Srivaishnavam (also known as Ramanuja Darshanam) is a giant tree in terms of the breadth and depth of granthas (holy works expatiating on the philosophy and conduct) granted by Pūrvāchāryas (Āchāryas of yore). While Sri Ramanujacharya granted 9 works in writing, Acharyas that appeared before and after Sri Ramanujacharya also granted many granthas. Along with the granthas, there was a continuing strong oral tradition that taught important and core precepts of Srivaishnavam to actual serious followers of Srivaishnavam. Most of the precepts that were taught as part of the oral tradition were codified into 18 Rahasya (esoteric) granthas by Sri Pillai Lokacharya, so as to make sure the precepts taught as part of the oral tradition did not get corrupted over time in this degraded age of Kali Yuga.
Srivaishnavam is based on Ubhaya Vedanta (Samskrita Veda and Dravida Veda) which are like 2 eyes seeing the same thing. Dravida Veda is in Tamizh. Many granthas granted by Pūrvāchāryas were originally authored in Sanskrit or Tamizh or Maṇipravaḷa (a combination of Tamizh and Sanskrit). Sri Alkondavilli Govindacharya translated many of the critical works into English in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Subsequently, Sri Gwalior S. Satyamurthi Ayyangar Swami translated into English some other critical works in the 1970s. These works are all listed on the vaibhavam page of Sri Alkondavilli Govindacharya. There’s also an effort currently underway to make simple meanings of the granthas available in multiple languages at koyil.org, which was established by Sri Komāndur Elayavilli Sarathy Thothathri Swamin.
For those that are new to Srivaishnavam, the below starter study is suggested:
- MUST HEAR: Sri Ramanujacharya secures Moksha for His followers: Discourse by Sri Velukkudi Krishnan Swamin
- The Home Page of this web-site along with the works listed in the References section on the page, especially Life of Sri Ramanujacharya, including the section on Ramanuja’s Greatness, and Charama upāya nirṇayam (Establishing the ultimate path for salvation).
- The Artha-Pancaka of Sri Pillai Lokacarya (July 1910). Certain corrections by Sri Govindacharya Swamy to Dr. Grierson’s introduction to this article were published in the article titled Tengalai and Vadagalai (July, 1912)
- Bhakti vs Surrender Vs Savior’s Grace
- Simple Guide to Srivaishnavam along with Bhakti vs Surrender Vs Savior’s Grace and the section on Ramanuja’s Greatness previously mentioned.
- The Holy Lives of the Azhvârs (1902)
- The Divine Wisdom of the Dravida Saints (1902)
- Mumukshuppadi (Manual for Seekers of Salvation) English translation by Sri S. Satyamurthi Ayyangar Swami, Gwalior
- Srivachana Bhushana of Sri Pillai Lokacharya and Yathiraja Vimsati of Sri Manavala Mamunigal English translation by Sri S. Satyamurthi Ayyangar Swami, Gwalior (1972)
- Tattva Traya or Aphorisms on The Three Verities, Soul, Matter and God, by Sri Pillai Lokacharya, translated by Śrī Pārthasārathy Aiyangār (1900) supplemented by Tattva Traya, translated by Sri S. Satyamurthi Ayyangar Swami, Gwalior (1970). The latter work by Sri S. Satyamurthi Ayyangar Swami is in easier contemporary English and so it can be used to understand the former work by Śrī Pārthasārathy Aiyangār.
- Vishistadvaita: Discourse by Sri Velukkudi Krishnan Swamin
- Bhagavad Gita