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Re: Bhagavatas in Ancient India

lsrinivas_at_yahoo.com
Date: Sun Mar 18 2001 - 06:21:45 PST

--- In bhakti-list@y..., "Malolan Cadambi" <mcadambi@y...> wrote:
> Deat Sriman Vishal Agarwal,
> 
> I have a few queries on Aalavandaars' explanations on the veda 
shakha which
> are supposed to be followed by Sri Vaishnavas.
> 
> You mention that :
> > the Agamapramanya of Sri Yamunamuni says that Sri Vaishnavas are 
followers
> of
> > the Sukla Yajurveda Sakha, Katyayana sutra). If I remember 
correctly, the
> > Ahirbudhnya Pancharatra Samhita also says that Kanva Sakha is of 
the
> > Pancharatrins.

Sri Agarwal has evidently mixed up the context a little here. 

Agamapramanyam while talking of the vedic affiliation of the *ancient 
Bhagavatas* who observe the pancaratra ritual says that they belong 
to the ekAyanasAkha of the vAjasaneyin's who themselves represent the 
Sukla yajur veda. The relevant quote is, "when one sees learned 
people, who day after day study the ekayanasakha of the vAjasanayins, 
wear prominently their sacred threads and upper garments and hair 
tufts, impart teaching, offer sacrifices, and receive priestly 
stipends does one not know instantly ..." etc etc.

Hope this helps,

LS


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