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Date: Tue Apr 30 1996 - 20:01:29 PDT
I believe Sundar has totally misunderstood what Sampath meant by book learning. Books, email etc have their place in the realm of learning. The idea of learning at the feet of a Guru gets its significance not only because of the learning of a Guru, but most importantly because of the fact that the shishya SERVES THE GURU during his tenure as a student, and it is this service that brings realization. In today's context books and email may partially replace a Guru in terms of the learning that the Guru can impart but the SERVICE part cannot be done through email or reading books. It has to be done by serving Vaishnavas that Sriman Narayana will put us in touch with if we are desirous of such service. This includes elders in our family, the local Vaishnava priest or any other individual ome may come across. Also one must either have had Samasrayam and prapatti (or just Samasrayam in the case of Tenkalais) or be resolved to get the same done from a Guru at the earliest opportunity. In such an eventuality the book learning will work almost as well as learning from a Guru. In short it is Bhagavata seva alone that will give us Jnanam. In the past the source was one. Now it is different. Jaganath.