Shiva Pan.cAkSharI

Mani Varadarajan mani at SHASTA.STANFORD.EDU
Thu May 20 23:10:56 UTC 1999

Vidyasankar Sundaresan wrote:
> Perhaps, the
> story about the conservative opposition to Ramanuja's shouting out the
> eight-syllable mantra for all to hear was because of the presence of the
> praNava.

Looking at the earliest biographies, as well as the story
as Ramanuja's tradition remembers it, Ramanuja did not
shout out anything, much less the eight-syllabled mantra.
He did, however, immediately teach many people the inner
meaning of the mantra in direct violation of his guru's


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