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Date: Thu Oct 19 1995 - 07:41:53 PDT
When I stated the two reasons that could make Prapatti ineffective I was quoting Srimad Azhagiya Singar the 45th Jeer of Sri Ahobila Mutt. In reply to Ramadasa's question, the Guru is worshipped and given a level of respect equal to Krishna. Lakshmi is His consort and therefore does not have Her loka in the material world and is also worshipable on a level equal to Krishna. The only difference is that our relationship with Her is like that of a mother and child and the 5 different rasas we could have with Narayana cannot be had with Lakshmi. Hanuman and Garuda do not have lokas in the material world that they control. They are constantly engaged in the service of Sriman Narayana. When we think of Hanuman we automatically think of Rama and Sita. They are also worshipable in the same way that a Guru is worshipped. Offering lamps to Ganesha Saraswati etc is not a practice done in Sri Sampradaya. The distinction between Nanaskara and Aradhana is very fine and I do not know exactly where the line is drawn. Most learned Srivaishnavas that I know restrict the Namaskara to Anya Devatas to 3 times a day when they do the Sandhya Vandanam. Towards the end of the Sandhya Vandanam they chant "Sarvabhyo Devatabhyo Namo Namah:" Other Sampradayas are more liberal when it comes to interpreting Krishnas instructions in the Geeta in the 5 shlokas beginning with "Bahunam Janmanamante..." I am not familiar with the term Mukhyaprana. Jaganath.