People belonging to Sri Vaishnavism follow Vishistadvaita philosophy. Sri Vaishnavism is characterized by various distinct beliefs. One of them is the role of a guru or acharya as a mediatrix (purushakara) in the attainment of the paramapadam(a name given to Moksha). Also, the followers consider the 4000 divya prabandams (sacred hymns) written by the Alvars as Tamil Vedas, equivalent to the sanskrit Vedas. Due to such primacy given to divya prabandams and classical vedanta, Sri Vaishnavism is also called as ubhaya vedanta sampradayam (literally system of dual vedanta).
The prefix Sri is used for this sect because they give special importance to the worship of the Goddess Lakshmi,the consort of Vishnu, who they believe to act as a mediator between God and man.The associated movement is sometimes called Sri Vaishnavism and is a Vaishnava sub-denomination of Vaishnavism centered around the famous Sri Ranganatha temple at Srirangam, and a philosophical system of thought culminating in the philosophy of Visishtadvaita espoused by Ramanujacharya.Sri Sampradaya or Sri Vaishnavism is a Vaishnava sect within Hinduism. Its origin and codification is generally traced back to Sri, Mahalakshmi eternal consort of Lord Vishnu. Around the 10th century when a collection of the devotional hymns and songs by Alvars was organized by Sri Nathamuni, who is considered to be one of the pioneers of the sect. Nathamuni appeared as the pioneer who wrote Sanskrit works systematizing the Sri Vaishnava theology, largely in debate with Gauttama philosophy of Buddhism. He was followed by Yamunacharya a celebrated grand-teacher of Ramanujacharya. Alavandar, like Ramanuja, focused both on philosophical debates like dvaita vs. advaita and bhakti prayers and the works attributed to him are in Sanskrit although he codified the heritage of the Tamil alvars. Works attributed to him are In this tradition Vishnu is believed to be the source of all avatars.
Vishnu is the name of God in the whole Vaishnavism and he is also known as Narayana, Vasudeva and Krishna and behind each of those names is a divine figure with attributed supremacy in Vaishnavism and each associated tradition believed to be distinct historically. Name of the tradition is originating from Sri being the name of Lakshmi. Two different tilaka or pundra makings are worn by the representative of two different sect within the Sri Sampradaya following Ramanujacharya: Ten-galais and Vada-galais, both ascribing the markings to the footprint of Vishnu on the forehead. Some leaders or acharyas are strict Iyengar brahmanas and will only take renunciation of sannyasa at a very late age, while others live in a monastery.
In the realm of modern kaliyuga, people in general lost all faith in the vedic literature and are completely sold to temperory sensual pleasures. Many have taken shelter of athiesm, some have taken shelter of semi-athiesm. Society became somuch polluted that real seekers of tattva (Absolute Truth) find no arm of help. There is a great need for the revival of the situation and acharyas of this great sampradaya are trying in all possible ways to reach all sections of society and enlighten them. There is a great need for a spiritual revolution in the society with regard to distribution of vedic knowledge. A humble attempt is made to expose this great sampradaya to the people of this world.
Please practise and propogate the chanting of holy names of 'SrImAn nArAyaNa' because "sankIrtya nArAyaNa shabda mAtram vimuktha dukhA: sukhino bhavanti". We are all suffering from the disease of material bondage from time immemorial. Mere chanting of Sriman nArAyaNa's holy name can liberate(give vimukti) us from the cycle of repeated birth and death and develop pure love for the service of Supreme Lord. Let us take the best opportunity of taking birth as a human being and liberate ourselves from the clutches of maya(ignorance) by becoming devotees of the Lord.
Sri Vaishnavism is a great boon for the people of this mortal world to become free from the cycle of repeated birth and death. It is the purest and complete understanding of vedas. The Supreme Lord, SrimAn NArAyana, out of His causeless Mercy has given us the sri Vaishnava SAmpradAya to lead a devotional life as per the injunctions of the Vedas, along with the most glorious acharyas who can protect the sampradaya with their guidance, Mahatmas like alwars, Sri Natha Muni, Sri Yamuna Acharya, Sri Ramanuja Acharya, Sri Swami Desikan, Sri Manavala mamunigal,... have given the most lucid and accurate presentation of vedic injunctions in the form of Sri Visishta-advaitha siddhAnta. They proclaimed the three fold varigated uni-reality namely Brahman, jivatma and matter. They have given us the absolute purpose of life, surrender to the Supreme Lord, Sriman Lakshmi Narayana and the invaluable gift of prapatti marga. They established the Supremacy of Sriman Narayana and devotion unto Him from the revealed scriptures.
The website is designed with the aim of providing basic information about the parama-vaidika SrI vaishNava sAmpradAya. Traditionally, the information pertaining to veda along with its ancillories are studied under the auspices of a sat-AchArya(bonafide spiritual master) in a systematic way. With the whirlpool of modern civilization and circumstances, the feasibility to undergo this traditional training has been difficult for many aspirants. Under these circumstances, many mahatmas have chosen this virtual (website) approach to impart their anubhavams. Yet, the necessity of an integrated website with all the basic information in one place is felt and a humble attempt is made in this direction. It is believed that this basic information will drive the aspirants towards a sat-acharya.
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