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From: Venkatesh Elayavalli (vke_at_cypress.com)
Date: Sun Jan 11 1998 - 20:56:08 PST
Parthasarati Dileepan wrote: > Somewhat related to the above is, what is the extent of Mahavisvasam for > prapatti to be complete? Of course we must have unshakable faith that the > Lord will grant us mOkshan at the end of this life. But are we required to > believe implicitly in every details of the Ithihasa puraaNaas for the > prapatti to be fruitful. > > Azhgiyasingar thiruvadigaLE saraNam... I can add some thing to the second part of your email. I was going over a particular work by Sri Pillai Lokacharya called 'arthapanchakam'. In the section on Upayaswaroopa, the acharya adds prapati and AchAryAbhimana in addition to karma, jnAna and bhakti. Sri Lokacharya further explains that attaining the Lord through prapatti is much easier than through karma, jnAna and bhakti yoga. He further classifies prapatti into two types: Artaprapatti: the aspirant approaches the Lord with the help of his AcArya's teaching and by HIS grace attains salvation. Sri Pillai Lokacharya outlines five steps to be adopted for this purpose. Draptaprapatti: This form of prapatti is for a person who fears hell. With the knowledge obtained from the AcArya, the aspirant transfers his burden to the Lord and takes refuge under HIM. Sir Lokacarya goes on to explain that parapatti is distinct from karma, jnana and bhakti path. AcAryAbhimAna, Sir Lokacarya says, is for a person who cannot do any of the above but takes shelter under the AcArya. It is then the responsibility of the AcArya to deliver him to the Lord. AcAryAbhimAna is not a upaya by itself, but helps the other 4 upayas. Based on his work, it seems that prapatti cannot be performed without the help of the AcArya. Also, for prapatti, it is not required to know the details of ithihas and puranas since prapatti is a parallel path to attain salvation. All that seem to be required is AcArya's blessings and guidance. On the issue with youngsters, our responsibility should be to educate them the importance of AcArya and their teaching, rather than just making some blanket statement on what they said. NAMA and the Conf. that you attended are right steps to that end. Sri Pillai Lokacaryar thiruvadigalE Saranam. Venkatesh.