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Date: Mon Nov 26 2001 - 15:27:53 PST

Sri Venkata Gurave Nama:

Sri. Govind,

After one's Samhassrayanam, one is expected to live in faith (Maha
Visvasam) and spend his time in hearing the  Lord's leelas and Acharya's

In this regard, associating to any Satsangam is welcome esp when you are
singing the Praise of Lord.
The fact that  most of these Satsangams are organized by devoted members
of Advaitic sampradayam should not be the reason for not participating in
Mahans like Sridhara Ayyawal,  or Bodenral were great devotees of Sri
Krishna/Sri Rama.

Should you encounter any situation where you are asked to sing  any
'bhajan' for Ganapati or any demi Gods, there is nothing wrong in humbly
refusing to do it as  it goes against our Sampradayam. However, you should
not lose an opportunity to hear Upanyasams of Mahatmas like Sri Krishna

 Sri Krishna Premi is well respected by learnt scholars like Karpankadu
Swami, Thirukoiluyr Jeeyar etc..  It is very rare to find Sri Krishna
not quoting Sri Bhattar, Alwan or Swami Desikan in his Upanyasams.

Our Poorvacharyas never considered Advaitis as  untouchables. Such a thing
goes against Sri Krishna/Sri Ramanuja's philosophy.
Appaya Dikshitar, one of greatest Advaitic scholors was a great rasika of
Koortalwan's works  and was associated with Swami Desikan and Devaperumal.

Sri Mukkur Laskhmi Nrismhachar used to many times vquote from Sri Sankara
thru Sri Vidayranaya swami in his discourse, Yet he remained as a
steadfast Sri Vaishnava.

Even while, strongly  refuting the philosophy of Sri Sankra,  Sri Ramanuja
was very humble and critiqued only the philosophy portion and not the
person. This trend continues even today among the learnt scholars of
Ramanuja Samradayam. They consider that Adi Sankra as a great Bhatkata of
Lord, In his  youth he gave out his  Advaitic philosophy and however, in
his latter years, he longed for devotion to Lord.

It was Ramanuja who ensured in Sri Rangam people of  Dwaita and Adwaita
sampradaya,  who accepted Vedas as pramanam  participate in different
kaimkaryams in temple affairs.(This continues even today)

Our Alwars hrudayam was favoring something like 'Bhajan'. (Refer, Perumal
Thirumozhi... "Adi Padi, Aarangavo Enru Azaikum' pasuram, Here Kulasekara
Azhwar, longs for chanting the holy names by dancing and singing)..

Analogus to this we have  Ghosti format advocated by our Poorvacharyas, we
are expected to chant the prabhandam in unison(not in a discordant way as
we see in some places). We need to encourage youth to come to streets to
participate in Ghosti and also teach them the verses of Prabandam by their
heart so that while rendering, the note is not discordant but in unison.


KM Narayanan on 11/24/2001 09:58:14 AM



I belong to vadagalai sampradaya and got my samasrayanam done by his
Divine Grace Sri Sri Mukkur Swami. I am yet to undertake the
parasamarpanam ( Bharanyasam). I have a question to this group:

I have been associated with a SAT SANGA every week for about 2 hours
involving myself in a BHAJAN in which songs composed in praise of
Lord krishna, Lord Jagannnatha and all other SRI VISHNU MOORTHIs by
SRI SRI Krishna Premi Swami is being sung by few of the devotees of
Sri Sri Krishna Premi Swami.In the first half an hour the devotees
sing bhajans in praise of acharyas belong to saiva sampradaya for eg
BHAVAN NAMA BODENDRAL,ETC AND ALSO  in praise of Sri Krishna premi
swami. But the rest one and half hours is devoted to krishna bajans.
Please clarify whether it is in order to involve myself in such a
satsang praising the other acharyas AFTER OBTAINING THE
PARASAMARPANAM which I intend taking shortly.Also clarify whether I
can continue listening to the lectures of SRI krishna premi swami
lectures ( as he basically follows advaita samprdaya )after my



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