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Sri Vaishnava
Date: Wed Feb 11 1998 - 09:15:41 PST

Dear Prapatti Group Members:

Thanks to Chandrasekhar for his comments.  I think my question needs a
little elaboration. What I had in mind was the following:

(1) Virtues or Atma-Gunas:  One can list 1000s.  Be truthful, Be helpful,
Be sincere etc. What should be most prominent in a Sri Vaishnava.  For eg:
Ben Franklin developed a list of 12 virtues that he tried to practice.

(2) Anushtanam:  What is the minimum standard that can be expected (doing
Sandhya Vandanam etc.).  What about women (like drawing a kolam, chanting
the names of the Lord while cooking, lighting the lamp daily).  Learning

(3)Ahara Niyamanam (Minimize Eating out? How far this is practical)

(4)Duties towards Temple and Acharyas (muslims have a rule that they must
set aside certain % of their earnings for religion)

(5)His position regarding Anya Devata worship (This question, however, has
been discussed many times and therefore I would request you to downplay
this one).

In short the way of life that is expected to be lead by a SriVaishnava who
is striving to strike a balance between the secular and spiritual life
(unlike the good old days).

Once we generate these ideas they can perhaps form the basis for developing
a curriculum of some sort for a summer school for training our children
living in the US.  The goal may sound unrealistic but as the old chinese
adage goes "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."