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Date: Fri Oct 11 1996 - 09:46:53 PDT
>Prapatti involves the recognition that the Lord is both Upaya and >Upeya, and consequently, could involve no other desire than the >desire for Him. It follows, then, that Prapatti done with the >motivation to secure other fruits could not be considered Prapatti at >all. Is there any evidence for this (i.e. prapatti for other fruits is not prapatti at all) in the sampradaya or verses such as sthOthrarathana? Kaakaasuran surrendered to the Lord with only one thing in mind, escaping the wrath of the asthram the Lord had sent after him. Even though this prapatti was done without any recognition or understanding that the Lord is the Upeya, Kaakaasuran was not only saved from the asthram, but he got mOksham as well. -- Dileepan The Rahasya Traya Sara as well as a number of chillarai Rahasyas of Swami Desikan discusses the question of Prapatti exhaustively. Prapatti is a valid method per shastras for obtaining any fruit one wants similar to a Satyanarayana puja or a temple archana. Swami Desikan asks, "If Prapatti can obtain moksha itself which cannot be obtained by any other method (well almost), can it not deliver other fruits which are comparatively insignificant?" The reason that Prapatti is not used (thankfully) for other fruits is because of so much disinformation spread about it. I am not referring to any postings on the net but conversations with my relatives and other people born in families that descended from Srivaishnavas. Also the handful of people who can do Prapatti will not do it for anything other than moksha. Jaganath.