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srichoorna paripAlanai- reason

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Date: Fri Nov 09 2001 - 06:30:53 PST

srimatE rAmAnujAya nama:

Pranamams.

A few months ago I had posted a question in this forum asking for the 
reason for doing "srichoorna paripAlanai" to a prapanna's body after 
the soul leaves the body. I had not received any response from anyone. 
Yesterday in U.Ve. Sriman M.A.Venkatakrishnan Swamy's discourse on 
Tiruppalandu he happened to mention the reason. Since someone else at 
a later date may have the same question, I am recording it in this 
list via this posting.

The only reason Srichoorna paripalanai is done is, since the Atman in 
that body reached paramapadam after leaving that particular body, 
that body is considered very very special and needs to be honored. 
That is because, unlike the countless other bodies that the Atma took 
prior to that, this one is a "special body" in view of the fact that 
while in that body, the Atman went thru pancha samskaram through the 
grace of an Acharya and ultimately attained paramapadam due to 
rAmAnuja sambhandham. It is to show respect for this body that 
"srichoorna paripalanai" and recitation of certain manthrams are done 
for the body. 

Sriman MAV Swamy went on to say how in the case of Jeeyars and 
matAdhipathis, their bodies are even given "tirumanjanam" and the 
theertham from it is given to all those present.

If anyone has more questions on this, they can ask the same during the 
Q & A session that Swami MAV is planning to hold in the coming weeks.

rAmAnuja dAsi



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