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RE: Ashaucham & Nitya Karma

From: L. Vijayaraman (
Date: Thu Oct 22 1998 - 10:35:44 PDT

Sriman Narayana,

This is in referrence to adiyen's doubt on Ashaucham & Nitya karma, the 
private discussions between adiyen and Sriman Muralidhar Rangaswamy. 
adiyen feel the latest mail from Sriman Muralidhar Rangaswamy is worth 
reading by other members of this bhakti group, even though this is not in 
relation with the doubts mentioned erstwhile. It all originated from the point 
of reciting Prathama Rahasyam soon after Gayatri japam but before Gayatri 
upasthAnam, the procedure which is adopted by AhObila Mutt sisyas.

H.H. Srimad Andavan Swami of 
Poundarikapuram Ashramam stressed on the importance of Nitya Anushtanam 
during my last visit to India (June 1997). In it he 
mentioned that only two Mantrams have their origins directly from the 

(1)Gayathri Mantram
(2) Ashtakshara Mantram

All other Mantrams are of PuraNic origin. Therefore, these two 
Mantrams occupy a pride of place for every Sri Vaishnava. Gayathri, 
the mother of Vedas, points the way to Lord Narayana, the Veda Purushan. 
Consequently, recitation of Tirumantram follows the 
recitation of the Gayathri Mantram.