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Re: Samashraynam

From: Sadagopan (
Date: Thu Mar 01 2001 - 14:10:12 PST

At 08:12 PM 2/28/01 -0800, you wrote:
>Dear members
>I have this strange doubt.Do north indian Vaishnavas also undergo
Samashraynam? or is Samashraynam specific only to south indian vaishnavas.

Dear Sri Badri Narayanan: SamaasrayaNam is a must for every 
Sri VaishNava .The recent case in point is the former President
of India , Sri Sankar Lal from North , who received SamAshrayaNam
and Prapatthi from Srimath PeriyANDavan of Srirangam.

Srimath Azhagiya Singar of Ahobila Mutt in his extensive travels 
thru North Indian towns/Cities/villages has performed 
the purificatory rites of SamAshrayaNam and blesses
those , who have had SamAshrayaNam , with prapatthi.

SamAshrayaNam is a prerequisite for joining the VaishNava
Kulam/Paramparai with Sriman NaarAyanan as the PrathamAchAryan .
SamAshrayaNam means to approach an AchAryan with all ardor
and sincerity to prepare one to lead the celebrated way of 
Sri VaishNavAs irrespective of their caste, creed or Sex.

A person , who receives the five Purifications thru
SamAshrayaNam gets the link to the parampari of Sri VaishNavAs ;
it provides an important turning point in his or her life,
which sets the stage to perform Prapathti or Bhara NyAsam
at the feet of a SadaachAryan to escape from the terrors of 
the cycles of repeated births and deaths and to serve 
Sriman NaarAyaNan in Sri Vaikuntam.

Thus, SamAshrayaNam is the important first step
in the journey of a Mumukshu ( one who desires Moksham).

An excellent and detailed write up by Sri KaralapAkkam
Anand will be very helpful to understand the significance
and principles of SamAshrayaNam. The URL for that posting is:

I recommend it to you very highly.



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