Authors: Sai Venkatesh Balasubramanian
Exploring the basic concept of Sri Vidya, one of the most esoteric traditions of the Vedic religion, quickly reveals its universality. Searching for contemporary evidences of such universality takes us to Venkatesha or Srinivasa, the sole refuge of the present Kali Yuga. We see this universality is clearly exhibited in the Lord manifesting as the deities of varied sects and faiths. Furthermore the oneness seen in the universality is further reinforced in the temple of Thirukodikaval where Lalitha manifests as Venkatesha, establishing the concept of Sri Vidya Srinivasa. The various manifestations of Sri Vidya Srinivasa in various sects aate organised into 16 corresponding to the 16 Tithis or lunar days, as also to the 16 letters of the esoteric Sri Vidya Mantra. Finally the core principles of the Sri Vidya Srinivasa tradition are laid out. The cornerstone is Abhedam or non discrimination characterizing a broad perspective embracing all faiths. Ultimately the essence of this tradition is Sharanagathi or Complete Surrender to the Universal Mother and Her Divine Will.
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