Page 8 - Ramanuja and Equality Book.pmd
P. 8

•  The entire Universe and everything in it is a manifestation
              of the Supreme Being.

           •  The key purpose of life is to serve the Supreme Being,
              which  implies  serving  society,  as  the  entire  Universe  is
              apart of the Supreme Being.

       He dispelled concepts that spoke about the universe being an
       illusion  and  became  the preceptor of  the Bhakthi  movement
       -  a  movement  born  out  of  mystical  devotion  and  ripened
       knowledge, and which united people from all walks of life into
       serving the Supreme Being and  society. All  the Bhakti schools
       derive  inspiration  from  Ramanuja’s  teachings.  He  stood  as  an
       inspiration for mystic poets like Kabir, Meerabai, Annamacharya,
       Bhaktha Ramdas, Thyagaraja and many others.

       He was a great scholar and  wrote nine  scriptures detailing
       the  essence  of  Vedic  knowledge,  without  any  adulteration  of
       speculation, or other self-manifested thought processes. These
       works include  four commentaries on  the key message of the
       Upanishads and the Brahma Sutra, a commentary on Sri Bhagavad
       Gita,  three  prose  works  of  devotion  focusing  on  surrendering
       to the Supreme Being, and a manual of daily worship. For the
       past one thousand years, these works have been celebrated and
       studied methodically by scholars of all schools throughout the

                        SRI RAMANUJACHARYA,

       He was the epitome of Egalitarian  thought, embracing  those
       discarded  by society, enlightening  otherwise-darkened lives.
       He blessed  them with  the divine  mantras and  the 5 divine
       samskaras to lead a life of courage and inspiration.  In addition
       to opening temple doors to all walks of society, He reserved 50%
       of temple responsibilities for various communities, including the
       downtrodden, in Srirangam.

       He bridged the gap between literate and illiterate, rulers and the
       ruled.  He gave impetus to the concept of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam,

   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12   13