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From: a c (ac_at_ampsc.com)
Date: Wed Aug 04 1999 - 14:17:24 PDT

Dear friends,

I have two questions.   Is worship of only Visnu mandatory or could someone
worship Siva and attain the same level of bhakti?  I ask because I was told
Vaishnavites only allow worship of Visnu. I personally like Siva for
unknown reasons and just assume Siva = God = Visnu but maybe that's just
too simplistic to be true?

Second question: please recommend best English translations of and
commentaries on the Bhagavad Gita.  

thank you.