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From: Sridhar Gopal (gsri_at_cs.wisc.edu)
Date: Wed Mar 27 1996 - 08:37:59 PST
Dear Vasudeva bhaktas, I have been receiving the bhakti-digest since last month, thanks to Sri Mani. Thanks to everyone on the list for writing such enlightening articles. Read no further if you get bored with newbie introductions. I did my schooling at Sri Ahobila Matt Higher Secondary School, Mambalam. Then, I used to learn Swami Desikan's slokas and sookthas. But once I left the school, I gave primary importance to academia and least of all importance to religious activities. My rationalization was: since a student's karma is to pursue education to the best efforts possible, any interests in religious learning/activities would result in diversions affecting performance in academia. This led to distancing myself farther from the religion and learning Acharya's vedantaas about the Eternal Being. I remained so until I saw the Vaishnavism home page and understood how one can pursue multiple interests with one aiding the other rather than affecting others. Adiyen, Sridhar.