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Re: Santhyavadanam and Gayathri mantra

varadhan_at_uswest.net
Date: Fri Dec 11 1998 - 08:45:03 PST

> Since the ashThAkshara is of vEdic origin and contains praNavam,
> SrI rAmAnujAcArya would not have probably whimsically shouted it out,
> contrary to the popular belief nowadays.
>
> According Your other quote from SrI Pinpazhagiya Perumal Jiyar's
> "aaraayirappadi" (6000) guru paramparaa prabhaavam, shows that rAmAnujAcArya
> spoke only about the mantra-rahasyArtha-s.
> That is the point I have been trying to get at.

With respect to your first point - that may be true. On the other hand, it may
not be
completely true that emperumAnAr did not give the thirumantram to those
"prohibited" to receive the mantram. he may not have shouted out the
thirumantram, but
he did convert a number of people *not* in the male, brahmin varnam to
srIvaishNavam.
Obviously, samAsrayaNam was performed for these people and the thirumantram
was taught to them.

Your point is well taken. However, we all should be careful to interpret our
AchAryA's
teachings, especially emperumAnAr's life and teachings in a spirit of inclusion,
*NOT*
exclusion. That is the greatest mistake that we can make.

AzhvAr emperumAnAr jIyar thiruvadigaLE saraNam,
adiyEn madhurakavi dAsan,
thirumalai anandAnpiLLai Varadhan