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status of lakshmi

From: sudarshan madabushi (
Date: Mon Mar 29 1999 - 21:48:05 PST

Dear Sri.Jagan,
Here is something on the status of Lakshmi I found on the 
Bhakti-archives of September'98. It might me useful to you as a layman 
like myself.


(from the archives):
Dear friends,
I have been browsing through all your excellent discussions on the 
position of Sri: and BhagavAn in SriVaishnava theology.

Please permit me to make a small interjection.

To the uninitiated --- to those of you who may have trouble 
understanding the true relationship between BhagavAn and Sri: (and how 
the two in the SriVaishnava ' vadagalai sampradAyam' are held to be 
inseparable and in fact are said to cohere into each other as One and 
the Same) ---  to those who might be grappling with that particularly 
difficult concept (made doubly difficult by the profusion of Sanskrit 
terminology accompanying such discussions), I have a small and simple 
suggestion to share and which I believe might help : 

"Please take time to dwell a while on the theoretical concepts of

Ask yourself if you can conceive of electricity without its so-called
"polar" aspects. 

At the kinetic level electricity  is defined as energy-source made up of 
"positive/negative" charge. But at a functional level  --- at the level 
where energy is multifariously applied and used --- do you perceive 
anything even remotely suggesting the "duality" or "polarity" of 
electric power at work? 

A force that is essentially "dual" in conception is actually a "unit" of 
kinetic function, isn't it? (Hasn't it ever struck you as strange that 
power should always be expressed in "UNITS" of Kwh or Mwh!! Compare this 
on the other hand with something like, say, "pressure" which in the case 
of "blood-pressure" we all know is always measured in terms of its 
essential "duality" i.e. its "systolic and diastolic" components.)

In similar fashion, thus, "BhagavAn" and "Sri:" too may be roughly
conceived of as the "dual/polar" charges of the central "unity"
constituting upanishadic "para-brahmham". 

One does not, indeed, cannot exist or function without the other. 
They are different and yet are the same. 
They appear discrete even while they inseparably cohere!

Please carry on with your very interesting discussions.

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