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Editor's Note - 59 (April 1, 2013)

Goodbye To Doubts, Fears, Responsibilities; Welcome To Pleasant Duties

Dear Fellow-Bhagavathas,

Quite some time back in this column — in Note No. 7, to be precise — the imperativeness of performing Prapaththi was emphasised and it was so well received that it evoked instantaneous response from several readers. It was very heartening to have heard from people that they accomplished the mission of submitting their souls (Bhara Nyasam) at the feet of the Lord with the help of their respective Acharyas.

For the record and for those who are uninitiated, it is reiterated here that the terms Prapaththi, Saranaagathi, Bhara Nyasam, Bhara Samarpanam, Athma Samarpanam — they all mean the same and are used interchangeably.

The present article may be, in a way, deemed as a follow-up to the aforesaid one, as it deals with the status and duties of the disburdened soul. We shall see what it is to be a Prapanna (one who has performed Prapaththi) and what he ought to do or how he should spend the post-Prapaththi period. These are covered in the chapters Krutha-kruthya Adhikaaram and Uththara-kruthya Adhikaaram (13th & 15th) of Swami Desika’s masterpiece Srimath Rahasya-thraya Saaram.

The following sum up will give a fair idea as to a Prapanna’s status:

The post-Prapaththi conduct and deeds as prescribed by Saasthras are:

Thus, by performing Prapaththi, one becomes a Prapanna. At that point, the old doubts, fears, responsibilities, anxieties disappear and a new set of pleasant duties get attached to him. These duties will only make one more pious and devoted to the Lord.

On our part, we, at svdd.com, are striving to keep you in divine touch as much as possible.

Meet you in the next Note.

எங்கள் தூப்புல் பிள்ளை பாதம் என் சென்னியதே!

Natteri P. Srihari (a) Lakshmi Narasimhacharyar

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