Srimathe Ramanujaya Nama:
Srimath Anantharya Mahagurave Nama:
Srimath Varavaramunaye Nama:
If Brahmanyam and Vaishnavatvam are different like this, can’t one stay as a Brahmin without becoming a Srivaishnava? That is, learn the Vedas but not Thiruvaymozhi.
Acharya Hrudhayam 38:
“indha uTporuL kaRRuNarndhu mElaith thalaimaRaiyOr AgAdhArai, ayaRsadhuppEdhimAr enRu uthpaththi nirUpikkum.”
As said in Mudhal Thiruvandhadhi 66, “kaRRu uNarndha mElaith thalaimaRaoyOr”, great Vedantis are those who learn and understand the Vedas from an acharya. And the purpose of learning the Vedas this way is to understand Ishvara and that the nature of the soul is to perform service to Him.
This knowledge is obtained only from understanding Thiruvaymozhi, which is the inner meaning of the Vedas (“mikka vedhiyar vedhaththin uTporul” – Kanninunsiruththambu 9).
Without this knowledge, mere learning of the Vedas (“aDimamiyil kuDimai illA ayal sathuppEdhimAr” – Thirumaalai 39) will only lead to disassociation with the Vedas and their very birth will be looked into (as being worthy).
Paadma Puranam says that ‘for one who has no Vishnu bhakti, even if he knows all the Vedas, brahmanatvam will not result’.
viShNu bhakti vihInoya: sarvashAstrArtha vedyapi
brAhmaNyam tasya na bhavet tasyotpatti: nirUpyatAm
Azhvar Thiruvadigale Sharanam
Azhagiya Manavala Perumal Nayanar Thiruvadigale Sharanam