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Date: Thu Oct 10 1996 - 12:16:17 PDT
Whether one reads the invocatory references in the Vedartha Sangraha, Geeta Bhashya or the Gadya traya, Ramanuja pays His respects to Yamunacharya, His Guru whom He never met. While Ghoshtipurna, Mahapurna, Sailapurna and others may have taught Ramanujacharya the various rahasyarthas etc, Ramanujacharya's realization and understanding of these meanings was because of a Prapatti done by Yamunacharya. Prapatti as is understood today is done only for moksha. But Prapatti can be done for securing other fruits as well, as in the case of Draupadi, who did so for the safety of her husbands. In the case of Yamunacharya, He did a special prapatti to obtain Ramanujacharya as a successor and a leader of the Srivaishnava community. All the Gurus that Ramanujacharya met in his lifetime and the teachings obtained by Him were the result of this Prapatti. In gratitude for this, Ramanujacharya meditated on Yamunacharya and not on the feet of Ranganatha or Ranganayaki at the time of His departure from Bhuloka. Jaganath.