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SriVaishnava Guidelines by Ramanuja

SriVaishnava Guidelines by Ramanuja

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Instructions from Sri Ramanuja to his disciples which form guidelines for how a Srivaishnava has to live.
Instructions from Sri Ramanuja to his disciples which form guidelines for how a Srivaishnava has to live.

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1 post - Last post: 20 Jun 2001essence of 
Sri Vaishnavism
. I give below excerpts of these, translated from "
(written by
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Essence of Sri Vaishnavism
In his final moments Sri Ramanuja is said to havearticulated 82 statements to his disciples. It is notan exaggeration to present these statements as theessence of Sri Vaishnavism. I give below excerpts of these, translated from "Sri Ramaanujar," pi. sri,sudhEsamitthiran, pp. 250 - 259, aagaStu 1964 . Iapologise for the lack of lucidity of my translation.(written by Sri Parthasarathy Dileepan).1. Serve God and God's devotees. Serve all devoteeswithout regard to their status.2. Have faith in the teachings of AchAryAs.3. Do not succumb to sensual pleasures.4 & 5. Do not put your conviction on trivialsaasthraas, have conviction on the saasthraas thatdeal with God.6 - 8. Protect yourself from the five senses.9 & 10. Praise the name of the Lord and AchAryAs.11. All the knowledge you may have will not protectyou if you choose sensual pleasures.12 & 13. It is not enough to control your sensualdesires, you must surrender to the Lord.14 - 17. Do not be disrespectful of sri vaishnavaasfor any reason, including age, caste, etc. You mustshow respect to them all.18. When you rise from your bed meditate upon yourancestral line of AchAryAs.19. In front of the sanctum of our Lord, amongst srivaishnavaas utter the words of dvayam. (mentally' Donot utter loudly, as they are rahaysyams)20. Praise the auspicious qualities of our Lord andAchAryAs.21 and 22. Welcome sri vaishnavas with open arms andpraise. Do not praise ordinary people for the sake of 
material gain.23. Pay respect when you see the gOpuram of a temple.24 - 25. Have undying faith in Lord Vishnu.26. Do not find fault with praise of the Lord ordevotees.27 - 29. Pay at most respect to sri vaishnavaas.30 & 31. Among sri vaishnavaas do not discriminatebetween poor and rich.32. Ignore the faults and praise the virtues of srivasihnavaas.33 - 35. Consume Sri paadha theertham with respect.36. Do not consider yourself as equal to otherdevotees. Think of yourself as their servant.37 - 39. To purify your sins consume the sri paathatheertham of great saints. For this, do not considerthe caste of those saints.40 & 41. Duties of families. (Not described in thetext)42 - 44. Visiting temples and securing prasaadam isimportant.45. Do not boast about your virtues.46. Do not scorn a devotee.47. Do not ignore serving devotees.48. Praise the auspicious qualities of the Lord daily.49. Recite prabhandams like thiruvaaymozhi daily.50 - 58. Do not associate with the ones who onlypretend to be sri vaihnvaas. Do not associate with theones who find faults with others. Do not even lookupon those who belittle devotees. Associate with thosewho wish to surrender to the Lord.59 & 60. Ignore the harsh words of other srivaishnvas. Always do good to them.(From this point onwards I am unable to give numericallisting as the original text does not give thenumerical ordering.)Do not think of the deities of the Lord as just stoneor wood.

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