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From: Sudarsan Parthasarathy (
Date: Sat May 29 1999 - 18:42:12 PDT

Sri Raamajayam
A few more clarifications please, this time it is on our favourite Ithihaasa, Srimad Raamayanam.

1.In Aditya Hridayam, which is an integral part of Srimad Raamayanam(Yuddha Kaandam), there is a verse "Yesha Brahmascha, Vishnuscha,
Sivas skanda Prajapathihi....".  I have to revisit the translation from the Bhakthi list(since I remember only the jist, and the
article is treasured at my workplace).  But the hymn casually address Sri.Vishnu with Brahma, Siva and Skanda with no unique clarity
on Parthvam to Sriman Naarayan.  That too when we consider Suryan itself as Sriman Naarayanan("Suryae/Sathyam Jyothishi Jyohomi...").
A broader explanation on such Ithihaasic verses will be nice to hear.

2.In Devipatnam(Navabhaashanam), Sri.Rama prayed to the Navagrahas and apparently Siva Lingaas at Rameswaram(since our Dhanuskodi
Perumaal is now in Pammal).  These worship are not in the Mental plane (like previously discussed Dhyaana Mantraas, where we have
Dhyaanam of Sriman Naarayanan, and not Indra, Rudra, Sudarsan or Mani), but in the Physical plane, which we are specifically
encouraged as Sri Vaishnavites, not to practice.  In fact there are many other instances found not only in Srimad Raamayanam, but also
in Mahaa Bharatham. Any explanation on this topic is awaited eagerly.

Adiyen is extremely honoured with replies from Bhagavathaas like Sri.Mani, Sri.Sadagopan, Sri.Anand Karalapaakam(privately I will ask
you for your mentors and Acharya's to fulfill the purpose of my Upanayanam, before I am worthy of Samasrayanam).  I had to share my
ignorance(I am thankful I did), to deeply understand what I practice and want to cherish.