Srimathe Ramanujaya Namaha!
Sriman V. Narasimhan, my close relative, a great scholar
and friend has taken a unique subject by comparing Sri
Rama with Shri Ramanuja and has shown in his essay
some salient points acceptable to us.
Sri Rama was born long, long ago to establish Dharma
in this world and Ramanuja was born 1000 years ago
as a preceptor and as a messenger for renovating Shri
Vaishnavite philosophy (The "Visishta Dvaitam).
Some salient points he compared are:
a. Rama was born by performing Putra Kameshti
Yagnya by King Dasharata at the banks of Sarayu
river in Ayodhya while the same kind of Yagnya
was performed by Ramanujas’ father, Sriman
Sarva Krutu Kesava Sowmiyaji at the sea shore
opposite to Sri Parthasarathy Swami Temple at
b. Rama was the disciple of Vasishta, Vishwamitra
and several other rishis to gain his general
knowledge but Ramanuja had studied his Sastras
and Puranas from his father initially and later
on for some time he was the student of Yadava
Prakasha and his cousin brother Embar followed
c. Rama conquered Ravana by killing him and
thereby established Dharma over the Adharma.
Shri Ramanuja has conquered all the other
prevailing religions through his philosophic
arguments (Vaada), from the scripts (Sastras,
Vedas and Puranas, Bhagavat Gita and others).
d. While Rama had three brothers to establish his
different paths of life - Lakshmana the devotee,
Bharata his representative and Kshatrugna the
follower of Bharata, Ramanuja had also four
close disciples like Embar, Kurathazhwan and
Mudhaliandan who closely followed him.
e. Shri Ramanuja earned the essence of Sri
Ramayana through his maternal uncle,
Shrishaila Poorna at Tirupati by serving lord
Venkateshwara at Thirumalai Hills.
This will be a unique comparison attracting the followers
of Ramanuja and also to an extent the children to study
and compare Ramayana and Ramanuja. I appreciate the
presentation and pains taken by the author to narrate
the whole Vaibhavams of Shri Ramanuja as compared
to the incarnation of Vishnu and Sri Rama Avatar.
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