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Re: mAyA sItA

From: Anand Karalapakkam (anand_at_engr.uconn.edu)
Date: Sun May 30 1999 - 10:07:55 PDT

SrI:
SrI Lakshminrusimha ParabrahmaNE namaha
SrI Lakshminrusimha divya pAdukA sEvaka SrIvaNN-
SatakOpa SrI nArAyaNa yateendra mahAdESikAya namaha

 Dear Sri Mani and Sri Srimahavishnu,
 namO nArAyaNA.


Sri Mani Varadarajan wrote:

> 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 U.Ve. KarunAkaran swAmi, a leading SriVaishnava vidvAn,
 has already said that, the mAyA sIta episode described in the purANAs
 needn't be dismissed right away and it is regarded as the kalpa
 bEdham. Also, when yemperumAnAr Himself has cited it (as per
 the information provided by Sri Srimahavishnu), adiyEn feels that
 it is certainly a case of "kalpa bEdham". 

 adiyEn rAmAnuja dAsan
 ananthapadmanAbha dAsan
 krishNArpaNam