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From: Sampath Rengarajan (srengara_at_ford.com)
Date: Thu Sep 21 1995 - 10:05:08 PDT
SRI BOOMI DEVI SRI OPPILIAPPAN THIRUVADIKALE SARANAM The basis that our jeer 44th pontiff of ahobila mutt used to say in simple terms is one when peroforms the Baranyaasam worship only and only Sriman Naaraayanan as per the pricnciples of saranaagathi. It is complete trust on HIM to render the salavtion from birth and death first and moksham next. The second thing is according to many citations from various puraanaas, Moksham which is a higher stage as compared to the relief from birth and death, can be sanctioned only and only by Sriman Naraayanan or Mahaa vishnu. The concept of Moksham is different from kailaasapatham or shushupthi or any other such state of being.(There are five stages of aatmans being). The only resolve of a srivaishnava is to attain moksham and serve lord Vishnu. The only giver of such patham is himself and noone else. So the elders in family who had done Baranyaassam instructs the youngers in the family to go to srivishnu temple only as a way to prepare for the Baranyaasam stage. THOUGH THIS MUST HAVE BEEN THE ORIGINAL REASON FOR SRIVAISHNAVAAS NOT GOING TO SHIVAN TEMPLE, this is not in common practice anymore among many srivaishnavaas living in major cities. But I donot see any harm or wrong doing in the elders view on following Baranyaamsam principles. Even now when our Jeer visits thiruch chithrak koodam, the only temple where Lord Nataraja and Lord Govindaraajan are next to each other the former facing south and the later facing east (by chronolgy it is reversed ie Lord Govindan (the one who knows all JIvans very well) comes first and Lord Haran next in creation of various faculties), orthodox Vaishnavaas take the east entrance to enter and worship only Lord Govindaraajan. There is a separate Dvajasthambam and straight entarnce facing Lord Govindarajan available to facilitate this. Lord Nataraaja is in the form of Ahaasa lingam and Lord Govindaraajna is in the mode of Saathviham here as given by some quotes. Maarkandeyaa muni is a classic example. He got immortality from Lord SHiva but then he was wanting to attain higher stages of being. Shiva advised him to pray Vishnu as HE alone can deliver this and that Shiva himself is bounded by Vishnu maayaa (there are proof to this statement) and noone has the power to come over vishnu maaya. meaning that as long as one is governed by the Vishnu Maaya they cannot grant moksham. The only other who can qualify a person for moksham is vishnu mayya herself who is in the form of Kauveri Nathi. Th tradition is that Ganges (who originated from the foot of Lord Vishnu and hence had the purity to dissole sins) who clears all the sins of anyone and overloaded by virtue of it with sins comes to kauveri at SriRangam on thulaa massam to clear her deposits of sins and purify herself. This is stated in thulaa kauveri puraanam. After going over to thirty two shekthrams praying lord vishnu, Maarkandeyaa atained moksham from Lord vishnu at Thiruch chERai (thala puraanam). Shankara's message also points to the fact that Lord Naraayaana can only deliver this. This may be the reason why Smarthaas pray both Shivaa and Vishnu, but srivaishnavaas pray only Lord Vishnu. One can derive a meaning from Swami Desikan's work that Lord Vishnu is the creator of brahmaa and then came Lord Shivaa. SO even, as per causa facta it only leads to Lord VasudEvan (Lord vishnu in his original form) as the origin of everything and every possible demi gods. So why not worship that eternal source only ? There are seven shektraas which can grant moksham just by visiting there and praying the lord in that shektram. Srirangam, Dwarakaa, and what others can anyone post ? The Y in thiruman stands for both the foot of Lord and U stands for only one feet. Sampath Rengi.