Ramanuja’s Philosophy of Divinity: From Brahman to Narayana

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Jon Paul Sydnor. (2022). Ramanuja’s Philosophy of Divinity: From Brahman to Narayana: Journal of Vaishnava Studies. Journal of Vaishnava Studies, 16(2), 7–29. Retrieved from https://ivsjournal.com/index.php/jvs/article/view/151


What is the relationship between the svarupa (proper form) and divya rupa (divine form) of Brahman within the Sri Vaishnava philosophy of Ramanuja? An understanding of this relationship is fundamental to any understanding of Ramanuja’s philosophy of divinity.
Yet, the tension between the unembodied, omnipresent svarupa and the embodied, located divya rupa has not (to the extent of this writer’s investigations) been explicitly addressed by Western scholars of Sri Vaishnavism, nor by Sri Vaishnavas themselves. This situation is striking, since the svarupa and divya rupa play such central roles in Sri Vaishnava devotion. Indeed, the tension between the svarupa and divya rupa is extremely productive, ensuring both the accessibility and transcendence of Brahman/Narayana.

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