Introduction to srIvaishNavam

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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?

ANdAL pAtti: We regularly worship perumAL, thAyAr, AzhwArs, AchAryas, etc.

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?

ANdAL pAtti: As srIvaishNavas, we understand everyone is children of perumAL and thAyAr. So, we pray for the well being of everyone. We help others in their devotion towards srIman nArAyaNa.

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.

ANdAL pAtti: It is very nice of both of you to ask such intelligent questions. perumAL and thAyAr will be very happy for both of you. Come, let us have some prasAdham now.

Author: sArathy rAmAnuja dAsan

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About Sarathy Thothathri

Disciple of SrImath paramahamsa ithyAdhi pattarpirAn vAnamAmalai jIyar (29th pattam of thOthAdhri mutt). Descendant of komANdUr iLaiyavilli AchchAn (bAladhanvi swamy, a cousin of SrI ramAnuja). Born in AzhwArthirungari, grew up in thiruvallikkENi (chennai), lived in SrIperumbUthUr, presently living in SrIrangam. Learned sampradhAyam principles from (varthamAna) vAdhi kEsari azhagiyamaNavALa sampathkumAra jIyar swamy, vELukkudi krishNan swamy, gOmatam sampathkumArAchArya swamy and many others. Full time sEvaka/servitor of SrIvaishNava sampradhAyam. Engaged in translating our AzhwArs/AchAryas works in Simple thamizh and English, and coordinating the translation effort in many other languages. Also engaged in teaching dhivyaprabandham, sthOthrams, bhagavath gIthA etc and giving lectures on various SrIvaishNava sampradhAyam related topics in thamizh and English regularly. Taking care of portal, which is a humble offering to our pUrvAchAryas. is part of SrI varavaramuni sambandhi Trust ( initiatives.

9 thoughts on “Introduction to srIvaishNavam

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