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:
आनुकुलस्य संकल्प: प्रतिकूल्यस्य वर्जनम् | रक्षीष्यतीति विश्वासो
गोप्त्रुत्ववरणं तथा || LakshmI Tantra 17.60|| आत्मनिक्षेप
कार्पण्ये षड्विधा शरणागति:
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 temples.
That is not true in the slightest, and I'm sorry that I gave you any impression to the contrary in my question. That was written in the early days of the ...
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 the Rishis. Sage Narayana was so generous to us humans that he preserved ancient Ekayana shakha of Shukla Yajurveda and created agamas out of it so that everybody ...
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 immeasurable splendour, and replace the deities, O Narada, in their respective stations. As regards Vali, that foremost of Danavas, who is to be unslayable by all the ...
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 Gaudiya texts. The answer at this point is that there are no known records of reference to Brahma Samhita before Sri Caitanya Maha Prabhu.
However this is ...
Why would Lord Jagannatha deport one of his avataras to Srikurmam?
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Emperumaanar had many meetings with the king, holding religious discussions with him. ‘Ananta Varman Choda Ganga Deva’ (Chodaganga) was the king at that time, who earlier had a leaning ...
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 reading a book, Brahma-vaivarta puranam, Translated into English by Rajendra Nath Sen, Published 1920 by Panini Office in Allahabad
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.
For eg. Srimad Bhagvatam describes how Sati Leaves her body by raising pranic force (Kundalini) to headregion and leaves her body:
इत्यध्वरे दक्षमनूद्य ...
Ekaśṛṅga means "single-horned".
Definition: mfn. having but one horn, unicorn
Thus, Ekaśṛṅgatanu means single-horned one. The equation is thus in reference to Vishnu-nArAyaNa's Matsya vibhava which is single-horned.
According to Matsya Purana [looking for exact verse to cite]
Boat, Rope and Anchor— The king was also told that ...
Lord Aniruddha together with Vāsudeva, Saṅkarṣaṇa and Pradyumna is mentioned in the Gopala tapani Upanishad of the Paippalada branch of the Atharva Veda:
Om. Obeisances to Krishna, who is Vasudeva, Sankarsana,
Pradyumna, and Aniruddha.
Text 48 There are these ...
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 Purusha-sukta: In ‘a thousand-headed’ thousand means countless; the word ‘ten fingers’, means infinite distance, by the first stanza Vishnu’s pervasion in space is ...
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 the Supreme God. From Vaishnavism point of view Supreme Para Brahman and is also known as Vishnu and Hari and is venerated as Purushottama or Supreme Purusha ...
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 was passed down, says:
During the seventh birth of Brahma due to the lotus, O king, that sprang from the navel of Narayana, this cult was once more declared ...
You can read some of the Pancharatra Agamas translated in English here.
It's following works included as described:
A collection of published works on the Pancaratra Agamas in the last century. The contents Include:
Catalogues of Pancaratra Agama and Samhita Texts,
Agama Pramanya of Yamunacharya
Sri Pancaratra Raksha of Vedanta Desika
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 4 Chapter 31)
"....The first Swarup of benevolent and merciful
Lord will become known as Bhagwan Narayan, as He will redeem and grant salvation
to innumerable ...
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 their different explanations, as Dvaita, Vishishadvaita, or Advaita, with a few minor recessions, form the "authorities" of the Hindu religion. The Puranas, the ...
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 sampradaya, it is said that Lord Narayana's Sudarshana Chakra descended as the tusk of Varaha, the axe of Parasurama, and the nails of Nrsimha. In this way, the ...
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 formulated from out of the religious duties prescribed by the Smṛti texts and fitted into the daily life of a Vaiṣṇava to be observed at five specific times of ...
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 his four arms. He is situated under the Ashoka Tree, and is radiantly adorned, ever willing to destroy his devotees' troubles.
He is the Supreme One, who is ...