SrIvachana bhUshaNam – sUthram 396

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avathArikai (Introduction)

piLLai lOkAchAryar mercifully explains as to who named these incidental acts etc as good deeds while they are not ordained in SAsthram and also unknown to chEthanas, in the manner of clearing a doubt.

sUthram 396

SAsthramum vidhiyAdhE nAmum aRiyAdhE irukkiRa iththai sukruthamenRu nAm pEridugiRapadi en ennil, nAmanRu; ISvaranenRu kEttirukkaiyAy irukkum.

Simple Explanation

When asked “Since the SAsthram has not ordained these and we are also unaware of the [nature of the] acts, how can we name these as good deeds?” piLLai lOkAchAryar says “It is not we, but it is said to be ISvaran who named these as good deeds”

vyAkyAnam (Commentary)

SAsthramum …

That is – good deeds are those which are done as ordained in SAsthram as said in “idham kuryAth” (do it) and the doer, the chEthana must have done it knowingly; in that manner, how can we name these incidental acts etc as good deeds while SAsthram has not ordained and we, the doers, are also unaware of the good deeds? We have heard from AchAryas who are knowers of truth who said “We have not named these as good deeds; ISvaran who is omniscient has named these as good deeds to avoid the question of sarva mukthi prasangam (why everyone has not attained liberation?)” Thus, piLLai lOkAchAryar revealed the manner in which nammAzhwAr, the chief among the AzhwArs who was blessed with divine knowledge and devotion, explained this principle of unconditional acceptance in thiruvAimozhi 8.7.8veRidhE aruL seyvar” and clarified the doubts in that topic.

adiyen sarathy ramanuja dasan

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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 koyil.org portal, which is a humble offering to our pUrvAchAryas. koyil.org is part of SrI varavaramuni sambandhi Trust (varavaramuni.com) initiatives.

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