Mahapurna Acharya, Guru of Sri Ramanuja

Sri Sri Vaishnava Acharya Mahapurna, was one of the best spiritual Gurus of the Vaishnavite Saint Sri Ramanujacharya. He was the key person who has motivated Ramanuja to enter into the Sri Vaishnavism Bhakti path.

He was also considered to be an aspect of the Divine Lotus Flower, the divine seat of Ma Mahalakshmi. Due to his staunch bhakti on Lord Vishnu, Mahapoorna was praised by various names such as “VAISHNAVACHARYA”, “VAISHNAVASIRONMANI”, “VAISHNAVAMAMANI”, “VAISHNAVANAVARATNA”, and as “VAISHNAVAMAHARAJA”.

Mahapurna was born in a pious Hindu family and lived during the 11th century AD. He was a famous disciple of Sri Yamunacharya, and he helped him in managing the day to day affairs of the Administration of the Ranganathasamy Temple at Srirangam, which is considered to be one of the popular Divya Desams of Lord Vishnu.

He was the main person in bringing Sri Ramanuja into the Sri Vaishnavite Sampradaya and also initiated him as the “VAISHNAVITE SAINT”.

SOME OF THE VALUABLE TEACHINGS OF SRI MAHAPURNA ARE AS FOLLOWS:-

1. The entire universe is controlled by Lord Vishnu, who is considered to be the supreme God for the entire universe.

2. Ma Maha Lakshmi is the holy consort of Lord Vishnu, and she acts as a mediator between God and humans.

3. Lord Vishnu is omnipotent, and he cannot be known fully by ordinary humans like us.

4. Lord Vishnu contains very good features such as mercy, beauty, righteousness, kindness, softness, generosity etc.

5. Lord Vishnu takes the form of Lord Brahma and creates all the things in the world. He also takes the form of Lord Shiva and destructs the entire universe during the time of deluge.

6. The individual Soul has got only limited powers, and it cannot easily take the form of the god, since human beings are supposed to undergo lot of spiritual tests before reaching the abode of the god.

7. Only through Bhakti, one can attain Mukti. Through our selfless Bhakti, we could get liberation, and we can cite the Bhagavathas like Prahalada and Dhruva as the best examples, who have attained salvation through their constant faith and bhakti towards Lord Vishnu.

“OM NAMO NARAYANAYA NAMAHA”
WRITTEN BY
R.HARISHANKAR

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