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Questions about Vedanta-Desika (वेदान्त देशिक), also known as Swami Desikan & Swami Vedanta Desikan, a Sri Vaishanava guru & philosopher, and about his works.

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How much of Vedanta Desikan's Ahara Niyamam is based on Ayurveda or shares similarities with it?

Ahara Niyamam means "Dietary restrictions", and Vedanta Desikan wrote a work with the same name that shows what food items are appropriate and inappropriate for Sri Vaishnavas based on the ...
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Are Sri Vaishnavas supposed to worship devatas during nitya karmas?

According to Sri Vaishnavism, one who has performed the Samashrayanam/Bharanyasam ritual (initiation into Pancharatra Agamas/Surrendering to Vishnu) is prohibited from worshiping Devatas like Shiva, ...
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Where can I get Paramata Bhanga by Vedanta Desikan?

Where can I get Paramata Bhanga of Vedanta Desikan in English? What are the various schools he discussed there?
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What scripture says “the Pranava is the highest letter”?

The Pradhana Satakam is a work by the Sri Vaishnava Acharya Vedanta Desikan describing 100 important things. In verse 7 of the Pradhana Satakam, Vedanta Desikan says that the Pranava is the most ...
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What kind of scripture is the Naradiyakalpam?

What kind of scripture is the Naradiyakalpam? Medieval Sri Vaishnava scholar Vedanta Desika cites this scripture in support of the view that the pranava in the secret Ashtakshara mantra important in ...
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Where does Vedanta Desikan lament not being a priest in the Varadaraja Perumal temple?

The Sri Vaishnava sect has two sub-sects, Thenkalai and Vadakalai. Vadakalais follow the teachings of Vedanta Desikan, whereas Thenkalais follow the teachings of Pillai Lokacharya. My question is ...
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Was Nathamuni originally an Ekadandi Sanyasi?

The Satadhusani is a work by the Sri Vaishnava Acharya Vedanta Desikan consisting of 100 refutations of Adi Shankaracharya's philosophy of Advaita. One chapter of the work is devoted to refuting ...
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Did Vedanta Desikan debate Tuvarapati Kavalar?

The Sri Vaishnava sect has two sub-sects, Thenkalai and Vadakalai. Vadakalais follow the teachings of Vedanta Desikan, whereas Thenkalais follow the teachings of Pillai Lokacharya. Now the Vedanta ...
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Did Vedanta Desikan perform Samashrayanam for Vidyaranya?

The famous 13th century Sri Vaishnava Acharya Vedanta Desikan was childhood friends with the Advaita philosopher Vidyaranya, who served as the Shankaracharya of Sringeri and chief advisor of the ...
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Do any Sampradayas apart from the Sri Vaishnava Sampradaya differentiate between Sharanagati and Bhakti Yoga?

According to Sri Vaishnavism, there are two paths to Moksha- Bhakti-Yoga and Sharanagati. Bhakti-Yoga to them is considered a longer and more difficult path to Moksha and involves Karma-Yoga and Jnana-...
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Swami Nikamanda Maha Desikar

Recently Swami Nikamanda Maha Desikar's 750th birthday celebrations took place. At what instances he got the special titles “Vedanthachariyar”, “Sarva thantra Swatantrar” and “Kavithargiga Simham” ...
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Whose avatar was Sri Vedanta Desikan? [duplicate]

One of the accomplished vedanta philosopher and acharya desikan is famous in southern india. Whose avatara is he believed to be?
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Where does Periyavachan Pillai discuss Mleccha devotees of Vishnu?

Mlecchas refer to people who are foreign to India and the Vedic tradition, in contrast to Nastikas who are from India but reject the Vedic tradition. In this excerpt from his Rahasyatraya Sara, the ...
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What is the reason behind Sri Ahobila Mutt having two acharya parampara branches?

Ahobila mutt is a prominent muth in the Vadakalai sect of Sri Vaishnava tradition. The exponder of this sect is Sriman Vedanta desika. Acharya Lineage(parampara) is one of the important ...
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Madhvacharya and Nigamanda Mahadesikan

I heard from one Madva Achar that Madhvacharya [Acharya for Raghavendra disciples] and Nigamanda Mahadesikan [Acharya for Vadakalai sect Vaishnavites] met and discussed various topics related to ...
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Nigamantha Maha Desikan

Nigamantha Maha Desikan was a great Vaishnava acharya. He has composed many slokas. What are the titles given to him by the Srirangam Divya dampathis Lord Ranganatha and Goddess Ranganayaki for which ...
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What sect believes in an Ishwara-stream with a different Ishwara in every age?

As I discuss in this question, the Isha Upanishad has a special property that other Upanishads don't: it's part of the Samhitas of the Vedas. In any case, here's the first verse of the Isha Upanishad: ...
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What is the earliest reference to Vedanta Desikan being an incarnation of Venkateshwara's bell?

The Alwars (also spelled Azhwars) are a group of 12 ancient Vaishnava saints who lived in Tamil Nadu and are famous for their poetry in praise of Vishnu. The 4000 verses of the Alwars were compiled by ...
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What scripture says devotees of other gods eventually become devotees of Vishnu in future births?

The Rahasyatraya Sara is a work by the Sri Vaishnava Acharya Vedanta Desikan, concerning the meaning of the Rahasya Traya or three secrets of the Sri Vaishnava sect (of which I'm a member). In this ...
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What scripture says "the soul is neither God nor man"?

The Rahasyatraya Sara is a work by the Sri Vaishnava Acharya Vedanta Desikan, concerning the meaning of the Rahasya Traya or three secrets of the Sri Vaishnava sect (of which I'm a member). (One of ...
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