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From: N Krishnamachari (nkrish_at_lucent.com)
Date: Mon Jan 27 1997 - 11:07:17 PST
Dear Fellow Bhakti Group Members: I have been a new member for a couple of weeks, and by oversight did not send a self-introduction earlier. So I am sending this short introduction. My name is Krishnamachari. I have lived in Chicago, and later in it suburb Naperville, for the past 25 years. I am originally from Kumbakonam in Tanjore Dt. My close friend Sr M. Srinivasan was kind enough to introduce me to the Bhakti Group. I believe in Lord Krishna's words: "Sarva DharmAn Parityajya MAm Ekam SaraNam Vraja". I have been very fortunate in being able to take part in some small way in the goshti pArAyaNAs in the Sri Balaji Temple in Aurora, Illinois. .P Two activities which I have undertaken, and which I have not completed, are: a) to understand and share with others the inner meaning, including the Sankrit derviations etc., of the DwAdasa NamAs, and subsequently all the SahasraNamas, of the Lord, and b) to understand the LakshaNas of the sacred forms of SAlagramas, including how to distinguish between the workshioppable vs. other forms which are not supposed to be kept at home for ArAdhanA purposes, and how to be blessed with an authenticated Salagrama if one does not obtain one hrough one's own ancestry, etc. I am familiar with the works of Sri ParAsara Bhattar (the Sri Bhagavad GuNa DarpaNam, with its translation in English by the Sri VaishNava PrachAriNi SabhA, Sri Adi SankarA's vyAkkyana on Sri VishNu SahasranAma, etc.), and am continuing with my effort on a) above. Sri M. Srinivasan has kindly led me to texts, thesis etc. on Salagrama, through his library search and other efforts, and I plan to continue my efforts on b). Through our brief involvement in the Bhakti Group, I and my wife have already been fortunate in re-establishing contacts with two of our earlier friends, Sri Krishna Kalale and Smt. Vausdha Narayanan. I am seeking the Lord's guidance in learning through the Bhakti group mailings and through the SatSanga that this has provided to me. om namo nArAyaNAya.