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Caramaṣloka literally means ‘the final or concluding verse’.
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Caramaṣ[[loka]] literally means ‘the final or concluding verse’.
  
Ramanuja’s (A. D. 1017-1137) teachings are twofold:
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[[Ramanuja]]’s (A. D. 1017-1137) teachings are twofold:
# Viṣistadvaita Vedanta - The philosophical aspect of his teaching is known as Viṣistadvaita Vedanta.
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# Viṣistadvaita [[Vedanta]] - The philosophical aspect of his teaching is known as Viṣistadvaita [[Vedanta]].
 
# Śrivaiṣnavism - The practical and the religious aspect is called as Śrivaiṣnavism.
 
# Śrivaiṣnavism - The practical and the religious aspect is called as Śrivaiṣnavism.
  
 
Śrivaiṣnavism lays a great emphasis on two means of attaining mokṣa or liberation. These means are:
 
Śrivaiṣnavism lays a great emphasis on two means of attaining mokṣa or liberation. These means are:
# Bhakti - Devotion to God
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# [[Bhakti]] - Devotion to God
# Prapatti - Self-surrender
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# [[Prapatti]] - Self-surrender
  
Prapatti depends on receiving the rahasyatraya (‘the three secrets’) from a qualified preceptor and practicing the same. These rahasyatrayas are:
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[[Prapatti]] depends on receiving the rahasyatraya (‘the three secrets’) from a qualified preceptor and practicing the same. These rahasyatrayas are:
 
# Astakṣarmantra
 
# Astakṣarmantra
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# Caramaṣloka
 
# Caramaṣloka
  

Latest revision as of 22:51, 15 December 2016

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Caramasloka, CaramaSloka, Caramashloka


Caramaṣloka literally means ‘the final or concluding verse’.

Ramanuja’s (A. D. 1017-1137) teachings are twofold:

  1. Viṣistadvaita Vedanta - The philosophical aspect of his teaching is known as Viṣistadvaita Vedanta.
  2. Śrivaiṣnavism - The practical and the religious aspect is called as Śrivaiṣnavism.

Śrivaiṣnavism lays a great emphasis on two means of attaining mokṣa or liberation. These means are:

  1. Bhakti - Devotion to God
  2. Prapatti - Self-surrender

Prapatti depends on receiving the rahasyatraya (‘the three secrets’) from a qualified preceptor and practicing the same. These rahasyatrayas are:

  1. Astakṣarmantra
  2. Dvayamantra
  3. Caramaṣloka

The Caramaṣloka is the 66th verse in the last chapter of the Bhagavadgita.[1] Though it is not the last in the section, since it contains the ultimate or final (= carama) message of Śrikṛṣna, it has been designated as such.

The verse is:
sarvadharman parityajya mamekarh saranam vraja I aharin tva sarvapapebhyo moksayisyami ma sucah II
This means:
‘Abandoning all dharmas human efforts at moral and spiritual upliftment come to Me as the only Refuge. Grieve not; I will deliver you from all sins’
  1. Bhagavadgita 18.66