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Re: srichoorna paripAlanai- reason

mani_at_alum.calberkeley.org
Date: Fri Nov 09 2001 - 10:29:38 PST

--- In bhakti-list@y..., bvsheela@y... wrote:
> 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.

In the interests of accuracy, it should be pointed out that
the attainment of moksha is possible only through the grace
of the Lord who is the paramAtman seated within the heart.
Association with Sri Ramanuja or Sri Ramanuja's tradition
is neither necessary nor sufficient to attain the moksha;
rather, it is a helpful factor (perhaps the most helpful 
factor) on the way to becoming a jnAni, a 'wise one'.  As
Sri Ramanuja explains, following up on Lord Krishna's remarks,
the jnAni is one who has an unbearable thirst for the Lord and
the Lord alone.  Sri Ramanuja also clarifies so explicitly in
Sribhashya, the Lord alone is once again the 'setu' to 'amRta' 
-- the bridge to immortality.  The jnAni recognizes this in his 
or her very being and is therefore is that rare vessel that is 
completely filled with the grace of the Lord.

Being such a jnAni is concomitant with the attainment of
moksha -- so, if I may clarify your statement above, to be
faithful to Sri Ramanuja's own teachings, we must say that 
we anoint the lifeless body with tirumaN kAppu to recognize
that *the Lord's grace* was fully operative in respect to
the jIva who ensouled that body, and in this last earthly
sojourn this jIva attained the state of 'jnAni'.

With regards,
aDiyEn rAmAnuja dAsan,
Mani




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