Saturday, May 9, 2009

The six principles of Vishitadhvaidham

Six statements in a precise manner to explain our Visistaadvaita Shree Vaishnava matam

The Lord of Kaancheepuram Shree Varadaraja Swamy told six statements in a precise manner to explain our Visistaadvaita Shree Vaishnava matam (philosophy and practice).

The Kanchi Varadhar himself conveyed these 6 kattalais to Thirukachi Nambigal.

These statements with brief explanation are as follows:

  1. Ahameva Param Tatvam
  2. Darsanam Bhedam Eva Cha
  3. Upayeshu Prapatisyaat
  4. Antima Smruthi Varjanam
  5. Dehaavasaane Muktisyaat
  6. Poornaachaaryam Samaasraya

The first statement means:

Shreeman Naaraayanan is the supreme self, who is unparalleled and unsurpassed

The second statement means:

The philosophical system is based on the natural difference between insentient, sentient and the supreme Lord – The Lord has all the insentient and sentient entities as his body, and He is the soul of everything

The third statement means:

The way (means) to get salvation is surrendering to the feet of the Lord; (Bhakti is impossible as it requires the person to have necessary qualification and ability)

The fourth statement means:

There is no need to adopt contemplation on the Lord during our final breath (which is a requirement for Bhakti Yogis)”

The fifth statement means:

After the soul departs from the material body, it gets salvation in case he/she has adopted the means of surrender. (The soul on getting salvation crosses all material worlds and reaches the transcendental world Paramapadam Shree Vaikuntam and eternally serves the Lord with ultimate & infinite bliss)

The sixth statement means:

one should approach a fully qualified Shree Vaishnava preceptor (here, for Shree Raamaanuja, it is Periya Nambi) and get enlightened.

I learnt this essence of Vishitadhvaidham form Sri Velukkudi Krishnan sawmigal and Sri Hari who is an ardent follower of Sri Vaishnavism. I will write about him and his contributions to Sri Vaishnavism soon.

I have an e-book in Tamil on these 6 principles. Please email me if you want it. I will be very glad to send it to you.

Image: Kancheepuram Varadaraja perumal Garuda sevai

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  1. I am continuously reading your post by reading this blog daily. It would be kind of you if u can email me the e-book.

  2. Thanks Balu. I have sent it.

  3. I came across this blog just by chance today. Very illuminating.
    Kindly send me the ebook when you find time.
    Thank you, and may Lord Narayana always be with you in your endeavors.

  4. Thanks for your feedback. Where do I send the e-book?