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Re: Digest bhakti.v002.n049

From: N Krishnamachari (
Date: Wed Jan 15 1997 - 09:04:13 PST

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Two days back. I tried sending the following mail to the Bhakti group, but I believe
the mail did not go through.  So I am sending the mail again.  If it is 
duplicated, please accept my sincere apologies.

With the help of one of our Bhakti group members,
I have been going through literaure to help me better understand the 
lakshanas of Salagramas.  This is motivated by a desire
to be able to identify the
particular incarnation of Sri Maha Vishnu resident in a given Salagrama,
identify which Salagramas are worshippable and which ones are not, etc. 
Perhaps because I do not have enough background, the literature that I
have studied alone has not
helped me in this direction.  All the books and articles I have found so far
describe IN WORDS the lakshanas of the different forms of the Salagrama, but
none of them contain pictorial depictions or phtographs of any of the different
forms they describe.  Thus, for instance, when the text says there will
be four chakras, it is uncelar what a chakra is supposed to look like, how
the four chakras are situated with respect to each other, etc.  Similarly, when
they say a particular Salagrama is "large", it is unclear what the size being
referred to is.

So I am looking for some guidance on any references where either photographs
or pictorial representations of the different Salagramas may be found, or
any contacts to persons who have the expertise and experience in throwing
additional light on this topic.

With Sincere Regards,

Narasimhan Krishnamachari

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