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Date: Fri Feb 02 1996 - 18:32:28 PST
Efforts are underway in India to raise a corpus fund of about Rs. 2 crores and present it to Srimadazhagiya Singar during HH's 71st thirunakshathram about 10 months from now. We have undertaken to raise as much as we can from the U.S. For this and other charitable religious purposes, a non profit religious corporation called Sri Ahobila Muth has been registered in the State of Maryland with tax-exempt status. All contributions made to Sri Ahobila Muth are now 100% tax-deductible. Here are some suggestions about how you can help. (1) If it is in your means, make a life-time subscription to NP with a contribution of $500. Sri Ahobila Muth would like to have about 2000 subscribers from overseas who will be able make a one time subscription of $500 for life. The subscription may be routed through the U.S.A. Sri Ahobila Muth for tax deductibility. (2) Canvas and procure new subscribers for the magazine. (3) Make 100% tax-free financial contributions through the U.S.A. Sri Ahobila Muth. Here are some suggestions. Select one based on your financial situation. a) a one time contribution of $1,008, b) monthly contribution of $30, c) a one-time contribution of $108, d) any amount that you are presently able to. (4) This is probably the most important - put us in contact with people in your area who are likely to help. They do not have to be Srivaishnavas or anything. We shall talk to them about the benefits of contributing to Narayana's dear most servants and their projects. If you wish to remain anonymous, your confidentiality will be preserved. (5) Purchase books published by Sri Visishtadvaita Research Centre. A partial list will be posted separately. Make your checks out to Sri Ahobila Muth and mail it to 5539 Columbia Pike #808 Arlington, VA 22204. The names of all the contributors will be submitted to Srimad Azhagiya Singar for HH's blessings. In this context it is relevant to consider the information that Sri SVS Raghavan of the Visishtadvaita Research Centre, 66, Rangachari Road, Alwarpet, Madras, India which is run primarily by Sri Ahobila Muth sishyas, has provided when he responded to our request for permission to use Sri Nrusimha Priya material for the 108 CD project. Sri. SVSR is of the view that there must be one focal point for our kainkaryams and Sri Ahobila Muth with its long history, large following, and most importantly, non-sectarian service, is most eminently that focal point. In support of this, Sri. SVSR presented many details, some of which are paraphrased below. (1) Under the leadership of the present Jeer, Sri Ahobila Muth has made significant contributions to several temples not under its control. Notable among these are: a) continuing monthly financial commitment for Azhwar Thirunagari temple, which is a Tengalai institution. b) diamond pendant for Sri Emperumaanaar at Sri Perumputhoor, and c) efforts to replace the jewelry stolen from Madhurandhagam and Kumbakonam temples, and many more. Of the many temples that are in direct control of the mutt, the ones that belong to the list of 108 DD are, Sri Ahobilam, Thiru Adhanoor, Thiru Pullamboothangudi, and Thiru Evvul. (2) The Mutt itself is a roving Dhivya Desam. The reigning deity of the Muth, Sri Malolan, is the Utsava moorthi of one of the nine shrines of Sri Ahobilam. Thirumangai Azhvaar did mangalaasaasanam for this perumaaL. (3) The Muth's school in Madurantakam trains priests and vedic scholars belonging to a variety of religious persuasions, Vadakalai, Thenkalai, and even Smartha. Many of the families of these priests-in-training are so poor that they do not want the children back home even for holidays. (4) Study of 4,000 dhivya prabhandam is an integral part of the curriculum at the Madhuranthagam school. (5) Support for ariyar community, including financial support, is provided by the mutt. (6) Vedic scholars, irrespective of affiliations, are supported by the Muth. (7) The present Jeer has reached out to the heads of other mutts, both Vadakalai and Thenkalai. He has openly committed Himself for the expansion of Sri Vaishnava community and the strengthening of Sri Vaishnavam without rivalry among sampradaya. (8) Sri Ahobila Muth is in the forefront of bringing all Srivaishnavas together and is publishing books in English to meet changing language proficiency of the population. (9) The monthly magazine, Sri Nrusimha Priya, published by the mutt, caters to all Sri Vaishnavas irrespective of affiliation. Several English articles are included in every issue. The magazine is now completely redesigned with lots of colour pictures of 108 Divya Desam deities and articles about the life of Sri Vaishnava acharyas of all sampradaya. (10) To expand the scope of readership an English Edition of Sri NP is being planned. (11) The Muth in India will help in the formation of a fully functional Muth facility in the USA with the help of dedicated local residents. At this point I would like to draw your attention to a discussion we had in this forum on the role of SVTK. It was pointed out at that time that we must support Sri Vaishnava organizations in India. Therefore, I would like to submit to this group that Sri Ahobila Muth, due to its wide following and its support for Sri Vaishnavism of all sambradaya, can be the focal point such support. In this spirit I once again request your support. Thank you. Jaganath.