SrI: SrImathE SatakOpAya nama: SrImathE rAmAnujAya nama: SrImath varavaramunayE nama:
ANdAL pAtti is reciting thiruppAvai, when parAsara and vyAsa comes running towards her.
parAsara: pAtti, we have a doubt. We keep hearing about srIvaishNavam, please tell me what does that mean.
ANdAL pAtti: Oh, very nice question parAsara. srIvaishNavam is the eternal path which outlines srIman nArAyaNa as the supreme lord and his followers worship him with full faith.
vyAsa: But pAtti, why srIman nArAyaNa? why not some one else.
ANdAL pAtti: vyAsa, that is a good question. let me explain. srIvaishNavam is based on vEdham, vEdhAntham and dhivya prabhandhams of AzhwArs. All of these are called pramANam – pramANam means authentic source of information. All these pramANams unanimously explain that srIman nArAyaNa is the cause of all causes. We are supposed to worship the supreme cause. That supreme cause is explained as srIman nArAyaNa. That is why srIvaishNavam fully focusses on srIman nArAyaNa.
vyAsa: That is good to know pAtti. So, we understand that we are also followers of srIvaishNavam. Generally, What are we supposed to do pAtti?
parAsara: pAtti, you said we focus fully on srIman nArAyaNa. But why worship thAyAr, AzhwArs, AchAryas, etc?
ANdAL pAtti: That is a very good question parAsara. thAyAr is the divine consort (wife) of perumAL. See, perumAL is our father and thAyAr is our mother. We worship them together only. Often, you offer praNAmams to both your father and mother – so similarly, we also worship perumAL and thAyAr together. AzhwArs and AchAryas are dear devotees of srIman nArAyaNa. They had very strong devotion towards srIman nArAyaNa. They were the ones who clearly highlighted the glories of perumAL and thAyAr – so we worship them too.
vyAsa: What else we do pAtti?
parAsara: How do we do that pAtti?
ANdAL pAtti: Oh, that is very easy. Whenever we meet any one we discuss with them only about perumAL, thAyAr, AzhwArs and AchAryas. By understanding the greatness of perumAL, thAyAr, AzhwArs, AchAryas, etc – they will also develop devotion. That will be very beneficial to everyone.
vyAsa: This is very nice pAtti. what a wonderful way to spend our time? Thank you so much pAtti. Today we learnt some basic things about srIvaishNavam.
Author: sArathy rAmAnuja dAsan
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