Piḷḷai Lokācārya


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(trad. 1264–1369)

The major theologian of the southern (Teṉkalai) school of Viśiṣṭādvaita Śrī Vaiṣṇavism. Eighteen texts, mostly in Maṇipravāḷam, and collected as the Aṣṭādaśarahasya (‘Eighteen Secrets’), are attributed to him, of which the most important is the Śrīvacaṉapūṣaṇam (Śrīvacanabhūṣaṇa), a digest of Teṉkalai teaching. Also of significance is the Mumukṣuppatti (‘The Path for Those Seeking Liberation’), an explication of the rahasya, or the secret mantras, central to Śrī Vaiṣṇava practice. Piḷḷai lived in Śrīraṅgam.

Subjects: Hinduism.

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