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"INTRODUCTION"

From: Lakshmi N Srinivasa (lsriniva_at_uceng.uc.EDU)
Date: Sat Dec 30 1995 - 09:35:17 PST

Hello everybody in this net,
I am new to this group. I am a master's student at University of Cincinnati.
I am interested in knowing more about the vaishnava sampradaya,the path 
of knowledge and bhakthi to attain mukthi. A few words about what I know 
and what I intend to learn in the future.

I have studied that advaitic commentaries on 16 upanishads by some 
swamiji's of Ramakrishna mutt,many books of Swami Vivekananda. I have 
also studied some works of Parmacharya (Sri Chandrasekharenda Saraswati 
of Kanchi mutt). Even though I am a "Vaishnava" by caste I feel that I 
know more about Advaita. I feel ashamed that I know nothing about 
Vishistadvaita and Dwaita which concentrates on bhakthi to lord narayana.

I heard from a gentleman that the main aim of a vaishnavite is to go to 
all the 108Divya desams. Without any thinking, I thought that this should 
be my aim irrespective of whether one can attain mukthi or not because of 
this. Hence, I started going to these divya desams and now I have 
completed around 39 divya desams. Many of the shrines in the South India 
like thirunangur (11 divya desams in and around it) are in a poor state. 
My main aim is to improve the situation regarding temples, (like daily 
poojas,upliftment of the bhattar family etc) other than attaining the 
knowledge that will lead to Satchitananda.

That is all about my background. I thank Sri.Mani Varadarajan for 
including me in this net.

WISH YOU ALL A HAPPY NEW YEAR.

Azhwargal thiruvadiye charanam
Lakshmi Narasimhan Srinivasa

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Om Sahana Vavatu,Sahanau Bhunakthu, Saha Veeryam Karavavahai 
Tejasvi Naavadeethamasthu, Maa VidVishavahai
      Om shanthi Shanthi Shanthi!
-------Invocation Prayer in Sukla Yajur Veda-------

Lakshmi N. Srinivasa,lsriniva@uceng.uc.edu,sprinil@ucunix.san.uc.edu
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