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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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Lord Narasimha is described as Mrityumrityu (Death's death) in the Nrisimha Mantra. Accordingly, Sri Vaishnavas interpret tryambaka - the three-eyed one as Narasimha. This is supported in various places including Shruti, Smriti and works of Acharyas (whether or not they subscribe to Vishishtadvaita philosophy). Here are a few examples: Nrisimha-Purva-...


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The key point here is that it is not possible to (meaningfully) perform the Nachiketa agni ritual without the Bhakti Yoga aspect. The Nachiketa yajna is not like other common yajnas; it's very definition requires the knowledge, contemplation and realization of the indwelling nature of the parabrahman in chit and achit. In other words, this is a bhakti-yoga-...


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As per Ramanuja's Vishistadvaita, there are two kinds of souls, - the jivatma(which is every living creature's individual soul), and the paramatma - the super soul who is identical with supreme brahman. This paramatma is the soul's inner soul. In other words, just as all jivatmas in the material universe have a material body, the jivatma itself functions as ...


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RAMANANDI SAMPRADAYA The Ramanandi Sampradaya (which advocates Vishishtadvaita Vedanta), accepts the Advaitic definition of Nirguna Brahman. Tulsidas, a prominent member of the Ramanandi Sampradaya, explains, in his "Ramcharitmanas" that Brahman (Rama) is originally Nirguna/Nirakara and only becomes Saguna/Sakara for the sake of Jivas: There are two ...


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My answer is based on the commentary on the Paramatabhanga called Deśikāśayaprakāśā (Elucidation on the intent of Desika) authored by Vedanta-Vaavadhuuka, Nyaya-Vedanta-Kesari śrī Villivalam Vātsya Nārāyaṇācārya - Asthana vidvan of Sri Ahobila Mutt, published in 1979. In the context of the bolded section (in your quote), the learned author says - On ...


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The Harivamsa Parva of the Mahabharata describes Virochana, not his son Mahabali, stealing Vairamudi which is later recovered by Garuda who gives it to Krishna: As Vishnu was sleeping in the divine milk ocean, the residence of Varuna, Vishnu's crown was stolen by the Daitya, Virochana. A terrible battle was fought by Garuda for his preceptor with ...


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As Lazy Luber pointed out, Lord's anger was temporary . His form is described as wonderful as well in Bhagavatam: SB 7.8.17: adṛśyatātyadbhuta-rūpam udvahan -- wonderful form SB 7.9.1: dṛṣṭvā taṁ mahad adbhutam adṛṣṭāśruta-pūrvatvāt As soon as Prahlada approached Lord, he became very peaceful.. SB 7.9.5: When Lord Nṛsiṁhadeva saw the small ...


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Like any verses such as "He who desires prosperity should offer a goat to Vishnu"? Yes definitely we have such Mantras for Vishnu in the Krishna Yajurveda. One I have already used in this answer: DevAsurA eshu lokesh vaspardanta sa etam vishnurvAmanapashyattam swAyei devatAyA Ahalabhata tato vai sa imA .....|| Once there was a conflict ...


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In the Vishnu Purana. It turns out that this is the very last line of the entire Vishnu Purana: I adore him, that first of gods, Purushottama, who is without end and without beginning, without growth, without decay, without death; who is substance that knows not change. I adore that ever inexhaustible spirit; who assumed sensible qualities; who, though ...


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Hamsa Sandesham is a fictional work written by Vedanta Desikar. The condition is set after Hanuman's journey to Lanka. It is evident because Lord Rama knew the whereabouts of Sita from Hanuman only. Hanuman was supposed to know the whereabouts whereas this Royal swan is meant for sending message traveling southwards. Swami Desikar uses the inspiration from ...


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Sri Vaishnavas Sri Vaishnavas, who are worshippers of Lakshmi-Narayana considers the Vishnu Purana as the best of all Puranas due to its primary focus on the supremacy of Sri Vishnu. This is what Sripad Ramanujacharya says about the importance of Vishnu Purana in His "Vedartha Sangraha": The Vishnu-Purana has been unanimously adopted by all the great ...


