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thathva thrayam - achith - What is matter?

An article contributed by Sarathy Thothathri

srimathE rAmAnujAya nama:
srimadh varavaramunayE nama:
sri vAnAchala mahAmunayE nama:

For every mumukshu (one who is desiring mOksham), knowledge about chith (soul), achith (matter) and Ishwara (god) is of paramount importance. srI krishNa bhagavAn gave this knowledge to every one through his bhagavath gIthA. Our AzhwArs and AchAryas have explained this in great detail. But there is nothing like thathva thrayam where the three entities are explained in a crystal clear fashion by piLLai lOkAchAryar. With excellent vyAkyAnam of maNavALa mAmunigaL, this grantham brings out the most in-depth knowledge of our sanAthana dharmam. Through this new series of articles adiyen is attempting to present that knowledge in very simple terms.

Please read the second part -  What is matter? - about achith thathvam at
adiyen have also prepared a presentation which takes us through the concept of matter in a step by step manner. The link can be seen in the top of the article and also at

Yesterday (March 9th - mAsi krishNa paksha dhvAdhasi) was the divine thiruvadhyayanam day (vaikuntOthsvam) of maNavALa mAmunigaL. Full details of how this is celebrated by periya perumAL himself in srIrangam glorifying his AchAryan is explained in It also happens to be monthly thirunakshathram day of piLLai lOkAchAryar - sravaNam. Its a great way to recollect their works on this day.

adiyen sarathy ramanuja dasan

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