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From: lakshminarayan karishnaswamy (tngepl_at_hotmail.com)
Date: Mon May 08 2000 - 09:57:55 PDT

My Pranamams to all the members of the group.
I had been watching with great admiration the efforts of the bhakti group, 
and take this opportunity to commend the efforts taken by all of you to  
share your understanding of the srivaishanva traditions with others. I am 
indeed happy to be a part of this group.
By way of introduction, I am K.Lakshminarayan, aged 47, coming from an 
orthodox srivaishanava family,resident of Bangalore, and run a business in 
corporate promotionals and giveaways.
I have been (for the past few days) keenly watching the interaction between 
various members of the bhakthi group. While all of you seem to be way ahead 
of me in your understanding of the srivaishanava tradition, I hope you will 
not mind my suggesting the following points. In fact these suggestion have 
been based on: a) My own feelings & b) The gist of various interactions that 
I happened to view.
For instance I saw a student member wanting to build a site on divya 
desams,there is another member wanting to subscribe to a magazine costing 
Rs.3/- only. All these are truly laudable. But instead of frittering away 
energies, is there not a way all these energies can be coonsolidated and 
coordinated?
Can I place the following "consolidated agenda" (in addition to whatever the 
group has been doing)for the service of the srivaishnava community:
1) Develop an authentic,simple, direct and lucid commentary on "Acharya 
Vaibhavam". This must include all acharayas of all 'kalais'including those 
with whom we can interact today.
2) All works of all our acharyas must be consolidated and retold in a 
simple,direct,authentic manner.
3)An exhaustise treatise on all "Srivaishava Sampradayas" (from birth to 
death)must be compiled which must be authentic,direct and simple.This 
compilation should be compulsorily owned by every srivaishanava.
4) A compilation on all Divya Desams (incorporating features like: 
background of the dd, Unique features of the dd,seva details,photographs of 
the utsava murthies, access to the dd and seva timings,hymns of the various 
alwars relating to the dd) could be compiled. The compilation could be made 
a compulsary hand book for every srivaishanava.
5) Transalation of the Prabhandam
6) Upkeep arrangements for some of the not so famous divya desams.
Last but not least,since the srivaishnava community is a part of any society 
it lives in, we must also address the concerns of the society that we live 
in. In this context the relevance of:a) Annadana for all poor, b) 
Facilitating marriage for poor girls, c) Facilitating education for poor 
boys and girls, & d) Medical help for the poor and unfortunate, could also 
be debated.
I would greatly value the bhakti group member's feedback to the few thoughts 
I have placed above.
I also feel that since all these would require a lots of finance, we also 
need to look at some method of "SELF FINANCING ARRANGEMENT" for this noble 
cause.

Adiyen
Lakshminarayan.

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