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Re: How to identify a true bhAgavatha?

From: sridhar .S (
Date: Wed Oct 31 2001 - 04:17:06 PST

Sri Ramanujaya Namah:
Sri Nigamahantha Desikaya Namah:
Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Paramatmane parabrahmane namah:

Dear Srikanth,

Please continue to respect the same bhaagavatha,

it so happens, that we out of our intimate attachment
with certain mutts or lineage tend to prove others
that our linegae is the best. wherein a few times we
tend to offend others without our knowledge.

but we all know that all lineages of our sri
sampradayam are great and are respected equally.

also it is the lakshana of a true bhagavatha to
forgive the offences of other bhagavathas. so in u'r
case pls forgive the offender. as u would be aware no 
human in the present age is perfect and all are prone 
to mistakes.

what u could do is meet him , speak with him and try
to explain that all the lineages are equally great.

sri: adiyen

--- "Srikanth H. R." <> wrote:
> Sashtanga namaskarams to all Bhagavatas.
> I have been a silent reader and enjoyer of the
> Bhakti-list
> for quite some time. I have had this question within
> me for
> quite some time. Please advise on this.
> How can we identify a TRUE bhagavata?
> I know a little bit on this...
> A true bhagavatha has no ego, always considers
> himself
> as servants of other bhagavathas and yearns to do
> selfless
> kainkaryam to them etc ....
> But in this modern world, how can we tell a TRUE
> bhagavatha
> from others?
> This question has highlighted itself because of a
> personal
> experience I had a few weeks back.
> I know a very elderly person who is very well versed
> in
> philosophy and SriVaishnavism.He is an expert in
> Vedas
> and Upanishads. He performs Aradhanam to
> SrimanNarayana daily.I
> respected him very much till recently and considered
> him
> a true bhagavatha.
> But a few weeks back, he spoke very lowly about My
> Acharyan
> and My Acharya lineage.
> (I would not like to mention the name of the
> Matham/Ashramam I belong
> to, since this has created problems on the list in
> the past).
> I felt very hurt at that point but did not say
> anything at that
> time. But since that day, I have serious doubts....
> I have not visited him since that episode...
> I request all the learned bhagavatas in the group to
> clarify and clear my doubts.
> If I am not wrong, doing service to an unworthy
> person
> is also not correct.
> My sincere apologies at the feet of all bhagavatas
> if I have written
> anything wrong.
> Swami Desikan Tiruvadigale Saranam,
> daasan,
> Srikanth
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