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From: Bharadwaj, Jaganath (jbb0_at_nreca.org)
Date: Wed Nov 12 1997 - 08:17:49 PST
When I was in India, I put the question to Sri Srivatsarangachariar, the prime disciple of Uththamoor Veer Raghavachariar as to whether the Azhwars are Nitya Suris or baddha jivatmas, simply by their being on earth. He told me that in the Vadagalai tradition, Swami Desikan made it very clear that the Azhwars are incarnations of the Shankhu etc and are Nitya Suris. He also mentioned that in the Tengalai tradition the Azhwars are considered baddha jivatmas who got moksham at the end of that life. I guess as far as we are concerned, Sri Bhuvarahacharya Swami has stuck faithfully to his tradition. Vadagalais do not have to accept this part of his message, but can take the message of remembering the Azhwars and their works as an instruction from Sriman Narayana. What I gathered from my discussions with and various Upanyasams I have heard from Sri Srivatsarangachariar, is that Nitya Suris and mukta jivatmas can and do take avatarams to serve Sriman Narayana in the leela vibhuti. adiyen jaganath.