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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