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May 18, 2001 ( Seventh Anniversary of the Founding of the Bhakthi List

From: Sadagopan (
Date: Sat May 19 2001 - 06:06:12 PDT

Dear BhakthAs:

On May 18, 1994 Sri Mani Varadarajan Created 
the Bhakthi List . There were five members at 
the time of creation of this List:

Sri Mani Varadarajan , California
Sri Parthasarathy Dileepan of Tennessee/Vaduvoor
Sri Krishna Kalalae of New York/Karnataka
Sri Sudarshan Iyengar of Texas
Srimathi Vaidehi Venkatakrishnan of 

>From that day , the membership has grown to
925 as of today , and is growing.

In the first year , there were 96 postings .
They grew to 886 in the second year ,2531 in 
the year 2000 and 1152 sofar this year. The average 
postings per month is around 300 these days.

What a spectacular growth!
More than physical growth ,
the most impressive aspect is the way 
in which Bhakthi List is serving the information 
needs of BhakthAs around the world thirsting 
for information about the Lives and works of 
AzhwArs, AchAryAs and the ancient tenets of 
Sri VaishNava sampradhAyam.

>From the spark of Bhakthi List , a great dheepam
of a global Sri VaishNavite Sathsangam has been lit 
and is shining splendidly with memberships in almost 
all of the six continents .

>From that small nucleus of a group of FIVE in 1994 , 
this list has now grown to 925 today(185 fold increase).
Deep and abiding Friendships have been made and sathsangams 
have been established at many parts of the World .

Members of the Bhakthi List have gone on to create
other e-lists to address specific needs , Some of them

Malolan List : Sri ParthasArathy Dilepan

Vishanava Home pages: Sri Mani VaradarAjan

Vaishnava Universe : Sri VenkatEsh Elayavalli

Parakala Mutt Home Pages: Sri Rajeev Karamchedu

Sri Ramanuja Mission: Sri Nadadur Madhavan and 
other sishyAs of Srirangam Srimath Andavan Aasramam

Acharya Groups: Poundarikapuram Andavan Asramam/
Sriman Muralidahr Rangaswamy 

SaranAgathi Group: Srimans V.Sadagopan, S.Rengarajan
and Anbil Ramaswamy

Thiruvengadam: Sriman M.K.Sudarshan of Kuwait

Sri Vaishnava World: Sriman R.K. Venkat 

Srivilliputthur Home pages: Sri Venkat Iyengar of 

Swamy Desikan, Acharya RaamAnuja , Padhuka sahasram,
ThiruvenakdamudayAn , ManavALa Maamuni Home Pages 
--Srimans Madhavakkannan,Achutharaaman , Haresh Balasubramnyan 
and V.Sadagopan

Jet USA : The SishyAs of HH Tridhandi Chinna Jeeyar.

Sri Ranga Sri: Sri Anbil Ramaswamy

International RaamAnujA Society , Sri Mohan Sagar,
Sri V.Sadagopan and Sri M.A.Alwar of Mysore.

NAMA group has been serving its international
chapters well with special attention to youngsters 
and their families. 

SthOthra and Dhivya prabhandham classes online
have been started.

A CD ROM on Acharya Raamanuja (Life and Sri Sookthis )
has been released.Work towards another CD ROM On 
AzhwArs and 108 Dhivya Desams has been completed.
The audio version of the above CD ROM ( 2 Tapes)
is being released this month by Sriman Alwar .

Suport for many Vaishnavite Kaimakryams ( book
publication , Temple support, abhArana Kaimkaryams)
have bene realized.

Tele-UpanyAsams by great Vaishnavite Scholars 
and AchAryAs have become an important recent development.
Thus direct links to the sources of our revered
SampradhAyam has been established. AchAryAs and 
Vishnavite scholars are visiting us and blessing 
our homes.

Next week the Consecration of the Temple for
Sri RanganAthA is going to be celebrated.

It has indeed been a rich spiritual life for
all of us since May 18, 1994 ,since the samll
spark of the Bhakthi List lit to many radiant
dheepams shining on the hills of Sri VaishNavam. 

adiyen joined Bhakthi List in June 1995 
and has benefitted immensely from my
participation.My special thanks to
Sri Krishna Kalale for introducing me
to this group.

adiyEn would like to express my personal thanks to
the Five who had the vision to initiate Bhakthi List
back in May 18, 1994.Special thanks to Sri Mani 
VaradarAjan for skillful and tireless moderation of 
the postings of the Bhakthi List .

>From a modest beginning of 96 postings in the first year , 
the archives of this list houses today 12512 contributed 
articles.The range of subjects relating to Bhakthi 
and Sri VaishNavam covers a tremendously impressive list 
of topics.

It is my recommendation to members , old and new alike , 
to browse these extensive archives since many questions
that have come up recently have alrady been covered by 
one or other members in hteir postings .

On this 8th anniversary of the Bhakthi List , it is my
privelege and pleasure to extend my birth day greetings
for further growth and Sathsangam of this list .

The aasIrvAdham , " DheergAyushmAn Bhava" seems
to be appropriate on this occasion !

Acting Moderator ,
Bhakthi List  


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