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Re: Biographies of Sri Ramanuja

From: Parthasarati Dileepan (MFPD_at_UTCVM.UTC.EDU)
Date: Thu May 02 1996 - 05:23:36 PDT

On Wed, 1 May 1996 17:06:18 -0700 Vidya said:
>Dileepan wrote:
>>       By "all"?  Not here in "prapatti"!!!
>I'm sure the SrI vaishNavas on "prapatti" would have no problems with
>considering rAmAnuja to be an incarnation of AdiSesha. Or, am I wrong?

    Sri Vaishnavas in general accept Sri Ramanuja to be
    an incarnation of Adisesha.  But at least two members
    of prapatti, Badri and Mani have expressed their
    unwillingness to accept this.  Therefore, *in this
    narrow context*, yes, you are wrong.

    Just so there is no misunderstanding, I have no doubt
    that both Badri and Mani hold Sri Ramanuja in very
    high regard.  I am only stating their admitted positions,
    which they have every right to hold and advocate.

>As for the argumentt about the kalais, is the division between the two kalais
>as deep as say the division between smArtas and SrI vaishNavas? My impression
>was that it was not. Now, if one kalai says vedAnta deSika is such and such
>an amSa, and maNavAla mAmuni is another, and this is not acceptable to the
>other kalai, won't this create unnecessary sourness?

     Not if the two kalais show the same magnanimity
     you have shown by accepting Namaazhvaar and Ramanuja
     to be amsaas of Lord.

>>    How far can one progress spirutually with logic?
>Maybe not very far, but no tradition asks you to suspend logic or swing
>to the side of being completely illogical, in order to achieve progress.

     I must say this is not fair, I never said anything like
     this or close to it, I think.

     Let me ask you, and interested others, is there a place
     for blind faith in our religion?

-- regards,  Dileepan