It is important to understand the highest purpose of life. That is the only reason why we take many bodies. We do not learn our lessons and hence we take body after body. The life of elevated devotees is the most elevated book from where one needs to learn lessons. When we do this sincerely, we save ourselves from committing fundamental mistakes, doing which, our bonds from the material world is cut and we get elevated to the spiritual platform.
Surrendering or Prappati is the highest virtue. Sharanagati or Prappati is the cream layer of Bhakti Yoga, the final stage, the summum bonnum. If one is committed to getting liberated from the unnecessary disturbance of material life and tormented by the suffering of daily life, Sharanagati is the only solution. The Life of Sri Ramanujacharya highlights this dimension of Bhakti.
It is important for us to understand the concern of the Supreme Lord for living entities so that we forget our petty attachments of this mortal world and attach ourselves to the very source of infinite love, care and object of attachment, the Supreme Lord. It is necessary to understand the Scriptures relating to the moods of the Lord and refer to the pastimes of Great Acharyas in order to understand the deepest moods of affection that both the Acharya and the Lord, have for fallen living beings like our own selves.
The three Acharyas namely Sri Shankara. Sri Madhwa and Sri Ramanuja form the three pillars of Sanatana Dharma. Without these stalwarts one could have never been able to decode the Scriptures of the Dharma which represents the very breath of the Lord. Unless one understands the philosophy of the Shastra, one can never understand the seriousness of spirituality and one may not even pay attention to one's inner growth.
The Vedas and Puranas are the only authentic source of Divinity , that is eternal and not man-made, that exist today as man's whole and sole guide. Other than these all other so-called sources of knowledge is only a concoction of the limited human mind. Relying on Vedic scriptures through dedicated study of the works of enlightened beings who have elucidated the scriptures is the thorough means to cleansing the intellect.
Vishishta Advaita is an authentic Paramapara Vedic System that delineates the Dharma of the soul and the ways in which one can pursue the final journey towards Moksha. If one is to surrender oneself to the teachings based on Bhakti, attaining the highest form of Moksha is not impossible.
Sri Vaishnavism is an authentic Parampara, a spiritual Vedic order that has perfectly analyzed the causes of human suffering and has offered perfect solution to graduate out of such suffering. The Order of Sri Vaishnavism is relevant event today in the age of gross consumerism.
Understanding the position of the great Acharyas of Sanatana Dharma is a preliminary condition for one to be accepted by the Power of the Dharma. Unless one learns and understands the high philosophy of these great world- teachers one cannot probably be qualified to enter the spiritual realm that Sanatana Dharma represents.
To understand Sanatana Dharma well, it becomes important to understand the pillars of the Dharma which are the various philosophies that drive faith within the Dharma. The ontological viewpoint of the Dharma were well-defined by the Acharyas such as Adi Shankara, Sri Ramanujacharya, Sri Madhvacharya, Sri Vallabhacharya , Sri Nimbarkacharya and Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Without understanding the basic philosophies as established by the Acharyas, the Dharma is least explored.
Without a guru there can be no spiritual progress. This is one of the fundamental precepts of the spiritual framework. More importantly one needs a teacher who may hand-hold us to our destination, What is the subject that is to be learnt?. How is that relevant to our spiritual progress and what is the guarantee of a specific spiritual system that promises us to grant us the keys to an eternal abode. All this one ought to know and assimilate if one is serious with regards to undertaking the spiritual journey.