His Holiness graced the event organised by JET Albany Chapter in support of Statue of Equality . Dignitaries Kathy Sheehan Hon Mayor of Albany City, [...]
“Ramanuja was one of the prominent social reformers of India who stood for equality”
“Ramunaja’s tradition is one of the main arteries through which philosophy flowed down to the masses”
Sri Ramanujacharyaji broke the subtle prejudice of His times. His thinking was much ahead of His era. In more than one sense Santh Ramanujacharya was a millennial sage who foresaw a thousand years before the hidden and un-spelt out aspirations of the downtrodden. He realised the need to include the socially excluded outcasts and the divyangs to not only make the religion, but the society itself, whole and complete.
There was a time in Tirucharipalli, at Sri Rangam the entire temple management was administered by only one particular high caste. Sant Sri Ramanujacharya displayed bravery and showed His poweress by completely changing the entire system of adminstration. He did this 1000 years ago.
“Then came the brilliant Ramanuja. Ramanuja’s heart was greater. He felt for the downtrodden, he sympathised with them. He took up the ceremonies, the accretions that had gathered, made them pure so far as they could be, and instituted new ceremonies, new methods of worship, for the people who absolutely required them. At the same time he opened the door to the highest; spiritual worship from the Brahmin to the Pariah. That was Ramanuja’s work. That work rolled on, invaded the North, was taken up by some great leaders there. You may mark one characteristic since the time of Ramanuja — the opening of the door of spirituality to everyone.”
..and we now need the brilliant Ramanuja, the ambassador of equality, the epitome of wisdom, an ocean of compassion, the most exemplary human as a teaching, as a message, as an inspiration for now and for the generations to come so that the world becomes a better place”
“If India rediscovered its vedic spiritual self, it was not a little because of Sri Ramanuja”
“Probably the most influential thinker of devotional Hinduism”