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Re: srichoorna paripAlanai- reason
Date: Mon Nov 12 2001 - 11:16:57 PST

Dear Sri Mani,

How does this stance ("not sufficient") agree with Sri 
Madhurakavi Azhvar?

> Association with Sri Ramanuja or Sri Ramanuja's tradition
> is neither necessary nor sufficient to attain the moksha;

He himself states that "thEvu maRRaRiyEn" - I know of
no God but my acharyan Swami Nammazhvar. The vyakyAdars
of KaNNiNun SiRuththAmbu also state that in liberation
while Sriman Narayana stands in the beginning it is the
acharya that stands at the end. I guess one could make the
argument that it is Sriman Narayanan that worked through
Swami Nammazhvar, but then that wouldn't stop the extension
to Sri Ramanujar.

Kanninun Siruththambu also addresses the question whether
one needs an acharyan to reach Him. While the mind, speech
and body (other indriyas) are needed to be focused completely
on Him to reach Him, Sri Madhurakvi Azhvar states that just
saying his acharyan's name was sufficient ("nAvinAl naviRRU
inbam eithinEn") for him to attain the same. We all know that
it is impossible for us (at least almost all of us) to focus
even one indriya on Him all the time, so where is the chance
of using all. Hence it is imperative that we have acharya
sambantham and perhaps that is all we are capable of (which
in effect must be sufficient).

adiyEn madhurakavi dAsan
TCA Venkatesan

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