Vedartha Sangraham Pravachanam 1

Day 1 Vedartha Sangraham Summary

First day pravachanam by Sriman.U.Ve.Samudrala Venkata Ranga Ramanujacharya Sawami varu.
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This pravachanam is the explanation of Pradhama Mangala Slokam, Dwitiya Slokam and Swamata Sankshemam(Part-1).

Pra:rthana sloka 1 (Pradhama Mangala Slokam):
  • “I offer my humble obeisance’s to Vishnu alone, who is the se:shi of the entire chit and achit vastu ja:tam, who reclines on the serpent bed of Ananta Sesha, who is free from any bad he:ya gunas, who is the abode of infinite auspicious qualities”
  • The above prayer is being made by Bhagavad Ramanuja in front of Lord Srinivasa of Tirumala, in front of whom he extemporaneously composes Vedartha Sangraham.
  • Ramanuja identifies this Srinivasa of Tirumala as none other than that very Lord of Sri Ranga, who is Vishnu Himself, who came in a standing form in order to offer refuge to all of us.
  • This is evidenced by authoritative words of Vaduga Nambi, Sudarshana Suri and Garuda Vahana Pandit.
Pra:rthana sloka 2(Dwitiya Slokam):

  • In the next prarthana sloka he glorifies his manasika acharya Yamuna muni as gloriously triumphing by dispelling the delusive darkness created by 3 philosophies which are against the conclusions of Vedas and Brahma Sutras:
  • That the Supreme Brahman becomes the jiva, bereft of knowledge, caught up in illusion, and wanders in samsa:ra (Sankaracharya’s philosophy)
  • That the Supreme Brahman is conditioned by an upa:dhi that exists separate from Him and remains helpless (Bhaskara’s)
  • That the Supreme Brahman becomes the seat of all inauspiciousness (Yadava Prakasa’s)
  • While Yamuna muni in truth condemns only the first two, Ramanuja includes even Yadava prakasa’s philosophy here as it is very close in form to Bhaskara’s.
Churnika 1-Swamata Sankshemam (part covered in today’s class):
  • The Upanishads which form the crown of the Vedas, for the benefit of the 4 orders (Deva, Manushya, Tiryak, Stha:vara), propound the following truth:
  • In order to attain the Supreme, the Mumukshu must first acquire an understanding of Atma and Paramatma.
  • Equipped with this understanding, he must perform the duties enjoined for his respective varna and asrama.
  • While doing the duties, he must devote himself to meditation, worship and obeisance’s at the two lotus feet of the Supreme Lord.
  • When this is done with boundless joy, one attains the Supreme.

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