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From: bzzzz_23 (bzzzz_23_at_yahoo.com)
Date: Sat Dec 22 2001 - 02:44:40 PST

Hi ! this is Sandeep from bangalore. eventhough i am a sri 
vaishnavite, i know very little of sri vaishnavism. would love to 
know more about it. reading all the messages, queries is educative. 
but i find most of the queries asked going above my head. anyway - 
that's how we all learn. i wud like to know more about the origin of 
sri vaishnavism. all this while i used to think it is Ramanujacharya 
who was the founder - but i heard that he only propogated it in a big 
way - it was there even before him -it seems it was the result of the 
12 alwars. is this right ? and also - only 2 of these alwars were 
brahmins - the rest were non-brahmins ( i'm not making any bias ! )- 
but their devotion to god was so much that they attained salvation.
if anyone could throw more light on this i'd be very glad. who were 
these alwars and how did they become alwars ? 



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