the RTS. Or, for all one knows, such statements in the RTS, may have some deep meaning which can be understood only in some yogic plane of thought. I would really apprepriate if anybody can comment more on this also stressing the stance of Lakshmi. The other thing I would like to comment on was an off-shoot of the above topic. Sumanth Kaushik writes: > However, I am curious to know a bit more on the > nature of Nitya Suris. The notion of "eternal" gets used quite loosely > in philosophy, so it would be nice to hear a discussion on > the visistadvoitic notion of time. IMHO, the word "eternal" has to back-traced to the word "anaadi" that is found in the granthas, for which a loose meaning like "eternal" has been given in English. I have received various kinds of feedback on this word from different scholars, since the word is so prolifically used to refer to various things like "anaadi karma", "atman is anaadi", etc. Some scholars feel that the word "anaadi" does mean eternal, in the sense of time. Yet, some others feel that "anaadi" is used to refer to something which cannot be measured in terms of time. In other words time has no bearing or effect on that quantity. There is a third opinion, which IMHO is pretty naive and not convincing, and that is, "anaadi" means some time in the distant past, we cannot tell when. Well, I think if we are seeking answers to these questions and many others like the eternality of moksha, we need to go to a proper acharya and learn it the guru-kulam way. Even then I think, the acharya will answer in much the same cryptic language used in vedic statements, and will leave the student to contemplate and understand. Oops, too long a comment. Thanks, Adiyen, Murali.