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Challenge 3.15: "MAKE YOUR MERCY MEANINGFUL!"

Ramanbil_at_aol.com
Date: Mon Oct 25 1999 - 07:11:28 PDT

SwAmi VEdAnta DEsika's "NaichyAnusanthAnam" and 
"SAtvika AhamkAram "
(As gleaned from his StOtras.) - 
Part 3 - SWAMI CHALLENGES!
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Dear Bhagavatas
Kindly refer to "Part 3 - SWAMI CHALLENGES! An Introductory Note" - posted on 
10th October 99. I am leaving out this to avoid repetition 
You may read that to appreciate this posting in the proper perspective. 
Dasoham
Anbil Ramaswamy
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A Correction to Posting 3.14

Paragraph 4 reads as
" When *Statham* turned the fetus in the womb of Utharai into a log of 
charcoal, (as 'pAnDava pakshapAdhi'), you dispatched your Chakrayudham to 
protect the fetus, which subsequently bloomed at birth as Prince Pareekshith."
The word "AswathAma" may be substituted for the word "Statham".
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Challenge 3.15: "MAKE YOUR MERCY MEANINGFUL!"
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tharithum Achyutha! duritham asmin dEha Eka divasEpi kritham /
kAlOlam na sakalah: karuNayAs thava poorNa pAthram asmi ayam //
(Achyutha Sathakam SlOkam 76)

Meaning

"Oh! aDiyavarkku meyyanE!
The multitude of sins I commit on a single day is such that if I were to go 
through the consequences, it might take several lives. Thus, I am eminently 
suited to receive your mercy.

What is the use of granting your grace on those who have done lot of 'puNyam'?
Your grace can have any meaning at all and show its full force ONLY if it can 
be applied to me - the greatest sinner of all mankind for all time!.

So, if you want to make your mercy meaningful, there is no better way than to 
make it flow incessantly towards me"

Comment

SwAmi expresses similar sentiments when he says -
" anubhavithum aghowkam analam AgAmikAlah:" 
meaning- whatever future there is for me will not be sufficient to wipe off 
the results of the multitude of my sins. Here, SwAmi says that the quantum of 
his sins committed in one single day is more than what his entire future 
would be able to neutralize!"
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To Continue Challenge 3.16: BE TRUTHFUL TO YOURSELF!"
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