Sri Ramanuja Munaye Namaha,
Sri Velukkudi Krishnan Swami Guruve Namaha,
Beautiful reference BhagavAta from BhagavAta Gita referring to Swami’s Pravachanams. Additionally With Swami Ramanujar’s Kataksham with Asmadh Acharya Krupai and Sri Velukkudi Swami’s Anugraham, some details as below.
Dear Vikram Thambi,
Question 1 answer:
* Srimadh Ramayanam is an “Ithihasa” (written as and when it happened) by Valmiki Maharishi A BhagavAta (A great Acharya)’. Hence it is the Moola Grantham “Original Source of informatiom”.
* “Puranam” is written at a later stage after incident happened which captures all the incidents that happened during that time as Ithihasa and as well it captures the incidents that were missed to be written on Ithihasa Grantham, though the incident actually happened.
* Garuda Puranam was said by BhagavAn Sri Vishnu Himself to Garuda Alwar.
So Garuda ‘Puranam’ talks about the ‘Shraddham’ incident that actually happened during SriRama Avatar though it was not written in Valmiki Ramayanam ‘Ithihasa’ .
Valmiki Maharishi has written all the key incidents as much as possible for BhagavAtas like us to know and follow. It is not necessary that “EACH second” happening can be detailed. If an incident is not mentioned in Valmiki Ramayanam, that doesn’t mean that the incident did not happen. So how to verify that ” while SriRama was during shradham, Dasaratha actually appeared in front of Sita Piratti”. Only Sri Rama BhagavAn ‘THE SUPREME’ knows this incident. So BhagavAn tells that incident LATER in Garuda Puranam to Garuda Alwar. So we BhagavAtas Accept it, since SriRama is DharmavAn and HE is the one who decides whom to give Moksham.
“Hamsa Sandhesham”, SriRama sent message about HIS love and couldn’t bear the Seperation from HIS Wife Sita Piratti through a Hamsa Paravai (bird). This incident is NOT told in Valmiki Ramayana. So how to believe?. Sri Rama BhagavAn’s one of favorite adiyar is Gantam Alwar ‘Bell’ (Nithyasoori). So Gantam Alwar took avatar based on SriRaman NarayanAn wish as ‘Swami Vedanta Desikan’ and wrote the “Hamsa Sandesham” based on SriRamas instructions, since BhagavAn was the one who was involved in sending Sandhesham to Sita Piratti. So we BhagavAtas accept it with NO DOUBHT since BhagavAn himself says these through other Adiyars, though it was not told in Ithihasa ‘Srimadh Ramayanam’.
Overall, if something is not mentioned in “Ithihasas”, then those incidents IF mentioned in “Puranas”, then we BhagavAtas accept it since we follow VEDA maargham (Ithihasaas,Puranaas, Divya Prabhandhams, Acharya Sri Sookthikal etc…..).
Question 2 answer :
Garuda Puranam is Sathvika Puranam since BhagavAn Sri Vishnu (Suddha Satvam) talks about it to Garuda Alwar. The word ‘violence’ can be used ONLY in places where Attrocities happen against law.
So Narakam (Hell) is not a violence place, since it is a Dharmika place to ‘Punish Bad people (non-stop without any break)’ who has done attrocities (against shastras) during their bhooloka birth as humans.
The closest better term in English for Garuda Puranam stories is Full of “NON-STOP REHABILITATION THERAPY” .
Few glimpses of how rehabilitation therapy is done is hell is by giving the JeevAthma a different body called “YATHANA” shareeram. The beauty of this Yathana body is, if one took bribe using the hands while on earth, then during their therapy in Narakam, their hand is cut in Yathana body, so the Athma can feel the pain. Immediately the hand grows within fraction of second, then cut again (pain felt), then hand grows again, cut again and pain felt and so on. This is not like vadivelu movie comedy “Ivan Yevalavvu Adicchaalum Thaangaraanda“. Its real in Yama lokam untill the Athmas ‘BAD VAASANA’ is removed from its Chittham, so that when they take birth in Earth again, we avoid taking bribes due to experience of the Punishment received previously in hell which is stored in our subconscious mind (Chittham). So we avoid doing bad things in future and follow Shastras.
This type of rehabilitation therapy is called as “NIGRAHAMUM ANUGRAHATTHIN SEIKAYE” (Punishment is Blessing in Disguise), so the JeevAthma travel in correct path “NERMAI, OZHUKKAM etc….”. We all have gone through such therapy in the past janmas and now we started Bhakthi after rehabilitation.
This is like a person who was involved in unlawful/ unethical activities WITHIN FAMILY MEMBERS or Outside family (society) gets punished in jail/lock-up/rehabilitated for a longer period of time, then when released from jail, they remember the Punishment received and they avoid doing such bad activities in future.
Finally, the JeevAthma follows Shastras and Surrenders to Sriman NaryananAn (Sharanagathy) and pleads for forgiveness, since BhagavAn Sriman NarayanAn is the Supreme Head for Yama Dharma Raja as well.
So, after Sharanagathy, when we are involved in Shravanam, naama sankeetyhanam etc… And involved in Kainjaryam, our Bad Vaasanaas gets Removed and “Good Vaasanaas” gets stored.get due to Sri Rama Thiru Ulla Ugappu.
It’s a coincidence and BhagavAt arul that Swami’s today’s Enpani 1191 topic “Dharmatthin Vazhiyil Thunbham Illai” is relavent to this thread. Swami reads our mind and delivers instantly. Sri Velukkudi Krishnan Swami ThiruvAdigalaey Sharanam.
Let’s all “Follow” the Righteous foot steps of Sri Rama by “Listening” to SriKrishna’s BhagavAt Gita words and spread the Sath Vishaya messages to all with Swami’s Anugrahagam.
Adiyen Sri Velukkudi Krishna Dasan,
Uyya Oraey Vazhi UdayavAr ThiruvAdi.
Sri Ramou DharmavAn Vigrahaha:
Sri RamaChandra Murthi Ki Jai,
Sarvam SriKrishnarpanam Asthu.