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  • Pannirselvam Kanagaratnam
    Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya! Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya! Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya! Namaste! Today (May 9th) is the birthday of Sri Ramanujacharya
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      Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya!

      Namaste!

      Today (May 9th) is the birthday of Sri Ramanujacharya
      and yesterday (May 8th) was the birthday of Sri Adi
      Shankaracharya. There are several articles on these
      two great teachers of Vedanta on our site. They are:

      1) Ramanuja by Swami Sivananda
      http://www.dlshq.org/saints/ramanuja.htm

      2) Sankara by Swami Sivananda
      http://www.dlshq.org/saints/sankara.htm

      3) Sankara Jayanthi by Swami Chidananda
      http://www.dlshq.org/religions/sankarajay.htm

      4) Sankara - The Genius by Swami Krishnananda
      http://www.swami-krishnananda.org/fest/fest_05.html

      Yours in the service of Gurudev,

      Pannirselvam

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      Book Synopsis

      First Lessons in Vedanta
      By Swami Sivananda

      Vedanta literally means the end, conclusion or the
      culmination of the Veda. It is comprised of the
      Upanishads. It deals with the transcendental science
      of the Atman, or Brahma-Jnana. It is the philosophical
      portion expounding the nature of the Atman, whereas
      the first portion of the Vedas, the Karma-kanda deals
      with ritualistic observances and sacrifices. Vedanta
      expounds the true nature of the Self, declares that
      Brahman, the Supreme Self alone is real, the world and
      the diverse phenomena are unreal, and the individual
      soul is identical with Brahman. The Upanishads and the
      Brahmasutras are the most authoritative works on the
      Vedanta. Upon these intricate texts numerous
      voluminous complicated commentaries by several great
      Acharyas like Sankara, Ramanuja, Madhva, Nimbarka,
      Vallabha have been written. They are extremely
      difficult and very lengthy works. And the language too
      is difficult Sanskrit. Therefore, to give a clear
      understanding of the basic principles of Vedanta
      philosophy in easy and simple manner these few lessons
      are given. They present the truths and the details of
      Vedanta philosophy in a way that can be read and
      understood by all and remembered without difficulty.
      This will give a good idea of the main outlines of the
      Vedanta philosophy, the details of which could be
      filled in later through a study of the bigger works.
      This is a groundwork for detailed Vedantic Study. It
      equips the student with a preliminary knowledge of the
      Vedanta.

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      http://www.dlshq.org/books/es92.htm

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      RIGHTS OF MONKEYS: One day some people went to the
      Master and suggested to him, "Swamiji, it will be good
      if we had a flower garden here. This nuisance of the
      monkeys is frightening the visitors. So shall we use
      something to drive them out?"

      "This place belongs to them," began the Master. "The
      forest belongs to them. You have come and occupied
      their place and now you wish to drive them out! It is
      cruel! We are at fault. They are not at fault. They
      were living here so peacefully and now we have come
      and occupied this place and wish to drive them out.
      No, it should not be done!"

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      "Ramanuja was the exponent of the Visishtadvaita
      philosophy or qualified non-dualism. Ramanuja's
      Brahman is Sa-visesha Brahman, i.e., Brahman with
      attributes. According to Ramanuja's teachings, Lord
      Narayana or Bhagavan is the Supreme Being; the
      individual soul is Chit; matter is Achit. Ramanuja
      regards the attributes as real and permanent, but
      subject to the control of Brahman. The attributes are
      called Prakaras or modes. Lord Narayana is the Ruler
      and Lord of the universe. The Jiva is His servant and
      worshipper. The Jiva should completely surrender
      himself to the Lord. The oneness of God is quite
      consistent with the existence of attributes, as the
      attributes or Shaktis depend upon God for their
      existence." - Swami Sivananda


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