Śrī Vaiṣṇavism

The Truth regarding the Supreme Deity Though we know in general about God as indicated above, it is imperative to understand who the Supreme Divine is: By knowing this it becomes possible to worship the one God who can grant Realisation speedily and without our having to beseech any other godhead. Otherwise the pathway to that Supreme will remain unknown.

Classification of Qualified Persons: Different Classes among them. There are two kinds of such qualified aspirants who are engaged in the pursuit of Moksha. Those who perform prapatti for the sake of moksha alone are Direct Aspirants. The rest perform Prapatti for the proper fulfilment of bhakti that leads to Moksha. Prapatti (Surrender) is done in two ways. One is

Fitness for Prapatti He who does not go in for other ways to reach his goal and prefers Prapatti alone which is the path of renunciation (Nyāsa), he must understand his fitness for it. Here ‘ fitness ' would mean the desire the aspirant has for his goal, and his capacity to undertake the method: The capacity includes an understanding

The Man who has done Prapatti After having performed Prapatti in this manner, the aspirant has nothing else to do at any time. He should not repeat the performance after having done it. By doing only once, he is assured of result. Since the Lord is independent and is an image of Truth who is the giver of results, he

Ultimate Object of Life The earlier chapter said that service should be rendered to the devotees in the same way as one serves the Lord. The reasons are as follows. Śāstras say this jivātmā is Śe ṣa and the Lord is the Śe ṣi . Śrī Rāmānuja has explained the meaning of this statement in his Vedānta Saṅgraha : One

Atonement for Offences When an aspirant thinks he is Śeṣa to the Lord, performs service in accordance with the śāstras and is free from any danger, he will not deliberately indulge in sin. Will it not be against his chosen kainkarya? If at some time or other due to the results of action in a past birth he finds himself

The Way That Exists The Jīvātmā had suffered through births on this earth for aeons. By the Lord's grace gained for no reason it is freed from the bondage of birth. Learning the Truth by studying authentic śāstras, the Jīvātmā becomes desirous of gaining Moksha. Performing the upāya (the means), he gets saved. Recognising his present state, he learns to

The Tirumantra Till now important information, which good people should know, has been conveyed through replies to questions. All this is revealed by the three secrets , in Tirumantra, Dvaya –and Charama śloka , which Vedanta Deśika takes up for detailed exegesis now. Of these three the Tirumantra avers that the Jīvātmā is servant of the Lord: It removes hurdles,

The Dvaya Mantra The Dvaya mantra makes clear the Way indicated by the central syllable of the Tirumantra and the Goal underlined by the third part. The Katta Valli asks us to separate them and repeat them together. This Dvaya mantra has been recorded in Pāñcharātra also. As it is thus found in the Veda and Tantra śāstras, it is

The Charama Śloka Śrīman Nārāyaṇa rests on the Ādiśeṣa in the Milky Ocean. He left it to come to Māthura to uphold Dharma. He incarnated as the Lord of Dvārakā to destroy the wicked and save the virtuous. He was humbler than all of them. When the five Pāṇḍavas with Draupadī surrendered to Him, he became their ambassador. He placed