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Date: Thu May 01 1997 - 07:04:38 PDT
Srivaishnava Acharyas only accept the original Valmiki Ramayana as Pramanam. Swami Desikan states that "All the Vedas speak in one voice about the supremacy of Sriman Narayana and his glories..." Sri Mukkur Lakshmi Nrsimhachariar states in one Kalakshepam that Sita and Rama acted out the Vedas so that ehey could be enjoyed everyone and attain perfection. Anything that contradicts the original Ramayana will not be accepted by our Acharyas. Also, whether one takes the case of the our Azhwars, or the Gopis of Vrindavana or Sita in Ashoka Vana, or Bharata in Nandigrama, their Parama Bhakti was in their burning separation from Sriman Narayana which they found impossible to bear. This is stated by Narada in the Narada Bhakti Sutra as the highest form of Bhakti. (This sutra, though called bhakti talks about Prapatti only and references to bhakti here are as the fruit of Prapatti and not Bhakti Yoga.) Jaganath.