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Six aspects of surrender mentioned in Pancharatra texts?

Prapatti (or self-surrender) is an important aspect of SrI Vaishnava Teachings. According to pAncarAtra samhitas (Ahirbudhnya samhitA, LakshmI tantra), there are six aspects or angas to prapatti: ...
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Are there any references to the Brahma Samhita before Chaitanya Mahprabhu?

I have spent few days looking for any information on this and communicated with one reliable devotee of Sri Caitanya Maha Prabhu who spent several years in Vrindavana studying Sanskrit and some of the ...
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Proof of Vedic or Indic origin of Vaishnavism (Monotheistic Supremacy of Vishnu)?

I have access to a Ramakrishna mission Bengali translation of Rig Veda Book 1. I have given my free translation of Rig Veda 1.22.16-21. These mantras treat Vishnu as Vaishnavas do. The idea that ...
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What exactly are Pancharatra texts?

What is Pancharatra Pancharatra texts are Vaishnava Agama Shastras, the name pancharatra literally means 'five nights', since these scriptures were revealed by Sage Narayana in 5 Nights to all ...
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How did sages Ekata, Dwita, and Trita help the gods in a calamity in the Treta Yuga?

I believe the following passage from the Shanti Parva SECTION CCCXL of the MAHABHARAT gives us the answer: I shall (taking the sovereignty of the three worlds Vali) restore it to Indra of ...
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Why does the Pancharatra Agamas contradict the Vedanta Sutras?

As per the Pancharatra Agamas which are followed by the Sri Vaishnava community, there is no restriction for followers and learners based on varna. Shudras even serve as priests in the Vaishnava ...
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Proof of Vedic or Indic origin of Vaishnavism (Monotheistic Supremacy of Vishnu)?

Summary : The Vedas DO NOT declare Vishnu as a minor deity. He occupies very much the same lofty position as he always has. The verses are not accurately represented, but despite that is to be ...
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Why did Ramanuja try to impose PAncharAtra mode of worship in all Vaishnava temples?

Why would Lord Jagannatha deport one of his avataras to Srikurmam? A possible answer to this question is provided in the following link The content is copied here: Emperumaanar had many meetings ...
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why is Matsya Vibhava of Vishnu-Narayana also referred to as Ekasrngatanu?

Ekaśṛṅga means "single-horned". ekaśṛṅga एकशृङ्ग Definition: mfn. having but one horn, unicorn Thus, Ekaśṛṅgatanu means single-horned one. The equation is thus in reference to Vishnu-...
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Difference between sage Narayan and Brahman Narayana?

There is ample description of Sage Narayana and Brahman Narayana in Shreemad Bhagvat purana and others. Let's see wht they tell us about your question. Lord Narayanan as Supreme Brahman Narayana is ...
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Is Kundalini Concept alien to Vaishnavism?

The Concept of Kundalini is not actually alien to Vaishnavism. But as the Kundalini is associated with meeting of Shakti with Shiva, So, Vaishnava Puranas have only very few refrences regarding it. ...
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Are there any references to the Brahma Samhita before Chaitanya Mahprabhu?

Recently I was browsing through the notes I gathered during the reading over the past years and I came across a few of them that gave me an idea to write the answer to this question. While I was ...
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Has the Linga Purana ,Vayu Purana and Aditya Purana criticized the Pancharātra Scripture?

This is a partial answer .. The Usana Smriti has indeed criticized the followers of some doctrines like Pancharatra as follows: The following are disqualified to be present at a S'raddha ceremony : ...
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Is Lord Aniruddha mentioned anywhere in Shruti?

Aniruddha is mentioned in the Mudgala Upanishad of the Rig Veda, which explains the Purusha Sukta of the Rig Veda (which I discuss here): I. A SUMMARY OF PURUSHASUKTA We shall explain the ...
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How come Vyasa rejected Panchratra Agamas in Vedanta Sutras yet referred back to Bhagavad Gita which is also considered to be a Panchratra scripture?

