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Re: Santhyavadanam and Gayathri mantra
Date: Fri Dec 11 1998 - 10:01:33 PST

In the ashtAkshara, I thought only the Pranavam is Veda Manthram. The rest of
akshara can be recited by any varna. In Divya Prabandam, I see 
namo nArAyanA in Thirupallandu, also in "vAdinEn varunthinEn Manathal".


Ram Gopalaswamy wrote:

>Only that much should be understood from the incident, nothing more - that 
SrI rAmAnujAcArya is a very compassionate AcArya, who freely
distributed the mercy of SrIman-nArAyaNa to any samsArin, regardless
of their varNa. But the sanAtana varNASrama-dharma SAstric restrictions 
are also there.  
Since the ashThAkshara is of vEdic origin and contains praNavam,
SrI rAmAnujAcArya would not have probably whimsically shouted it out,