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Why does Chinna Jeeyar Swami carry a bunch of sticks and a flag attached to them?

Not just Chinna Jeeyar Swami, but all Sri Vaishnava Acharyas carry these three sticks. They are called the Tridanda, and they are carried by those who have taken up Tridandi Sanyasa, which is the ...
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When did Vaishnavites start wearing Urdhva Pundram?

The Urdhvapundra has been worn from ancient times (pre-Ramanuja). The Pancharatra, Puranas and Smritis glorify the Urdhvapundra worn with white clay and gopi-chandana. In the Sri Vaishnava Guru ...
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Why did Ramanujacharya & Adi Shankaracharya never refer to the Srimad Bhagavatam in their works?

There is a discussion about the date of the Bagavata Purana in the Introduction to the English translation by Swami Tapasyananda. There was a view that attributed the authorship of the Bhagavata to ...
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Why did rAmAnuja abandon his first guru?

Ramanujacharya did not abandon his Guru Yadava Prakasha. Yadava Prakasha himself ordered to leave the school. So, he was following the command of his teacher. Let's see what happened. Hearing that his ...
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Why did Sri Ramanuja refuse to hail Shiva? What was the need to prove that Vishnu is the one true God?

Ramanujacharya was not being asked to worship Shiva. Now if he had been asked to do that, he might well have refused; as discussed in this answer Sri Vaishnavas who have performed Sharanagati often ...
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Does Ramanujacharya believe that inhabitants of Brahmaloka attain Moksha when they die?

Ramanujacharya is not stating his own view. Rather, he is stating a Purvapaksha argument which Badari refutes in the next Sutra (Sutra 9). Here is how this PDF presents Ramanujacharya's commentary on ...
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Why does Ramanuja refer to the PAshupata sect as the sect of "Black faces"?

Ramanujacharya does not call Pashupatas as Kalamukhas. In fact, he explicitly states that they are different Shaivite sects, in this section of his Sri Bhashya: So far it has been shown that the ...
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Did Rāmānuja abandon his wife? If yes, on what grounds?

Ramanujacharya abandoned his wife because she was obstructing his religious practices and spiritual progress. Ramanujacharya's wife contradicted him multiple times and she created obstacles in ...
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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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How Are Azhwaars Vishishtadvaitins?

As per the speaker of the video, only who undergone Panchasamskara under Ramanuja or his disciples are called Srivaishnavas. If this is true, can panchasamskara be equated to baptism in ...
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Are there any surviving quotes from Baudhayana's commentary on the Brahma Sutras?

Yes, Ramanujacharya quotes from Baudhayana's Vritti several times.. First of all, in this section his commentary on Adhyaya 1 Pada 1 Sutra 1 of the Brahma Sutras, Ramanujacharya gives two quotes from ...
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Did Ramanuja do a mass initiation of people at Srirangam?

Did he actually did this as given the above paragraphs? Now, this is a purely historical question and which i am not answering. I will be answering only two of your questions that can be addressed ...
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How much does the divinely created statue of Ramanujacharya resemble him?

They're pretty close. They have the same long low-hanging ears, round face, and thick fingers. Here is the statue found in the Bhavishyadacharya statue in Alwar Thirunagari: And here is the actual ...
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Why did Sri Ramanuja refuse to hail Shiva? What was the need to prove that Vishnu is the one true God?

The basic six daily duties of a Brahmin are described in many Shastras and i quote from the Parashara Smriti here: Sandhyam Snanam Japo Homo Devata Atithi Pujanam Atithyam VaiswaDevam Cha Shat ...
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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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Where can I read online the Vedanta Sutras along with commentaries of Ramanujacharya, Adi Shankaracharya and Madhvacharya in English?

1. Here is the link of The Vedanta-sutras, with the Sri-bhashya of Shree Ramanujacharya : You can Download as well as can read the book Online. 2. Here is the link of The Vedanta Sutras with ...
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Why was rAmAnuja refused initiation for 17 times?

The story of Ramanuja being initiated into the Vaishnava Mantra after being turned down by Thirukkottiyar Nambi 17 times is well-known. Ramanuja never understood the reason for the refusal and was ...
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Where do ramanuja and shankara quote the sutras from devata kanda sutras?

Devata Kanda sutras are now lost but it looks like they were recently lost. They were quoted by commentators of Brahma Sutras and also some Purva Mimamsakas. Adi Shankaracharya in his Brahma Sutra ...
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Complete biography/hagiography of Ramanujacharya

There isn't a single comprehensive work outlining the complete biography of Sri Ramanuja. These are some of the more well known somewhat older works that describe his life: Yatiraja Vaibhavam of ...
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What changes were done in people's mindset by Ramanujacharya?

There are many changes Sri Ramanujacharya made to change mindset of the people. I will list a few Brahman and Jiva : He interprets Brahman as essentially a Personal God, of a real world, permeated ...
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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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How did Advaitins Defend Attributeless brahman from Ramanuja's arguments?

In his book, A Critical Survey of Indian Philosophy, by Dr. Prof. Chandradhar Sharma, addresses these attacks on Advaita. Venkatanatha (also known as Vedantadeshika) (a follower of Ramanuja) in his ...
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Whose avatara is Sri Ramanujacharya?

This book lists two scriptural citations which prophesy Ramanujacharya. The first is from the Vriddha Padma Purana (I'm not sure if it's different from the regular Padma Purana): Long, long ...
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What is the authentic life story of Ramanuja?

Yes, probably the oldest reliable biography of Sri Ramanujacharya is Yatiraja Vaibhava written by Andhrapurna (Tamil: vaduga nambi) one of the direct disciple (Shishya) of Ramanujacharya. You can ...
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How do Advaitins counter the rebuttal of Ramanujacharya on Advaita Vedanta in His commentary on Bhagavad Gita 2.12?

There are three ways to answer this question. First, from the standpoint of the Atman, we are all the Atman and we exist eternally. Second, from the standpoint of the eternal Brahman, there is no ...
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Did Ramanuja comment on Brahma Vaivarta Purana?

Ramanujacharya didn't write a commentary on the Brahma Vaivarta Purana. In fact Ramanujacharya didn't write any Purana commentaries at all. As described in this excerpt from Vedanta Desikan's ...
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Where do ramanuja and shankara quote the sutras from devata kanda sutras?

Adi Shankaracharya, Ramanujacharya, and others quote a Sutra of the Devata Kanda Sutras in the course of proving that Prana and Vayu should be kept seperate in meditation. Here is what Adi ...
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