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Re: The "real" fear...

madhav.vasudevan_at_sg.abb.com
Date: Sun Sep 23 2001 - 19:04:23 PDT

SrI:
SrImathe Ramanujaya namah:
Dear Smt Sheela Belur,
adiyEn's praNAmams.
What you said is 100 percent true. Srivaishnavas (ParamaikAnthins) ned not
worry or fear about anything at all.
Once surrendered to Sriya: Pathi, worrying about anything (be it this life
or the SrivaikUNta life), is lacking in unconditional faith in Him. No
difference of opinion at all.

BUT..:-)

A srivaishnavan is one who feels, "aiyO" ;takes pity on; who empathsies
with; for the suffering.
One who is a vaishnav- who Knows the pain of others and (Par-dukhkhe upkaar
kare toye) does good to others, esp. to those ones who are in misery.

What that burstsout in Srivaishnava is to pray to his Lord for showerring
His grace on the suffering..
One amy argue that the Lord knows what to give them and it is their karmA/
fate etc.. A Srivaishnava scholar may also be aware of the same. But
feeling for the suffering is a different attribute.

On the same token, though not 100 % identical, for comparson' sake: This is
similar to taking an umbrella or covering with a cloth when the Lord's
utsava mUrthi is take on procession on the streets, and is found to be
under the direct sun. He is Sarvagnan; equivalent to 1000 Suns (why should
one cover Him with the umbrella?.should not be the attitude. aiO! en appan
mEl veiyil padarathE.. should be the outburst)

On the same token, the feeling for others' misery and suffering and prayers
to the Lord for saving them too.

adiyEn's view point. I may be wrong. (not uncommon)
Please forgive me for errors and indulgence.

Regards
Narayana Narayana
aDiyEn
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Smt Sheela Belur wrote:
srimatE rAmAnujaya nama:

There have been a lot of postings on the recent terrorist fear and
"praying to EmberumAn" to save us etc... Does not Perumal know what
is good for us and the mankind at large...? Does He have to be
reminded to do His duty? I can understand such thoughts of praying
for a material cause if it comes of from a group of people who are
NOT into "Shrivaishnavism"... I am, to a certain extent, sort of
surprised at these coming from a Shrivaishnava group such as this...
Alwars and PurvAcharyAs have time and again said the "real fear"
should be of the "samsAra" and the only way to get rid of that fear
is to "surrender" to Him (thru ofcourse the grace of an Acharya) in
order to release onself from this  "samsAra sAgaram ghOram ..anantha
klEsha bhAjanam"...I have heard in kAlakshepams that learned elders
request Perumal saying "please do not make me an object for your
'leelai' (meaning in Leela vibhoothi) but an object for your
'kainkaryam' (meaning in Nithya vibhoothi)". Time and again we listen
to kAlakshepams where they say that as long as we live in this
samsAra, every chEtana HAS to undergo fear one kind or the other
(janma , mrthyu, jara ,vyadhi bhayam...) and there is no escape..the
only escape is when , by His grace and Acharya sambhandham, we come
out of this cycle of births.. This being the case,  praying to
Perumal to relieve us of fear in this world is something that does
not seem to be a  real "Shrivaishnava" thought or action...

Please pardon me if I have said anything wrong...

rAmAnuja dAsi


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