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What is the difference between Thenkalai and Vadakalai sects of Sri Vaishnavism?

First of all, these aren't the two main sub-sects of Vaishnavism, they are the two main sub-sects of Sri Vaishnavism. There are other Vaishnava Sampradayas, like the Gaudiya Vaishnava sect that ...
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Is Thenkalai Iyengar sect really Brahmin?

Yes, Thenkalai Iyengars are really brahmins. Thenkalai or Tenkalai is one of the traditions in Sri Vaishnava tradition which subscribes to teachings of Pillai Lokacharya and Manavala Mahamuni. The ...
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How do Sri Vaishnava Acharyas interpret this verse from the Kaushitaki Upanishad?

Ramanujacharya discusses this Kaushitaki Upanishad verse in this section of the Sri Bhashya, commenting on Adhyaya 2 Pada 3 Sutra 41 of the Brahma Sutras: [Objection:] “But there is a scriptural text....
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Which scripture does Pillai Lokacharya reference in which Shiva enjoins a devotee to offer (temporary) human sacrifice (later restored to life)?

This is not a direct scripture referred by Pillai Lokacharya. He was referring to a legend famous in Tamil Nadu about a Nayanar named Siru Tondar. Once Lord Shiva wanted to test his devotion and went ...
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Were Periyalwar and Andal reborn as cowherds?

Periyazhwar and Andal did not take births again as cowherds. Pillai Lokacharya was speaking in a metaphorical and poetic way. Pillai Lokacharya refers various pasurams of Alwars and stories from ...
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What is the Thenkalai-Vadakalai disagreement about "Sriman Narayana Preethiyartham" vs "Bhagavat Kainkarya Roopam"?

The Vadakalai Sankalpam: Sri Bhavatagya sriman Narayana preethiyartham ~ "By the command of Bhagavat, (I do this act) for the pleasure of Lord Narayana". [Prītyā=sans. joy, pleasure] Since the ...
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What is the difference between Thenkalai and Vadakalai sects of Sri Vaishnavism?

18 points of dispute: The Nature of Lakshmi (Sri). Vadagalai -Sri has essential pervasion (svarupa vyapti), the same as Narayana. They are coeval in that they both share the same essential ...
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Do Thenkalai Sri Vaishnavas believe that liberated souls have powers of creation of the material Universe?

Before I set out to elaborate my explanations to your questions to my limited capacity, there are a few things I would like to state outright: (1) The Srivaishanavite scholars claim a perfect ...
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Do Thenkalai Sri Vaishnavas believe that liberated souls have powers of creation of the material Universe?

The released souls do have the power of creation, according to Ramanujacharya in his Sri Bhashya. Here is what Ramanujacharya says in his Sri Bhashya in sutra 4.4.14: In the same way as the ...
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Is Thenkalai Iyengar sect really Brahmin?

Yes, the Srivaishnava Guruparamparas (both on Thenkalai side and Vadakalai side) mention intermarriage between the two groups which wouldn't happen if they weren't both Brahmin. Keep in mind, Vedanta ...
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Do Thenkalai Sri Vaishnavas believe that liberated souls have powers of creation of the material Universe?

Like I mentioned before, the parayathadhikarana (2-3-41) in Brahma Sutras discusses the issue of agency in great detail. The central question of this topic is whether the jiva possesses free will. The ...
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