Rahasyatraya

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Rahasyatraya literally means ‘the three secrets or mysteries’.

Aspects of Viśiṣṭādvaita

The Viśiṣṭādvaita Vedānta propagated chiefly by Rāmānuja[1] accepts two basic truths:

  1. Tattvatraya - in its theoretical aspect
  2. Rahasyatraya - in its practical aspect

Content or Rahasyatraya

The rahasyatraya comprises of three mantras:

  1. The aṣṭākṣarī - eight-lettered mantra of Lord Nārāyaṇa
  2. The dvaya - a pair of mantras pertaining to Nārāyaṇa and surrendering at his feet
  3. The caramaśloka[2] - mantras giving the response of the Lord to the surrendered devotee

These mantras are to be received ceremonially from a competent teacher.


References

  1. He lived in A. D. 1017-1137.
  2. Gītā 18.66
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore