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Sri Bhashyam and Visistadvaitam
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Sri Bhasya is the most famous work of BHAGAVAD RAMANUJA. It is his commentary on Sri BADARAYANA's (Veda Vyasa) VEDANTHA SUTHRAs. Ramanuja presents the fundamental philosophical principles of Visistadvaita based on his interpretation of the UPANISHADS, BHAGAVAD GITA and other smrti texts, the previous acharyas, and of course the Vedanta-sutra itself. This is done by way of refuting Sankara's advaita-vedanta and in particular his theory of maya. In his Sri-bhasya he describes the three categories of reality (tattvas): God, soul and matter, which are used by the later Vaisnava theologians like Madhva. The principles of bhakti as a means to liberation (moksa) were also developed.
 
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Lord Varadaraja
View of temple
Festivals here
Alwars connected
Bhagavad Ramanuja
Sree Bhashyam
Nadathoor Ammal
Vedantha Desika
Acknowledgements
 
 
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The VisishtAdvaitic thought is considered to have existed for a long time. VisishtAdvaitic system, the prominent ones are Bodhayana, Dramida, Tanka, Guhadeva, Kapardi and Bharuci. Besides these philosophers, Ramanuja's teacher Yamunacharya is credited with laying the foundation for what culminates as the Sri Bhashya.

Bodhayana is considered to have written an extensive vritti (commentary) on the Purva and Uttara Mimamsas. Tanka is attributed with having written commentaries on Chandogya Upanishad and Brahma Sutras. Natha-muni of the ninth century AD, the foremost Acharya of the Vaishnavas, collected the Tamil prabandhas, classified them, made the redaction, set the hymns to music and spread them everywhere. He is said to have received the divine hymns straight from Nammalvar, the foremost of the twelve Alwars, by yogic insight in the temple at Alwar Thirunagari, which is located near Tirunelveli in South. Yamunacharya renounced kingship and spent his last days in the service of the Lord at Srirangam and in laying the fundamentals of the Vishishtadvaita philosophy by writing four basic works on the subject.

Ramanuja is the main proponent of VisishtAdvaita philosophy. The philosophy itself is considered to have existed long before Ramanuja's time. Ramanuja continues along the line of thought of his predecessors while expounding the knowledge expressed in the Upanishads, Brahma Sutras and Bhagavad Gita.

Pillai Lokacharya said to have born as an amsa ("essence") of Kanchi Devaraja (Varadaraja) Perumal to document and immortalize Ramanuja's message. He is said to have lived for 106 years, during which time, he also helped to safeguard the idol of Ranganatha at Srirangam from Muslim invaders. Pillai Lokacharya confirmed the basics of the Sri Vaishnava system in his 18 works popularly known as Ashtadasa Rahasyangal ("the eighteen secrets") also called the Rahasya granthas ("doctrines that explain the inner meanings").

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