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Date: Mon Jan 10 2000 - 00:59:08 PST
Srimathe Ramanujaya Nama: Sri Venkata Gurave Nama: Respected members of bakthi list, In the last post we mentioned that seshatvam(servitude) to Lord becomes Important , spontaneous and Natural to Chetanas. We will proceed further: 55. Seshatvam is the Atma's basic svarupam. Since the Lord is creator and protector of everyone and due to his Kalyana gunas,' the realised one knows that the best course of being is to feel that he is subservient to Him. 56-57. Till such time, the Atma does not realise this due to its ignorance and prakrrti Sambandam(Due to attachment), the Atma thinks that it is "Independent" of the Lord and hence "Svanthantaran" This thinking is detrimental to the Atma. and such person is considered as "sinful"he does not get out of samsaric cycle of birth/death. 58. 'Ukaram' in the Pranavam explains that we are all servants of the Lord. (Here The author and vyakyartha give proofs from Sanskrit grammar to prove this point.) 59. As we are servants of Lord, we are also not bound to any Samsarees or Mundane people here. 60. It also means that we are servants of Piratti as well. (once one of the acharyas named Somajiyandan, described a scene from Srimad Ramayana where Sri Rama was followed by Sita devi and then by Sri Lakshmana like "as if PRANAVAM was walking along'. The essence of pranavam is that the Lord is Jagat Swamy and he is never separated by his Consort, Piratti and the all the Jeevathmas are subservient to them.) 61-65 if one thinks that he is subservient to a mundane samsaree or a ordinary earthy person, it is equivalent to offering the ritual offerings of the yagna to a dog then to the devas. the Bagavat seshatvam should evolve in to annanya seshatvam, that is servitude ONLY to Lord and none else. (this includes Demi Gods, Mundane human beings) Here swami refers to Thirumazhisai piran's Pasuram "thirmbenmin kanteer" where azwar describes that to a perfect prapanna who does pray to any demi god even when he is absent minded, such prapannas are feared even By Yama and his servants.Yama would advice his servants to be very respectful and Humble towards such prapannas. Hence we can wind up discussion on"UkAram" saying that 1. Atma by nature is subservient to the Lord. 2.Such servitutde is ONLY towards the Lord and not to any worldly person or a Demi God. we will explore the meanings of "Makram" in the next post. Azhwar, Emperumanar, Jeeyar thiruvadigale saranam 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.