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From: K. Srinivasan (srini_at_ireq.ca)
Date: Tue May 27 1997 - 08:11:04 PDT
Mohan says: >Present day views of SriVaishnavism can be very misleading, one is born as >an Iyengar therefore he/she must be a SriVaishnava. But, we must recognize >that SriVaishnavism, like VeeraSaivism, Saktism, and Sikhism, is a religion, >not a caste. So, obviously there is room for people to convert into this >faith, or not follow this faith, if they choose to do so. That is the impression I have. But we do not see it being practiced to any extent today. Like Arya Samaj, which re-converts Hindus. Even in Tamil Nadu, Arya Samaj seems to be active in re-converting hindu converted moslems returning from middle east. But no Dravida Samaj (based on Dravida veda) for example. I think that is because prominant jeeyars and srivaishnava swamigaL are not publicly proclaiming the acceptance of conversion/re-conversion. They may accept it in principle, if you talk to them. SriVaishnavas have become a Brahmin subsect, for all practical purposes in south India. >In fact, one of the largest temples to Lord Ranganatha in ancient times >was not in India, it was in Cambodia. Angkor Vat built by King Suryavarman II, a khmer king in 9-11 century A.D. is the largest temple in the world. Sri Rangam is the second largest. There is no doubt that he visited Sri Rangam (pre-historic). I could not see any reference whether he met Sri Ramanuja / Alavandar / naadhamuni. He must have met. Some Cambodian manuscripts might have the details. thaazhmaiyudan, K.Srinivasan of Quebec.