You are here: Sri Vaishnava Home Page : Bhakti List : Archives : May 1999

Re: mAyA sItA

From: Mani Varadarajan (mani_at_be.com)
Date: Fri May 28 1999 - 12:19:56 PDT

Sri Vishnu wrote:
>             This mAyA sItA vruttAntam, which finds place in purANas
> (BhavishyOttara/vArAha?), was quoted by BhagavadrAmAnuja in his arguments
> with the Saivas of Tirupati region.

As stated earlier, acharyas in the Sri Vaishnava tradition
do not accept the Maya Sita story. If it has been reported
that Ramanuja used this story at Tirupati, this must be a 
recent revision of history.  According to the earliest biographies, 
there are few details of what arguments Ramanuja actually made, 
and the Maya Sita story would have had little if any relevance 
to the dispute.

Sri Vaishnava acharyas stick to Srimad Valmiki Ramayanam
and Alvar paasurams for the story of Rama. For additional anubhavas, 
they read Kamban, whose story is based entirely on Valmiki, by his 
own admission.

We are best advised to do the same.

Mani