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From: Shrikanth, J (shrikant_at_math.jhu.edu)
Date: Fri Oct 25 1996 - 13:12:41 PDT
Dear Bhaktas, The recent posts on swayamAchArya purushAs have been extremely informative. I have a small question about the history of samashrayanam. Shri Mani (among others) writes: It should be pointed out that even maTha swamis must be from svayam acharya purusha families. By tradition, only these people are authorized to have samASrayaNam done for people. Does this mean that samashrayanams stated being performed only after this period ? I had assumed that it was an ancient rite among Vaishnavas. For example, I thought that what the azhwar says in Tiruppallandu refers to the samashrayanam. (Pardon the bad transliteration! ) tiyir pozhigindra cencudaraazhi tigazhtiruc-cakkarattin koyirporiyaale otrundunindru kudikuiy-atceygindrom Rough translation: Bearing the imprint of the holy Cakra, caused by the fiery- hot, consecrated instrument, we have been at the Lord's service for generations. Any information from the bhagavatotamas of the group will be appreciated. namo nArAyaNA Shrikanth.