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Handbook of Srivaishnavism

Handbook of Srivaishnavism

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 The Handbook  of  Srivaishnavism 
byUVe Sri Rama Ramanuja Achari
 
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Contents
Introduction ...................................................................................................4The Starting Point The Human Condition ....................................................10Artha Panchaka - The Five Requirements ....................................................12Chapter 1 The Nature of the Godhead ........................................................121:1 Essential Nature of the Godhead .................................................131:2 The Five Facets of the Divine .....................................................14Chapter 2. The Nature of Self .....................................................................232:1 The 9 Relationships Between Godhead and the Jiva .................242:2 Types of Jivas .............................................................................272:3 The nature of Bondage ...............................................................282:4 Karma & Sin .............................................................................282:5 The Three Causes of Negative Karma ......................................302:6 Karma and Grace .......................................................................312:7 The Goal of the Jiva - Liberation ...............................................312:8 Lakshmi - The Mediatrix ...........................................................32Chapter 3 The Purpose of Life ....................................................................353:1 Varna-ashrama Dharma ............................................................363:2 Srivaishnavism and Caste ..........................................................363:3 Dharma - Right Action .............................................................. 383:4 Artha - Economics ......................................................................403:5 Kama - Sex & Recreation ..........................................................403:6 Moksha - Liberation ..................................................................41Chapter 4 The Means to God-realisation .....................................................434:1 Karma Yoga - The Way of Action ............................................434:2 Jñana Yoga - The Way of Knowledge .......................................454:3 Bhakti Yoga - The Way of Devotion .........................................464:4 Shadanga Yoga - The Way of Resignation .................................484:5 Acharya-abhimanam - Resorting to a Preceptor .......................514:6 Ashtanga Yoga - The Eightfold Yoga .........................................55 Chapter 5 The Obstacles to Spiritual Practice .............................................575:1 Mistaken Identity ..................................................................... 575:2 Theological Misconceptions .....................................................585:3 Misconceptions about Life’s Goals .........................................615:4 Misconceptions about the Means ............................................625:5 Offences in Prapatti Dharma ....................................................62
 
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Part 2Miscellany
1. The Filters of Comprehension ..................................................... 652. Initiation - samashrayanam ..........................................................653. Disciples - Shishyas ..................................................................674. Spiritual Practice - Sadhana .........................................................685. Daily Duties .................................................................................736. Personal Conduct..........................................................................747. Livelihood ....................................................................................758. Tadiya-aradhanam ........................................................................769. The Community...........................................................................7710. Women ........................................................................................8011. The 82 Conclusive Precepts of Ramanuja ................................8312. Offences in Icon Worship ...........................................................88The 18 Differences between Vadakalais & Tenkalais ......................90Bibliography .....................................................................................99

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