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Purusha Sooktham

From: Vijay Srinivasan (
Date: Mon Sep 23 1996 - 09:13:26 PDT

Dear Prappati Group Members:

I would like to thank Sadagopan for the info. on Goddess Durga. 

Mr. Sadagopan, I read with great interest your article on Purusha Sooktham. In 
that posting you had mentinoed about the concluding verses of Narayana Sooktham 
as: "He is Brahma, He is Hari, He is Indra etc.".  I think, in the Vaishnava 
tradition "He is Hari" is not included.  It appears that this is not there in 
the original text.  This is explained in Gopala Desikan's book.  Also 
Ramanujacharya in Vedartha Sangraha specifically refers to this verse as one of 
the supporting arguments for Paratatva-nirnayam. The correct way to say it is:
"Sa Brahama, Sa Siva, Sendra, Sokshara Parama Svaraat...".  Adi Sankara quotes 
in Sahasranama Bhashyam :"Vedeshu Pourusham Sooktham, Puraneshu Vaishnavam..", 
it is clear how important is Purusha Sooktham.  It is a must to learn according 
to our Acharyas.

Vijayaraghavan Srinivasan