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Bhakti & Prapatti -4

From: Balaraman M Sriram (
Date: Mon Sep 28 1998 - 12:23:35 PDT

Dear Sri Vaishnavas,

Sri Mani wrote

>>    Even if    one of the requirements gets unfulfilled , Prapatti is 
not >>   complete &    moksham won't be granted by Sriman nArAyaNA.  

>If, out of ignorance or unintentional error, someone falls short
>of the ideal, is it not the greatness of the Lord that he still
>accepts the devotee? Perfect prapatti a la Nammalvar is a very 
>difficult state to reach

I understood Sri Anand to mean perfection to one's best of abilities. 
This is similar to saying "Only if you aim for 100% you will atleast get 
70". To start with if we say since we are nitya bhadas and any way we 
are bound to make mistakes, we will continue to make
mistakes taking the whole thing too leniently. I think such an approach 
smacks of  insincerity.

Despite our best efforts there will be mistakes and that will be 
accepted/forgiven by the Lord. Ignorance/Unintentional error etc is not 
and never an excuse.I suppose the ignorance arises out of
past karma.Burn out the karma and there cannot be ignorance.

>I think our AcAryas' tiruvuLLam 
>was that we should try our best to be perfect prapannas, 


>but our  
>very imperfection is the cause for our prapatti and consequently
>for His acceptance of us.  

If this was completely true then prapatti should be the only way for 
moksham. But that is not the case. There are definitely other 
methods/ways though difficult they still exist.



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