The Kaivalyopanishat reads like a Shiva-specific one with 'Uma sahayam parameshwaram ....' and also at the end specifies Sri Rudram as the means to attain to the goal. Is this acceptable to Vaishnavas in general and srivaishnavas specifically?

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    The Narayanastra site has a Sri Vaishnava commentary on the Kaivalya Upanishad: narayanastra.blogspot.in/2018/01/… Commented Feb 19, 2018 at 7:12
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    Is that commentary authenticated by any Purvacharyas? To be specific, are 'some' upanishads meant only for kaivalya siddhi (jivatmopasana) and not mukhya vaikunthaprapti-mukti? Does the Srivaishnava school admit of such distinction across upanishads? Does the Sribhashyam, in its samanvaya portion, admit of 'not all upanishads teach about Brahman; some teach jivasvarupa and not Brahman'? Commented Feb 20, 2018 at 8:00
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    It's not a classification of Upanishads, but a classification of Upanishad passages. Sri Vaishnavas believe some Upanishad passages are about the Jivatma, and some Upanishad passages are about Paramatma. And some Upanishad passages are about neither, as discussed in Adhyaya 3 Pada 3 of the Brahma Sutras. Commented Feb 21, 2018 at 5:18
  • Thanks for the clarification. I did not know that. In the link you provided, the Kaivalyopanishat is held to be solely jivatma-specific: //upāsana ....upanishads focus solely on these topics. One such Upanishad is the Kaivalya Upanishad. The term “Kaivalya” itself denotes aloofness from prakrti – it refers to the pure state of the liberated self that has no connection with karmas. This Upanishad, which has “jīvātma-anubhāva” as its’ primary theme, // In this connection I chanced to find the word 'sarvatma' cited in the Sribhashyam from this Upanishad. (contd.) Commented Feb 21, 2018 at 19:24
  • Contd...archive.org/stream/in.ernet.dli.2015.273797/… There are several quotes by the Bhashyakara and this is one: sarvatma. This word corresponds to the Kaivalya Upanishad mantra 16: sanskritdocuments.org/doc_upanishhat/kaivalya.html?lang=sa The commentary in the Sribhashya, from the previous page, gives me the impression that Sri Ramanuja is taking that quote as denoting Paramatma. In the blog you refer, this whole mantra and the word 'sarvatma' itself is taken to denote jivatma. Your comments are welcome. Thanks and regards. Commented Feb 21, 2018 at 19:29

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In Vedartha Sangraha by Acharya Ramanuja, Acharya quotes mainly from the upanishads referred in the Brahma Sutra e.g. Brih, Chan, Katha, Taittireya etc. So the upanishads referred to by Sri Bhashya and Vedartha Sangraha are of particular importance to Sri Vaishnavas.

The other Upanishads are not so much integral to the philosophy which is based on the works of Acharya Ramanuja.

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