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Yes there is concept of Suddha Sattva (शुद्ध सत्व ) in Vaishnavism . This and other concepts like Sattva Shunya (devoid of Satva ) and Mishra Sattva (mixed purity ) is found in book Tattva Traya" or Aphorisms On 3 Varieties Soul Matter" by Sri Pillai Lokacharya (1205–1311 CE) was a prominent Sri Vaishnava leader and philosopher who authored several works ...


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I couldn't find the exact phrase you cited but in the Kathopanishad 1.2.16 Yama says to Nachiketa "etaddhyevākṣaraṃ param" (etad hi eva akṣaraṃ param). "etad" means "this" referring to the Pranava. This is likely the source for Desika's quote as it is virtually identical (just replace etad with praNavaH).


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I think it is a pretty simple argument to defend against. No one knows they are different from or identical to God or brahman, because no one knows there is such a thing called God or brahman from everyday experience. "shAstrayonitvAt", says the 3rd brahmasUtra. Brahman can be known only from scripture. When brahman can be known only from scripture, how ...


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What is their stand on the Nirguna Brahman of Advaitists? Ramanujacharya states this in his commentary on the Brahma Sutras, in the sections titled "The Great Purvapaksha" and "The Great Siddhanta:" Brahman, which is pure intelligence and opposed to all difference, constitutes the only reality; and everything else, i.e. the plurality of manifold ...


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Do non-advaitic vaishnavite sects have the concept of Samadhi? Yes, Samadhi, otherwise known as Kaivala (or Kevala), is recognized by Visishtadvaitins. It is a state in which the Jivatma experiences the bliss of its own self, and not the bliss of Brahman. It is an inferior state compared to Moksha, or union with Brahman. The state is very similar to what ...


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No form of Vishnu can display uncontrolled anger. Why is this so? Because one of the names of Vishnu is jitakrodah (name #462 in the Vishnu sahasranama of Mahabharata). jitakrodah means - one who has conquered anger. Shankara's (?) commentary on the Vishnu sahasranama is available at the link below - https://archive.org/details/Vishnu.Sahasranama.with....


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Sri Madhvacharya believes Brahma Sutras Adhyaya 2 Pada 2 Verses 42-45 talks about Shaktism rather than Pancharatra Agamas: On account of the impossibility of origination, {Sakti, a Goddess, cannot be the cause). Commentary: For the bringing forth of anything has not been observed on the part of the female without the favour of the male. ...


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A short biography of Swami Ramananda's life, in poetic form, can be found in the Sri Bhaktamala. In addition to many devotional poems, Swami Ramananda is credited to have authored two philosophical works, in Sanskrit, which lays the foundations of the Ramanandi school of Vaishnavism. These works are as follows: 1) Ramarchana Paddhati (You can read it, in ...


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It looks like Yamunacharya was referring to what I was speculating about, namely the notion that Jaimini was only pretending to believe the doctrines of the Purva Mimamsa school while really believing in the Vedanta school. Here is what the Sri Vaishnava Acharya Nadadur Ammal says in this excerpt from his Sri Bhashya Prameya Mala: Jaimini in his ...


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I found the story in this chapter of the Vishnu Purana: One damsel gently sang an accompaniment to his song; another attentively listened to his melody: one calling out upon his name, then shrunk abashed; whilst another, more bold, and instigated by affection, pressed close to his side: one, as she sallied forth, beheld some of the seniors of the family, ...


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SIVAPURANA: VIDYESVARA SAMHITA: Chapter 12 mentions the fruits of bathing in different rivers in different solar months. Here is the relevant verse for bathing in Kaveri in the Tulā month: [Suta said] The great river Kaveri flowing from the mountain Sahya is very holy and is said to have twenty-seven mouths. It accords all cherished desires. Its ...


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Not just Iyengars, but all vaishnavites are discouraged from worshipping any other god other than Lord Vishnu. This is because Lord Vishnu is the supreme brahman and the only one capable of conferring moksha to the devotees, no other god has the ability to confer moksha. It is believed that worshipping only Lord Vishnu takes one in the right direction ...


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Brahman has multiple meanings. As shown from the verse quoted in the question, it is effulgence of Krishna's body. But it also refers to unqualified absolute or what you termed as impersonal brahman. Then it is very close to Advaita Nirguna brahman with some difference. SB 1.2.11: vadanti tat tattva-vidas tattvam yaj jñAnam advayam brahmeti ...


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