The inclination for Spirituality and desire for Salvation is a result of divine grace, the meritorious acts of one's previous lives which is strengthened with the preaching and guidance of Acharyas, the spiritual masters. There are three important matters, or Secrets, that a Seeker of Salvation should know. the first one is the Astaksarimantra, the second one is the Dvaya Mantra and the third one is the Carama Sloka. These three secrets, or Rahasya traya, as they are called, along with other secrets as mentioned in the tradition are collected by Pillai Lokacharya in a work called Astadasarahasyangala (The Eighteen Secrets). Mumuksuppadi is an explanatory work on Rahasyatraya, for which Suddhasatvam Ramanujacharya has written a commentary by name Rahasyatrayamimamsabhasyam. In this commentary the explanation of Astaksari Mantra only is given. The philosophical concepts of Sri Vaishnava Tradition of Ramajuja are well explained in this Bhasya.
Proper understanding of the Astaksari Mantra is fundamental for knowing the nature of the Self. The Mantra explains the nature, the end and means of Self. For the Supreme Self, i.e., the Lord, who is omniscient, Omnipresent, the individual self is the Sesabhuta. I cannot protect myself, I am the servant to the Supreme Lord, who is none other than Narayana. The word Narayana is explained as follows: Nara means that which is imperishable. Hence Narayana is one who is imperishable. The devotee believes that I am not able to protect myself, and am solely dependant on Narayana for my protection. I being a servant of the Lord is saved by Him. The sentences of the ltihasa, Purana and those of the Divyaprbandha are shown as an authority to substantiate this point.
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