The learned men
seeing the folded fingers said:"Alavandar had three ambitions. One was to explain the
Brahma sutras of Vyasa.The other was to explain the Vishnu Sahasranama in the Mahabharata
and the third was to explain the hymns of the Altars." All of these were
intended for the benefit of the common man.
then took a vow then and there that he would have all these three ambitions fulfilled. At
once the folded fingers became straight.
To keep his vow, he first studied the Sastras under another
teacher called Periyanambi.
Ramanuja was broad-minded. He did not like the custom
whereby some people were looked on as high-born and others as lowborn. Once his wife
treated his Guru’s wife rudely. Enraged at this, Ramanuja sent her to her
father’s house. And while she was away, he decided to become a Sanyasi.