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Date: Fri Dec 15 1995 - 22:29:20 PST
On Dec 15, 10:06am, Jaganath.Bharadwaj@nrecatao.nreca.org wrote: > At least > for the followers of Sri Ahobila Mutt, the Jeer is a Mukta Purusha In reply Mani Varadarajan writes: With no disrespect intended, I would humbly like to point out that calling any person on Earth other than God a ``mukta purusha'' is in complete violation of Visishtadvaita philosophy. No doubt the sannyasis of Ahobila Matham are great acharyas and scholars and deserve to honored as such; however, jIvanmukti is explicitly denied by Sri Vaishnava acharyas beginning with Ramanuja. The Jiyar may be considered an exalted being and worshipped as one would worship God Himself; however, there is no doubt that the Jiyar is not a mukta. Once again, with no disrespect intended, I am nearly certain that the Jiyar himself would say that he is not a mukta. Mani Here is an extract from a letter written by the then Asthana Vidvan of Sri Ahobila Mutt to the English/Telegu editors of Nrsimha Priya under the instructions of the then Jeer appointee Srivan Satakopa Sri Narayana Yateendra Mahadesikar. " Sri Adivan Satakopa Yateendra Maha Desikan was the Founder of this great Sampradaya, who was blessed with the robes of Sanyasi and Presha Mantra by Malola Himself in the form of a Yogi and who initiated this never declining line of Acharyas. His successors all carried His mantle with great distinction and divinity and have been shining as Muktas."... The Jeer may be the first to agree that He is not a Mukta but then Nammazhwar to Vedanta Desikar have all said the same thing. I am not sure if Mani and I are talking about the same thing here. Per the English translation of Vedanta Desikars works a Mukta is one who serves Sriman Narayana "at all times, in all places and under all circumstances and who looks upon this world as Narayana's weapons and ornaments." Ramanujacharya in His Vedartha Sangraha states that two types of atmas take part in Narayana's Leela Vibhuti (of which this earth is a part) - The Baddha jivatmas and the Mukta Jivatmas. Jaganath.