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Date: Fri Aug 27 1999 - 19:12:31 PDT

Dear friend
I am deeply moved by your crying your heart out on your Vislesham from your 
dear Thiruvenkatamudaiyan. I am reminded of similar sentiments expressed by 
the Alwars. Let me tell you that you are not alone. Every one of us who by 
force of circumstances find ourselves here feel similarly but perhaps not as 
poignantly as you do. 

As Swami Desika puts it-" VaruvadellAm NanmaikkE". The Lord must be having 
His own plans in sending you over here. May be we can benefit by your 
Anubhavams through Bhakti list, Saranagathi journal etc. Again as Swami 
Desika puts it, the best place for a mumukshu is where BhAgavatas live. But, 
if one is forced to live in a place away from such, the very fact of the 
Bhakta residing there will make the place sacred. May be, you are destined to 
make this place holy by being here.

But, being here for your studies, you have to concentrate on your studies 
now. Once your assignment here is over, the Lord will recall you to His 
Sannidhi at Tirumalai for continuing your kainkaryams there.

Take heart. Be patient. The Lord will show the way.
Anbil Ramaswamy