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Date: Mon Dec 18 1995 - 15:11:24 PST
On Dec 15, 5:32am, Jaganath.Bharadwaj@nrecatao.nreca.org wrote: > 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. " ... His successors all carried > His mantle with great distinction and divinity and have been shining > as Muktas."... I do not wish to belabor this point, but it appears that the AsthAna vidvAn is referring to the fact that the jIyars are shining as muktas now because they have passed on from this earth. There is no way in Visishtadvaita that a mukta can still be embodied on Earth. It makes no sense in our conception of reality. The Mukta is not embodied in a body made up of the 3 gunas. He comes in a Suddha Sattva Sariram as stated by Sri Vedanta Desikar in Tattva Padavi. The point of Muktas descending has been elaborated by Sri V Sadagopan in his definition of the 3 types of jivatmas. > 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." I am not familiar with this definition. May I ask in which work he writes this? This is defined by Sri Vedanta Desikar in Tattva Maatrka. The ubhaya vibhuti of the Lord are the nitya vibhuti and lila vibhuti. The former is spoken of in the Vedas as ``tad vishnoh paramam padam sadaa paSyanti sUrayah'', and is experienced by the nitya suris and those who have achieved moksha. The lila vibhuti is includes this earth and is experienced by people like us in samsaara. Mani Per Sri Ramanuja Mukta jivatmas also take part in the Leela Vibhutis. Vaikuntha means where there is no fear. Since the Lord is Vibhu or omnipotent, his Suddha Sattvam loka can also manifest itself anywhere at His will. In the Tattva Maatrka Sri Vedanta Desikar explains how, at the fall of the body made up of the 3 gunas, the jivatma goes through various Lokas and is received by attendants in Vaikuntha and finally how the jivatma then renders services at all times IN ALL PLACES, and under all circumstances." The fact that Sri Vedanta Desikar uses the term "in all places" means that the Mukta can serve the Lord even on this earth. There is otherwise no meaning to the restriction on the worship of other devatas and allowing the worship of the Guru. One blind person cannot lead another blind person. It is only when an individual finds a Mukta Guru that that individual can hope to attain Moksha in that life. Jaganath.