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From: Gopaul Lakshmanan (
Date: Thu Nov 06 1997 - 15:59:48 PST

Dear Sri Mani Varadarajan:
Thank you very much for including my name in bhakti list.
My wife and I have been reading the articles posted in bhakti website 
for few months and find them very illuminating. We hope to be drenched 
in the "BHAKTI PRAVAHAM" in coming months like the grass in the paddy 
field("..........pullukkum aange posiyumaam"). I am giving the following 
details as an introduction. You may please edit this and post the 
relevant portions as an introduction as you deem fit.

My wife, Geetha and I live in New Jersey.  We had 'Samaasshrayanam' 
ceremony performed at Sri Poundarigapuram Andavan Ashramam by Sri H.H. 
Poundarigapuram Andavan in September of this year. We are very keen in 
practicing Sri Vaishnavism. We were told that only after getting 
'Samaasshrayanam' done, a person becomes a Sri Vaishnava and not by 
birth alone. (Both of us were born in orthodox Sri Vaishnavite families, 
mine being very orthodox). Reading the articles posted in the Bhakti 
Discussion website has been enlightening and we look  forward to 
learning more.
Thanking you once again,
adiYen daasan