Let’s a take a moment to understand the significance of the Tridandam? As given in one of the discourses of HH Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swami, Tridandam signifies what its owner practices as the core essence of Vedic scriptures as understood by his lineage.
Followers of Ramanujacharya carry Tridandam (Thri meaning three) because they understand from Vedic scriptures that there are THREE realities that exist: Bramha, Souls, and Nature. The souls co-exist and work with nature to reach an ultimate and un-ending state of happiness and contentment that the third entity enjoys. The third entity is what we call God. God is ONE entity that comprises of the other TWO entities. This ‘comprise’ word in Sanskrit is ‘Visishta’. So, this is called ‘Visishta Advaitha’.
The followers of Shankaracharya carry E:kadandam (e:ka meaning one) because they understand from Vedic scriptures that Bramha (the ultimate supreme power) is the ONLY ONE that exists and real, and rest of it is all unreal and illusionary. Advaitham means ONE and therefore the philosophy is named ‘Advaitham’.
Ramanujacharya Swamy has re-established Visishta Advaitha by spreading this message out of compassion towards all beings that they are all equal in the eyes of God. As we all know, in remembrance of this great Acharya – lakhs of hands are working together to build a monument that symbolizes equality.
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