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From: Rajagopalan, Murli, NCSIO (murli_at_att.com)
Date: Wed May 27 1998 - 10:33:07 PDT
Dearest Bhaagawatas, Already several laudatory e-mails have been sent out in connection with the Pittsburgh SammeLan. On my part I could not resist posting this e-mail despite possible bandwidth overloading and redundancy. I would like to take this opportunity to thank SrimAn Sadagopan for his skillful leadership, his noble service of getting people to assemble under one roof to share in bhagawad and bhaagawata anubhavam, and his tireless efforts in organizing the venue, speakers, and a host of other things during the just-concluded sammeLan at Pittsburgh. I would also like to extend my heartfelt regards and thanks for the cooperation of the members of the SV Temple trust without which the event would not have been as successful as it was. All speakers and podium-participants deserve commendation for putting in so much thought and effort into their talks and/or selection of songs, for adjusting the talks to get across the tenets of VisishtAdwaita to a big crowd of interested audience, and for serving the amritham (nectar of bhagawad and bhaagawata anubhavam) in small palatable doses. The speakers (we should realize) are some of the most learned in the field of VisishtAdwaita and SriVaishNavism, and it is our great privilege to have got an snapshot of their thoughts and anubhavam of the Lord, all of which were unique to every speaker. And last but not the least, I really appreciate the presence of such a large bhaagawata audience who committed the most-traveled long week-end in the USA to the experience and service of the Lord. Some of the people (I gathered later) traveled great distances to participate in the event. I can confidently say that none were left out in the experience of Lord Srinivasa. It is no exaggeration when I say that we had only the Lord and his glory to talk about all through the journey back home, an inseparable part of His glory undoubtedly being His servants. Such is the effect of the company of bhaagawatas. I pray to the almighty to grace us with many more such bhaagawata unions -- an indispensable ingredient in the pAyasam of bhagawad anubhavam. || Sarvam Sri KrishnArpaNamastu || Murali, Keshav, and Bharathi Kadambi.