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From: Mani Varadarajan (mani_at_be.com)
Date: Wed Mar 12 1997 - 18:13:06 PST

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The Bhakti list is dedicated to discussing Visistadvaita Vedanta 
philosophy and Sri Vaishnavism.  Sri Vaishnavism is one of 
India's principal religious traditions, with a long and
colorful philosophical, literary, and social history, dating
back at least 1500 years.  Its philosophy of Visishtadvaita
continues to be one of the dominant schools of Vedanta, 
the orthodox philosophy of Hinduism.

This mailing list was started by five of us in May, 1994. 
As of this writing, there are over 100 members of the group,
all of whom are interested in the philosophy and devotionalism 
of the Azhvaars, the rishis of the Upanishads, Sri Ramanuja, 
and their spiritual successors.

This is an informal discussion group; consider it a large
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