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Sources for the pAncarAtra Series.

From: Narasimhan Krishnamachari (champakam_at_yahoo.com)
Date: Sun Mar 19 2000 - 19:26:36 PST

SrI Krishna Kalale:

As you might have noticed, I have titled the write-up
as a "Review article".  It draws from several sources.
 I have listed some of the major sources below:

1. Vol. 4 of the Agama Series by Kalpataru Research
Academy, edited by Ramachandra Rao.
2. pAdma samhita - with foreward by Sudarsanam SrI
Krishnaswamy Aiyengar.
3. Agama prAmANyam - General Editor A. N. Jani, Edited
by M. Narasimhachary, 1976.
4. 4. SrI pAncarAtra rakshA of SrI vedAnta deSika -
edited by M. Duraiswamy Aiyengar, with an Introduction
by G. Srinivasa Murti
5. Agama PrAmANyam - Translation by J. A. B. van
Buitenen
6. Agamas and South India Vaishnavism - I have only
copy of Chapter X from someone, and do not have the
author's name.  I will find it and share it later.

I had a big question in my mind on whether to even
share the info I gathered with the list or keep it to
myself.  I just felt there may be enough readers in
the list like me who would want to learn about the
Agama-s at least a high level, and so I have tried to
reflect the views expressed by many of the above
writers without trying to add "my own views", even
though inadvertently I might have done it. In general
there has been no reaction from the list so far for
the four parts I have submitted.  I don not know
whether this means that the write-up is not adding
much value, or too complex or something else.   

The request to Sri Krishna Kalale and the others in
the list is to correct me where I am wrong, so that I
can learn in the process.  I also would like advice in
person or in public on whether I should continue the
series, or whether there are enough differences in
views that I may not be reflecting the "accepted
views", and should stop it.  I have started a similar
effort on the vaikhAnasa Agama, for which
unfortunately I don't even have as many sources.  

-dAsan kRshNamAcAryan



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