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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 Paramparas, when discussing the life of Ramanuja, it is recorded that the white clay worn as Urdhvapundra was difficult to obtain in those times. Ramanuja managed to ...


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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 Vaduga Nambi, a student of Sri Ramanuja is a biographical poem in 114 Sanskrit verses. You can read an English translation here. This is the oldest known biography. ...


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I have no idea where you got the number 48, from, but Swami Ramanuja appointed 74 of his disciples as Simhasana-adipatis to carry on the SriVaishnsva Sampradaya as he had established. (Other disciples are also mentioned below) The names of the 74 Simhasana-adipatis are (Courtesy: https://hinduism.stackexchange.com/a/33224/15963): Chottai Nambi, son of ...


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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 Christianity? A "samskara" is a ritual that can be thought of as an adornment. The Vedic Samskaras are the birth rites, naming ceremony, tonsure, investing the sacred ...


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This site has compiled the complete list of the 74 simhasana-adhipathis appointed by Sripad Ramanujacharya: Chottai Nambi, son of Aalavandaar Pundarika, son of Maha purna Yaamuna, son of Goshti purna Sundara bahu, son of Maalaa dhaara Raamaanuja, son of Saila purna Paraasara Bhattar (and his brother, sons of Aalvaan) Raamaanuja, son of ...


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There are a few others as cited in Guru Paramparai Prabhavam andirAmAnusa nUtrandhAdi: Thiruppavai Jeeyar - conferred by Periya Nambi Bhashyakarar - conferred by Saraswati Devi Emperumanar - conferred by Thirkoshtiyur Nambi Udayavar - conferred by Namperumal Jagad Guru - conferred by PinpazAzhagiya Perumal Jeeyar.


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It is described in this excerpt from the Yatiraja Vaibhavam, the oldest biography of Ramanujacharya composed by Ramanujacharya's shishya Vaduga Nambi: Narayana appeared in the dream of Yatiraja and said to him, "I am here in the Yadava hill [Melkote] beneath the ground. Install me and take the white mud." Thereupon Yatiraja, who became highly delighted, ...


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What does Sri Ramanuja mean by saying "Pasupati-Mata' is 'Anadaraniya'? Because according to the Brahma Sutras, the Shaiva Agamas contain some teachings that are in conflict with the Vedas. From the "Pasupati Adhikarana" of the Brahma Sutras: (The system) of the Lord [Pati] (must be disregarded), on account of inappropriateness. And on account of ...


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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 find it on Internet Archive: Yatiraj Vaibhava by Andhrapurna, Sanskrit text with English translation. Which is of around 100 verses only. Note: It seems that ...


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What is Sapta Vidha Anupapatti or what are the seven untenables? The seven untenables against Advaita appeared in Ramanuja's commentary on the Vedanta Sutras. [Ref John Grimes' book page 2] Here is the summary from John Grimes' book: Who has written the work "Sapta Vidha Anupapatti"? As described above, it is not a separate work but a subsection in the ...


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Yes, For Ramanujacharya's Bhashya on Srimad Bhagvad Gita, there's one good book available: The Gitabhashya of Ramamuja, translated by M. R. Sampath kumaran, published by Anantacharya Indological Research Institute 1988. You can purchase the physical book or read/get it from Internet Archive The English translation of Madhvacharya's Bhashya on Bhagvad Gita ...


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Yes, Sripad Ramanujacharya composed a total of three devotional works, which are collectively known as "Gadyatrayam works": 1) Sharanagati Gadyam, which espouses surrender to Sriman Narayana's lotus feet. You can read it here. 2) Sri Ranga Gadyam, which is a devotional work describing the auspicious qualities of Sri Ranganatha (Sriman Narayana). You can ...


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The different titles of Ramanuja as per my knowledge are: 1. Ilayazhwar - ‘Young Azhwar’ This title was conferred upon Ramanuja by Thirumalai Nambi, at the time to Ramanuja’s birth. 2. Ramanuja - ‘Younger brother of Rama’ This name was given to Swami by Periya Nambi during Ramanuja’s Samasrayanam at Madhurantakam. It also signifies that Swami is the ...


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Here is the dialogue of Parāśara Muni in the website you have quoted (I have added Sanskrit transliterations wherever possible): Parāśara Muni:— Having offered salutation to the mighty and indescribable Viṣṇu, I repeat to you what was formerly related to me by Vasiṣṭha. The glorious Hari wears the pure soul of the world, undefiled, and void of qualities, ...


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If you let me talk a little abstractly and generally. The questions which deal with the behavior of a realized being could be confusing and has to be dealt with care, lest we will misconclude it. The same question can be asked to any Self realized Advaitha teacher, who uses plurality in teaching. The simple answer is even though the Self realized person (...


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The most authentic biography of Ramanujacharaya is Ārāyirappaṭi Guruparamparāprabhāvaṃ. This is only available in some Sri Vaishnava mathams headed by Jeeyars only. It is not available in English. Alkondaville Govindacharya authored many books related to Sri Vaishnava tradition. He also wrote a biography in his own words which contain a detailed life of ...


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Ramanujacharya did not meet Vyasa. He met Saraswati, the goddess of learning in Kashmir for Bodhayana Vritti. Saraswati asked her to interpret the meaning of "Tasya Kapyasam..." verse from the Chandogya Upanishad as she was unhappy with the interpretation of Adi Shankara. After hearing the interpretation of Ramanujacharya, she felt very happy. She also ...


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