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Date: Mon Jun 26 1995 - 16:11:18 PDT
Re: About Sreekrishna I (Kotikanyadanam Tatachar Sreekrishna or K. Sreekrishna) am a Molecular Biologist employed at Hochest Marion Russell Pharmaceuticals in Cincinnati. I came to know about the Bhakti-Prapatti group from Mr. Krishna Prasad. I am originally from Bangalore, where I completed my Ph.D in Biochemistry and migrtated to US in 1978. I belong to a Kancheepuram Tatachar family. My ancestors migrated to Mysore Samsthanam(Talakad) about 200 years ago. I grew up in an authentic Vadagalai sampradayasta family. I was a spectator (only a spectator) to Bhagavata kalakshepams, Vydika ahnikams, Veda-Prabhanda Parayanams, various Shubha and Punya samskarams, and the whole works. We always had a host of Bhagavathas and Bhagavatha parivarams visiting and studying under my father. They and my dad always said that we belonged to a Periya Vamsham-Shottai Kulam, the lineage of , Thirumalai Nambi, Alavandar, Panchamata Bhanjana Tata Desikar, Sri Ramanujacharya (nephew to our Vamshavriksham) and so on. To me all these things were nothing more than something to be made fun off and I did a lot of that. I, being the eighth and the youngest child, got away with minimal actual participation. Amidst all these kalapams, I did learn from my illustrious father (Sri. K.S. Krishna Tatachar), Bhagavadgita (I mean commiting to memory the entire Gita by the age of 9) and Sandhyavandanam ( age 15; did I say they were lenient on me). I have been a steady student of Gita since then. I do Sandhyavandanam (trikala Sandhya , all at one time in the shower) and Pitre (father) Tarpanam. I am running out of Dharba and the discussions on this topic has been valuable to me. This August , I will be doing Shraddam (my first time in the US). I am interested in the Vedic Samskaras and I have started the long learning process at my own pace from the past 10 years. I have helped people perform various rituals whenever approached and wherever I felt that I knew one letter more than them. I am fairly actively involved in the local community and share my ignorance freely. I coordinate Sri Ramanujacharyas Thirunakshatram and Gita Jayanti programs at our Hindu Society of Greater Cincinnati Temple, which is predominantly subscribed by people of North Indian origin. We have at least one set of Dwadasha Namams in Cincinnati (12 Iyengar families) and most of them attend these two functions. I am more fluent in Kannada than Tamil. I write small articals of general interest to Hindus on numerous subjects for the various Temple news letters. The titles of my published articals, which I fondly call "the Apabramshams and the Asamanjasams" of K. Sreekrishna (Ambi) are as follows: 1. Why do we offer food and other material things to God? 2. Bhagavadgita's view point on food. 3. A surprise test for Yudhistira (a story for children based on Yaksha Prasna episode) 4. Creation (Sristih) according to Hinduism. 5. Youth and Children sing the glory of Vishnu (a note on Vishnu Sahasranamam) 6. The twelve Jyothir Lingas of Shiva 7. A Shivaratri Story (for children, adopted from Kumara Sambhavam of Kalidasa) 8. Rajarshi Kulashekara Alwar 9. Significance of Guru 10. Hindu significance of Christmas and Easter (based on chapter 10 of Gita ) 11. When years have names. 12. Similarities between Lord Hanuman and Swamy Vivekananda. 13. Religions all not same. I am a happy camper in the Bhakti club, and thanks for letting me in . Sincerely, Sreekrishna (PS: Mr. Mani's grand father, is cited as one of the Gurus of my father).