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Re: agniravamo...
Date: Wed Jul 04 2001 - 17:22:43 PDT

Srimathe Ramanujaya namaha

Dear Sri Venkatakrishnan,

What I wrote is what I read from some of the poorvAchArya vyAkhyAnams 
as quoted by Sri Puttur Krishnaswamy Iyengar in his books like 1) 
Vishnuchitta vijayam, 2) Sankararum VaiNavamum etc.,

Please note that while it says that Agni is the lowest, it does not 
impart any disregards to the role of Agni in our SampradhAyam. 

But what made our poorvAchAryAs to comment like this? Adiyen does not 
know really. However, you opened that question for me and I will try 
and find out the reason. However, there are many scholars in this 
list who can throw light as to why such a vyAkhyAnam is made.

However I beg to differ from your views that vEdAs does not talk 
about the supremacy of any devata. The same verse says that " paramO 
vishNu". What is the meaning of the word "paramO"? Does it mean 
farthest. No. It clearly conveys the meaning that vishNu is the para 
brahman (Supreme Being). Naturally the opposite word to paramO is 
avamO. So the interpretation is right. But what made our 
poorvAchAryAs to interpret in such way is the question. I have quoted 
some verses in my postings from vEdAs which clearly talks about the 
supremacy of VishNu. Sri Vijayaraghavan Bhashyam had also quoted may 
verses from the vEdAs which uphold the supremacy of VishNu. Then how 
can it be considered that the vEdAs do not talk about superiority of 
any dEvata.

Also your interpretation tries to mislead. What is the scale in which 
the nearest or the farthest is measured. Adiyen does not agree to the 
fact that Vishnu is the farthest. Just go thro our beloved Azhwars 
divya prabhandams for more references. 1) patthudai adiyavarkku 
eLiyavan...., 2) engum uLan kaNNan.... and many more. These are only 
a very little examples. That Sriman Narayanan is every pervading and 
omnipresent was very clearly proved by Sri Prahaladha and that is the 
no. 2 example written above. So how can he be the farthest.

Finally, whose interpretation is what you wrote ( Agni is the nearest 
and Vishnu is the farthest).

adiyEn rAmAnuja dAsan,
Thirumalai Vinjamoor Venkatesh

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