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From: M.A.alwar ph 3444975 malleswaram (alwar_at_blr.vsnl.net.in)
Date: Wed Jun 17 1998 - 09:22:29 PDT
Sri Srimate Ramanujaya Namah Dear Bhagavathas, At the outset I would like to convey my sincere pranams to all fellow Bhagavathas who are members of this group. Though I have been a member of this group for nearly an year now, I haven't probably introduced myself to all the members, though I've been in contact with a few members. I hail from Tirunarayanapuram, (now known as Melkote), the holy place where the Great Ramanujacharya stayed and accomplished many things which were instrumental in establishing this divine Sampradayam of ours. It is one of the four most important divyadesams for all Srivaisnavas, the other three, as they are well-known, being Srirangam, Tirumalai and Kancheepuram. I would also like to give a brief introduction about myself, so that if anyone in this Bhakti-net wants any assistance from me in anything that I am capable of doing, I could be of help. I belong to the lineage of Sri Anandalwan, the direct disciple of Ramanujacharya, who was famous for His Pushpa-Kainkairyam to Lord Venkateshwara of Tirupati, and our family is still living in the traditional style of the Srivaishnavas. Right from when I was a small boy, I was initiated to the study of the Divya Prabandhams and Sanskrit in general, while I also had modern schooling, by my Father who wanted me to have both traditional as well as modern education. Presently, I am working as Assistant Proffessor at Maharaja's Sanskrit College at Mysore, which is an institution having a history of about 150 years. I have also been associated with the development of Multi-Media software, which are aimed at preserving our culture and tradition. About ten titles have been developed so far, the main among them being Sandhya Vandanam, Taittiriya Upanishad, Pancha Suktham etc., and these are going to be marketed shortly throughout the world by the agency which has taken the responsibility of developing them. I have been extremely interested in all the discussions that are going on in this Bhakti-net and I feel I am very much priveleged to have been a member of this group. If anybody needs any help from me regarding anything like information about Melkote, any particular reference in our Sampradaya Granthas, or the like, I will be happy to provide it. Anybody wanting to avail of this help may write to me personally at this e-mail adress and I will try, to the best of my knowledge and capability, to do the best I can. Recently, I have been hearing on this Bhakti-net and also from various Srivaishnavas residing abroad, that there is a dire need in the US of good, knowledgeable and experienced Archakas, who hail from our Divyadesams. Presently, a few people traditionally belonging to Melkote, conforming to the above, are willing to share their knowledge and experience by coming to the US and be of help the Srivaisnava community there. If anyone is interested in having such persons either to look after the Tiruvaradhanam at the temple there or for Sampradaya Kalaksepam, they may kindly write to me personally, so that the matter can be further discussed. Adiyen Madhurakavi dasan, Alwar.