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WRITING THE SRl BHASYA
When Kuresa had finished transcribing the book, they continued on their way and reached Sri Rahgam without further incident. Back at the dsrama, Ramanuja called all his disciples together and re¬counted to them what had befallen himself and Kuresa on their journey.Finally he said, "O devotees, by the strength of your devotion and the wonderful power of Kuresa's memory, the Bodhdyanavrtti has been procured. Now I will be able to refute the foolish ideas of per¬sons who consider that a mere intellectual understanding of the Vedic statements, tat tvam asi and aham brahmdsmi can bring one to a state of full perfection. By falsely stating that the individual souls are themselves God, these scholars have misled the mass of people away from the true goal of life, devotion to Lord Visnu."Therefore I shall now commence writing the Sri'bhdsya, which will reveal the true verdict of the Vedas, that only through loving devotion to Lord Narayana can one achieve the perfection of life. Now all of you please pray to the Lord that this may be completed without any impediment. Kuresa, you must act as my secretary, but if you hear some ar¬gument which does not seem proper to you, then you must stop writing and sit quietly. Then I shall reconsider my statements and change them if I find any fault.The next day Yatiraja began to dictate the Sribhdsya, with Kuresa writing down everything he said. Only once did Kuresa stop writing and refuse to inscribe one of his guru's statements. This occured when Ramanuja described that the essen¬tial nature of the soul was nitya and jnata, that is, eternal and full of knowledge. When he saw his dis¬ciple's behavior, Yatiraja was at first annoyed, say¬ing to him, "Why do you not write the commentary yourself.But, when he thought deeply about what he had said, he realized that the statement that the soul is eternal and full of knowledge might indicate that the soul is independent. He considered that the statement of the Bhagavad'gitd: mamaivdrnso jxvahke jiva'bhutah sanatanah clearly reveals that the jiva is always dependent on the Supreme Lord for his existence. Therefore the Lord is eternally the master of all jivas.Yatiraja began to dictate the Srvbhasya.Having reached this conclusion, Yatiraja changed his previous statement to say that the essential nature of the soul is visnii'sesatva and jnatrtva, that is, always completely dependent on Lord Visnu and existing just to engage in His service. On hearing this, Kuresa continued writing, and in a few months the Srubhdsya commentary was complete. This wonderful book so nicely explains the suprem¬acy of Lord Visnu and so expertly refutes the false notions of the mayavadis, that it is still venerated by all Vaisnavas. Ramanuja wrote several other excellent books of Vaisnava philosophy and in this way presented the doctrine of Visistddvaita'vada.