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From: Raymond Crawford (dasa_at_msn.com)
Date: Tue Jan 09 1996 - 17:01:58 PST
To all members: Thank you very much for the response to my enquiry. The most gratifying part was when the discussion branched out into other very satisfying directions. The discussion reminded me that in Sri Krishna Mutt in Udupi there is a very nice shrine to Subrahmanya, but I was completely unaware of any connection between Subrahmanya and Murugan. >From my original enquiry I not only learnt something about Murugan, but other things as well. From Murugan, the discussion passed on naturally to Sriman Narayana. To my mind, my simple enquiry brought to the members thoughts, ideas and questions that have enlightened us all and at the same time made us think about our beliefs and a lot of things we take for granted without understanding them fully. But then I was saddened to see that my simple enquiry had distressed several members of the group who had become distressed that I had raised the question in the first place. Regards --- Ramadas PS: My wife read those messages and then wanted to know why she had not been consulted. She then went into the kitchen and prepared Panchamritham, the favourite food of Murugan. We do not, of course, have access to plantain fruits as originally used so used bananas instead. This just goes to show that when advice is needed, the wife and the mother should be consulted first! PPS: It is a very tasty sweet preparation, but being as I am, I think it tastes much better when used as a topping on icecream.