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Re: anthima smruthi (remembering the Lord at final moments)

From: TCA Venkatesan (vtca_at_yahoo.com)
Date: Tue Jan 29 2002 - 13:14:34 PST

Dear BhagavtOttamas,

Looking at this further, on the surface of it there
appears to be a contradiction. 

Our sampradhayam holds that for a prapannan the only 
means to reach Him is through Him. Once prapatti has 
been done at His lotus feet nothing further is 
required to reach Him. Yet, we are also concluding 
that He will make sure that a prapannan remembers 
Him in the final moments. That is, the remembrance
is a required act beyond prapatti. This seems 
contradictory. 

AdiyEn thinks that it would be resolved as follows. 
It is true that a prapannan does not need to remember 
Him in the final moments. It also is true that Sriman
Narayana does not have to aid in the remembrance 
either. However, were He to not do that, then the 
Sastras that state that He has to be remembered might 
appear to be false. Since He provided us the Sastras 
to help us reach Him, He will not let those Sastras 
be held untrue. Hence, we can conclude that He will 
make sure that the prapannan remembers Him.

I look forward to thoughts on this from the esteemed
bhAgavthAs in this group.

adiyEn madhurakavi dAsan
TCA Venkatesan

--- srivaishnavan <madhav.vasudevan@sg.abb.com> wrote:
> SrI:
> SrImathE Ramanujaya namah:
> Dearest Srivaishnavas,
> 
> Just to supplement the thread: 
> Essentially we are all agreeing that for those who
> have surrendered 
> the final remembrance is not needed. (means:
> prapannan has done what 
> is required to be done placing the burden of
> protection to the Lord 
> Himself.). It is the Lord who enables the jIvan
> (prapannan) remember 
> Him at the final stage. 
> 
> Sri Mani Varadarajan beautifully posted few months
> ago ...

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