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From: Dan Pattangi (danp_at_uic.edu)
Date: Mon Apr 06 1998 - 09:59:45 PDT
Dear members: My name is Mukundan and I work as a Network Administrator. I've been following the postings on the list. I come here seeking guidance in my philosophical views and thought. Even though I was brought up in a sriVaishnav family as per the traditions and culture, I have a quite a few questions that arise from living in the physical / material world. I would like to start reading up on sriVaishnav philosophy to better understand the logic behind '"why we do what we do" e.g 1. Receiting slokas ( that were written by someone else.), 2. The sense of security felt in going to the temple and putting our burden/problems on the lord, even the fact that there are even times we ask the lord for material/personal or even philosophical guidance. (If the lord is who we have been told, our lord knows what's right for us, and thus by asking the lord, we offend the fact that he would know.) 3. SaraNAgathi concept: I do understand the logic of having faith, but putting all our problems in God's hands and expecting it all to turn out ok ???? It does serve the purpose of having a sense of security if we have total faith that our Lord will take care of everything, we just perform the duty. ........ Any guidance towards appropriate books is much appreciated. Unfortunately I am not versed in Tamil or Sanskrit, so books in english or interpretations to original works in english will be preferred. My sincere apologies if any of my questions offend or hurt anyone. Best regards.