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Date: Thu Nov 07 1996 - 05:37:26 PST
Mani wrote: > >At the very minimum, a basic knowledge of the >nature of the self is requisite for the prapanna. Question: What happens to a person who goes through the motions of bara nyasam when he is young and under the control of parents, but after that caught up in day-to-day life and never thinks of the Lord, nature of self or such things? Almost anyone born as a human being whether as Hitler or Mother Theresa would have thought about these things at some time in their lives. The only difference is whether the conclusion that one comes to is correct or not. In a case of a scenario as stated by Sri Dileepan above, Sriman Narayana will see to it that at some time in that person's life the 5 angas will come to gether and the process of Prapatti will be complete. It will be the same situation as with bhara nyasam for the temple cow or elephant. The only thing that the person who has had this bhara nyasam has to watch out for is "Bhagavata apacharam" and "anya devata aradhana". If he avoids these two in the course of his life, or having committed them, regrets having done that even in the last moment of his life, he will still go to Vaikuntham. When Bharanyasam is administered by an Acharya of the highest calibre, Sriman Narayana has no choice but to accept the dictates of the Acharya. In fact at that point it is only Sriman Narayana who talks through the Acharya. Would he attain mOksham at the end of his present life, per our theology? If so, is a basic knowledge of self a requisite? Please note that my question is not about what is desirable. Thanks, Dileepan -- Dileepan Jaganath.