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Pre-Ramanuja status
Date: Wed Jun 07 2000 - 15:42:38 PDT

Dear bhaktas:

Earlier I'd mentioned that most Mandya Srivaishnavas were originally
Jains under King Bittideva of HoyasaLa.  Regardless of the truth of
this statement, no "corollary" was intended.  We know that Ramanujar
himself was born into a VaDamAL family that followed Yajur Veda.  Some
of the Azhwars were also Saivites or Jains, prior to their entering the
Vaishnavite fold.  It all goes to show, that one's beginnings do not
necessarily determine one's entire lifespan and legacy.  Some of the
Mandya Srivaishnavas today are known to be the most faithful followers
of Ramanuja sampradayam.  

-Srinath Chakravarty

Old school buds here:

           - SrImate rAmAnujAya namaH -
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