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Re: Ekadashi

From: Parthasarati Dileepan (MFPD_at_UTCVM.UTC.EDU)
Date: Thu Mar 07 1996 - 14:06:16 PST

My comments are strictly about "sin" and pleasing or
angering our Lord.

On Thu, 7 Mar 1996 21:32:58 +0000 (GMT) Anand said:
>Secondly, as our Acharyas always point out the concept of sin and
>deliverance is not there in our philosophy.

    How would you interpret the Charama slOka?

Srimannarayana is
>personification of love and affection. Even one stray thought about him
>and there is no question of sin. That does not mean we go out and
>deliberately kill someone or do somethings forbidden. Srivaishnava
>philosophy is one of universal love for our lord. We do these things
>neither to please him, for there is no concpet of pleasing or angering

    Swami Sri Desikar specifies five angaas for Prapatti.
    Two among these five are (1) anukoolya sangalpam and
    (2) praathikoolyavarjanam.  From these one can deduce
    that our actions must be such that the Lord will be
    pleased with us and not be angered at us.  Two actions
    that are sure to provoke His anger are (1) not performing
    duties that are ordained, and (2) committing bhaagavatha
    apachaaram.  Bhaagavatha apachaaram is such a great sin
    that our Lord will reject the prapatti we do as just duping
    and will deny paramapadham.

    Our sampradayam does accept concepts such as heaven and hell.
    If there is nothing called sin, then there is no need for a
    place called hell.

    It is my understanding that in Charama slOka our Lord has
    given His word to deliver us from our sins if we surrender
    to Him.  How can we then conclude that there is nothing
    called sin?

    Since I lack theoretical knowledge my comments may be far
    off the mark. If so I seek your forgiveness.

dhaasan Parthasarati dhileepan