First of all, you're right that the Bhagavad Gita is part of the Pancharatra tradition. Here is what this chapter of the Shanti Parva of the Mahabharata, which describes how the Pancharatra tradition ...
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Is Lord Aniruddha mentioned anywhere in Shruti?

Lord Aniruddha together with Vāsudeva, Saṅkarṣaṇa and Pradyumna is mentioned in the Gopala tapani Upanishad of the Paippalada branch of the Atharva Veda: http://www.sribabaji.org/mgm_data/files/...
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Do any non-Vaishnava Agamas trace their origins to a Vedic Shakha?

Swami Vivekananda said (Complete Works V4, p 335-336 -"Reply to the Madras Address"): The three Prasthanas, ("Courses, viz, the Upanishad, (Shruti), the Gita, and the Shariraka-Sutras.) then, in ...
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Where do the Vedas mention sacrificing vegetable seeds rather than goats?

1)Where in the Vedas is the statement that the offerings should be vegetable rather than goats? Vedas clearly prohibit the use of anything like meat or anything in yajnas. Mahabharata ,Shantiparva ...
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What is the story of Nara and Narayana's brothers Hari and Krishna?

The Satsangijeevan (Ahmedabad edition) has vast chapters dedicated to this detail where Dharma (father of Nar Narayan) explains to Rishi Sanak the advent of Lord Nara Narayana. Satsangijeevan (Adhyay ...
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Why do images of Sudarshana have Yoga Narasimha on the other side?

Lord Narasimhas nails an incarnation of Sudarsana Chakra Lord Nrsimha is so exalted that even His nails are glorified by the Vaishnava acharyas! In the Sudarsana-sata-nama stotra of the Sri Vaishnava ...
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Why do images of Sudarshana have Yoga Narasimha on the other side?

The meaning of the verses are as follows: "In the middle (of what), is the image of Yoga Narasimha, who is Eternal, and is bound by a Yoga Patta. He is four armed, and bears four Chakras (!) in ...
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Which Pancharatra text describes Yogam?

I think it is quoted in the Pāñcarātrarakṣā and prescribed in the Dakṣa-smṛti. According to S. M. Srinivasa Chari, regarding Pañcakāla-prakriyā: The Pañcakāla-prakriyā of the Pāñcarātra ystem is ...
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Connection between Vishnu and Makara Kundala?

As far as I see this, there's no connection between water and ears, and the associated motifs with the 'makara-kundala' of god Vishnu. The water is one of the five pancha-mahabhootas and it is ...
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According to Sri Vaishnavism, whenever there is a conflict between prapanna duties and non-prapanna duties, which takes precedence?

In Thennacharya Sampradayam, Loukika dharma is to be followed as long as it does not interfere with visesha dharma. If it does, it is to be foregone in favor of visesha dharma.
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What are the four Quarters of Purusha as per Purusha Sukta?

So you have extensively given references from a specific interpretation of "vyuhas" according to Pāñcarātra theology in your question. But since you have not asked specifically for an ...
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Who is the Bhashyakara who pretended to criticize Pancharatra?

Who is the Bhashyakara who pretended to criticize Pancharatra? That Bashyakara is not criticizing the Pancharatra agamas. The Bhashyakara is Shabara, and he is commenting on the Purva Mimamsa sutra ...
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Why did Ramanuja try to impose PAncharAtra mode of worship in all Vaishnava temples?

Sri Ramanuja was a great social reformer who established his own sect of Vishishtadwaita philosophy. As he could not accept God in any other form other than his own he went on converting kings and the ...
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Why does Vishnu's thousand-armed Aniruddha form carry the equipment of a student?

I was recently reading chapter 24 of canto 4 of Srimad Bhagavatam and got confused by a certain verse, but now that I am looking at this question, it makes much more sense: My Lord, O Aniruddha, You ...

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