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Re: Who or what is a "nitya-suri" ?

From: Sadagopan (
Date: Mon Jun 05 2000 - 19:55:06 PDT

At 09:01 AM 6/5/00 -0400, you wrote:
>Could some of the learned members of this group explain the real meaning of
>who or what a "nitya-suri" is, the root of the word and why one would be
>called a "nitya-suri" ?
>Raja Krishnasamy

Dear Sri Raja Krishnaswamy :

Nithya means eternal and Soori means a learned one or 
a sage or a wise man (e.g)., SatAri Soori (Swamy NammAzhwAr).

Nithya Soori means enlightened souls or eternally
released souls , who never had any bondage of samsArA .
They are omniscient and thus are endowed with perfect
knowledge .Examples of Nithya Sooris are GarudA ,
AdhisEshA , VishvaksEnA et al.

In the VisishtAdvaithA school of philosophy ,
the Jeevans are classified into three categories:

(1) Bhaddha Jeevan or those souls , who are in bondage
and go through unending cycles of births and deaths.

(2) MukthAs , who through the successful pursuit of Bhakthi 
Yoga or performance of Prapathti at the feet of SadaachaAryan 
are released form their bondages and serve the Lord at 
His Parama Padham .These are Muktha Jeevans.

(3) NithyAs or Nithya Jeevans or Nithya Sooris are
those , who are eternally free from samsAric bondages.
They never had any bondages unlike the Muktha Jeevans,
who overcame their bondages thru Bhakthi YogA 
or prapathti YogA.


Old school buds here:

           - SrImate rAmAnujAya namaH -
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