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Re: The issue at Srirangam

elayavalli_at_hotmail.com
Date: Mon Mar 19 2001 - 12:49:48 PST

Dear bhaktas

I think it is time we all refrain from pointing finger at either the 
govt or the sthapathy for the turn of events at Srirangam. Instead 
we should consider this as a wakeup call for all of us.

It is true that the crisis has been averted. In fact, some the 
archakas at the temple have made subtle requests for some sort of 
education on the history of Srirangam. Please be aware that many 
archakas these days are part time and may not have the time and 
resource to know all aspects of the tradition. There may be some who 
know the history of Srivaishnavam and some who do not. Those who know 
the history have taken it upon themselves to educate the rest on the 
rich tradition. Jeeyars of almost all mathams (both kalais), Sri 
Velukkudi Krishnan, Sri M. A. Venkatakrishnan are among many who have 
taken up this task by organizing lectures at various Divya Desams, by 
organizing the Yati Sammelanam and help prop up the lives of archakas 
who have dedicated their lives to temple service and service to Lord 
Narayana. 

It has been determined that any issues that arise in future would be 
resolved by the Yati Sammelanam (in cluding any and all issues 
involving Vishnu temple related matters), and same has been proposed 
to the Govt of Tamil Nadu.

For those who are outside India, the best option is to financially 
support all such above mentioned initiatives and more important is to 
motivate all relatives back in India to get involved.

Adiyen

Venkatesh Elayavalli
http://www.srivaishnava.org


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