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From: Sampath Rengarajan (srengara_at_ford.com)
Date: Thu Jun 11 1998 - 10:31:47 PDT
On Jun 10, 10:19am, Bharadwaj, Jaganath wrote: > > Murali Kidambi wrote: >> When and how will we see an assuring > >"prapannas, stay in this lane" sign? And then even if we take final success > >for granted (for we know that that success is attributed to the Lord alone), > >how will He let us know of his displeasure of our ways or otherwise during > >our now-confirmed ephemeral stay here on earth? > >[Bharadwaj, Jaganath] > If our mind is not peaceful, there is some unforgiven offence for which > Prayaschittam has to be done. If we do not know how to do this, that > mental anguish itself is the Prayaschittam and the suffering will go > away if do not use our limited freedom of choice to further disobey > Sriman Narayana. > > > >Any inputs are welcome. PramAnam for the following part is from this pAsuram: uLathAna val vinaikku uLLam veruvi uLagaLantha vaLar thAmaraiyiNai van saraNAga varitthavar than kaLai thAn ena ezhum kanman thuRappar thuRanthidilum iLai thAm nilai sega eNgAL pirAn aruL thEn ezhumE (aparAtha parihAram) adikAra sagraham - 25 Swami Desikan For most cases All the sins committed prior to prappatti are absolved by doing prapatti. Some sins that may have to be committed due to circumstantial situations knowingly after prapatti and some other sins that may have to be committed unknowingly after prapatti are kept away from prapannAs. When a chEthanan undertakes saranAgathi with a feeling of fear for the pApams (type of repentance at the moment of prapatti being ordained) that he has accrued so far, he will never do pApams or sins that are impediment to bagawath kaimkaryam or bAgawatha or AchArya kaimkaryam in his rest of the life after his prapatthi. Many a times a surrendering soul may not realize this at the time of prapatti. Lord brings such realizations for those souls in strange ways. i.e., repentance once prapatti is performed. While there are several materialistic sins that may also be committed, the most important sins that a prapanna must definitely watch out for and realize from that are as follows. pApams or sins committed as an impediment to the service of either of the three (bagwAn bAgwathA and AchAryA) are bagwatha bAgawatha achArya apachAram and prAyachittham can be done only with the respective above for each of such apachAram. By chance one's ego or lack of wisdom and knowledge induces one to do such serious sins, it is said that such ego or lack of wisdom is enacted due to one's past karmA prior to his undertaking prapatti and due to his failure to have the feeling of repentance at the time of doing prapatti for such past sins that are carried over and enacted and that an opportunity is provided by the Lord to absolve it in an easier way. A question may arise in one's mind i.e., Why a prapanna may be still doing sins despite the assurances given during prapatti ? "thirutthip paNi kolvAn" - It is the desire of the Lord or perumAL's thiru uLLam that such bAgawathA has to be corrected and made to serve the kula dhANam. Also as per the second sentence of the sarama slOkam it is understood that Lord has given assurance that both the sins committed prior to saranAgathi and after saranAgathi are relieved (aham twA sarva pApEbyO mokshayisyAmi ! mA sucha! ) from the prapanna by the Lord. What are the options made available to get these absolved ? What a prapanna can do here is first to understand that when a fellow prapanna or bAgawathA or achArya kaimkaryam is being performed if it is seen that he is an impediment to that he must know that he is committing bagwatha bAgawtha achArya apachAram. There are other types of bAgawath bagwatha and AchArya apacharams as well. path 1: Some prapannAs may know that they are impediments to others doing these kaimkaryams merely due to their egos but may not be able to reconcile the fact that what they are doing is an apachAram of the highest order. This is called murattuth thaNmai or being brutally ignorant. For such a soul Lord punishes them within their life time i.e., in this life itself and absolve them of their sins prior to their ascending to mOksham. path 2: The best thing a prapannA can do is to reconcile that he has such ego and lack of wisdom that comes in the way of doing bagwatha bAgwatha achArya kaimkaryam. And that such ego and lack of wisdom is contained by the realization that these are due to the past karmAs and that they are being enacted by the Lord in the process of absolving the sins. At this time perumAL either chooses the path 1 for certain prapannAs to go through or path 2 which is the path of seeking to correct and serve the kula dhAnam. Mostly puNNya athmAs (i.e. one who has several punniyams in additions to some pAvams) are chosen by Lord to seek this path of reconciliation or prAyach chittham. There are others as well who are made to follow these path. Tune into sarangathi journal for more details. perumAL makes them do another saranAgathi (*) for seeking relief from these pAvams or sins that causes these ego and lack of wisdom to commit more apacharams. By doing such, perumAL absolves such left over karmAs as well and let the prapanna do certain kaimkaryams in the rest of the life. When a prapannA commit the apachArams after prapatti when there is no circumstantial need or danger, such sins are absolved by the followings i.e. knowingly well that it is a bagwatha bAgwatha or AchArya apachAram. The first quarter of the sin: 0 to 25 % Feeling bad and repenting in one's mind for such apachArams The second quarter of the sin: 25 % to 50 % Refraining from committing such sins anymore The third quarter of the sin: 50 % to 75 % thinking and attempting to do prAyacchittham The fourth quarter of the sin: 75 % to 100 % is finally absolved by doing prAyacchittham at the feet of those for whom the apachAram was committed Doing prayacchittham is the final phase of the absolving. For a prapanna the praychittham are best followed in the ways mentioned below. if due to brutal ignorance one may not want to reconcile his apachAram a punishment will be given by the Lord during this life of such and the sins will be absolved. If someone has done some parts of the above prAyacchittham and didnot complete the rest, a punishment will substitute the such imcomplete prAyachitthams and the sins will be absolved. But it is the desire of teh Lord that the following may be followed in doing a prAyacchittham. A bAgawatha apachAram committed to a prapanna has to be relieved mainly by seeking relief or prayachittham performed at the feet of such prapannA HIMself or HERself. An AchArya apachAram committed to an AchArya kaimkaryam has to be relieved at the feet of the AchArya HIMself. A bAgwath apachAram is sought to be relieved only by the Lord. Thus for a prapanna who has done sarangathai there is no pirAvi or birth due to his past pAva karmAs after this life one way or the other. note: I learnt the importance of sarangathi from thiruk kudanthai ANdavan in amuthan sannithi and that certainly is an "aRivin payanE" in my teens. The tamil knowledge of Andavan is unquestionable and even tamil scholar from every walk used to admire his holiness's pulahAngitham in tamil. His rasam or bAvam in conveying the essence of saraNAgathi makes even a sAmAnya as similar to adiyEn understand these. I simply surrender this ramblings at his holy feet and seek forgiveness if I have committed any apachAram in writhing these. adiyEn Sampath Rengarajan (*) quoted from vyAkyAnam of navaneetham swami and kAlakshEbams.