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Was SrivaishNavism spread by only Iyers?

From: T.V.Venkatesh (tvv_at_sanmargroup.com)
Date: Tue May 04 1999 - 04:32:24 PDT

Dear Sri Narayan,

I tend to give a very crude reply to the questions of your "Iyer 
Friend".

It at all it is true that RAmAnujar was an iyer and so are other 
AzhwArs, why should they make a philosophy that Sriman NArAyaNan is 
THE "PARATHATTUVAM". They should have only said the He is the top 
most servant of SivA and likewise. These arguments are really 
baseless.

Take the case of Thirumazhisai AzhwAr who even won a battle with SivA 
when the latter asked the former to request for a boon and the former 
refused to do so. 

If you read thro' the works of any of these AzhwArs and AchAryAs, 
none of them sing about SivA as Supreme. In fact in NAnmugan 
ThiruvandhAdhi, Thirumazhisai AzhwAr says, 

" NAnmuganai NArAyaNan paDaitthAN, NAnmuganum thAn mugamAi 
Sankaranaith thAn paDaitthan ....". In fact this AzhwAr even 
practised Saivam and all other religions. None of the other Azhwars 
did so?

So please discount all those arguments are baseless and foolish. 
However more learned scholars in the group will be giving you a more 
convincing reply

Sorry for digressing so harsh

adiyEn RAmAnuja dAsan

Thirumalai Vinjamoor Venkatesh
Regards

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