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Re: Re: Question from Murali Krishna

From: Ramanan Rajagopalan (
Date: Fri Jul 06 2001 - 13:20:56 PDT

Respected members:

I would like to spew my thoughts on this topic. Logically, 
going back to Sri.Ramanuja and coming from him in every step 
from there, it is very true and obvious from the Great 
Acharyan's words that Social cause is one among the prime 
concerns in SriVaishnavism. If that not be the case, why should 
Sri.Ramanuja have overruled his Acharyan's words(breaking some 
set standards in the past by people), and tell the charama 
slokam to everyone after facing so much of difficulty in 
getting it from his Acharyan.(He got it only on his 18-th visit 
to Tirukottiyur)
This issue of Social cause has been much stressed by our 
Acharyan himself, in order make sure that everyone attains 
Moksha, which gives the prime happiness.Thank very much,

Sarve Janah Sukino Bavantu!

Sri Ramanuja Dasan,
Ramanan Rajagopalan

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---- On Fri, 6 Jul 2001, Mani Varadarajan 
( wrote:

> Sri Nadadur Madhavan wrote: 
> > Sri Vaishnavism breaks all barriers in reaching out and 
> > humanity.
> I would like some elaboration on this statement.
> There is no doubt that the acharyas and scholars
> of Sri Vaishnavam do a tremendous service to the
> Vaidika and Sri Vaishnava community, by doing
> grantha-pravacana and administering sacraments
> and providing for temples, food and sambhAvana
> for Vaidikas, etc. 
> But can this really be described as "breaking all barriers" 
> and "reaching out"? In this day and age, are there many 
> (or any) Sri Vaishnava organizations that actively reach  
> out to all, irrespective of caste, gender, and
> race, and feed, clothe, or minister to the people's 
> religious needs? As so many Christian groups do (with 
> whatever motivation), does a single Sri Vaishnava group 
> gather able-bodied youth and go do humanitarian
> service work in a Dalit (or any) downtrodden or
> impoverished village?
> This is what I consider "reaching out and serving".
> Why is it that our people do not do this indiscriminately?
> Or, perhaps they are doing it and I am unaware of it.
> If not, let us not exaggerate our contribution.
> aDiyEn rAmAnuja dAsan,
> Mani
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