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Date: Thu Dec 23 1999 - 01:23:20 PST
Srimathe Ramanujaya Nama: Dear Sri.Mani and all Bhagavatas, I appreciate Sri.Mani's mail that 'Nonbu's performed by Andal Ghosti was only to attain HIM and not for any material benefits. I am sure that it was also not the intention of Sri.Sampath's Swamy to introduce any concept of Action-benefit analysis. on'Nonbu'. This is the essence of our sampradayam. We do not believe in any yagnas or practice done as a Kaimyartham , ie, looking for any Material benefit. this also includes even Sudharsana Homam performed by our elders. That it is done only with intention to please the Lord for lokashemem and not for any material benefits. In some other place, Swami Pillai lokachar says that we should behave like the flowers and sandal paste which adores lord. they never think that THEY are giving fragrance to lord. rather they simply do the duty of adoring him. similarly a true prapanna would never think that HE is performing any yagna/sandayavandanam/homam or any karma either with an eye on benefits or expecting any recognition that he has performed something. though Vedas have prescribed certain rituals which brings rains, grants wealth, children etc...etc, a true Sri vaishnava would perform those things as per sastras strictly to please Him or consider that it HIS snakalpam that he is simply performing. Lastly Sri.Andal very clearly says that She is interested only in HIM and none else (Marru Nan kamangal) Her thinking is akin to the meaning of 'Sarva Darman'... Sarama slokam in Srimad Bhagavat gita.. No doubt why Tiruppavai is considered as 'the seed of all vedas' Dasan K.M.Narayanan ---------------------------------------------------------------- The information transmitted is intended only for the person or entity to which it is addressed and may contain confidential and/or privileged material. Any review, retransmission, dissemination or other use of, or taking of any action in reliance upon, this information by persons or entities other than the intended recipient is prohibited. If you received this in error, please contact the sender and delete the material from any computer.