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Date: Mon Nov 24 1997 - 10:00:23 PST

Dear Prapatti Group Members:

The status of the alwars (Nitya Sooris or Baddha Jivatmas) were discussed
by our erudite members quite at length.  Personally, I find that in order
to appreciate the beauty of their works,  it is immaterial whether they
were Nitya Sooris or Jeevan Mukthas or Mukthathmas or Baddha Jivatmas or
the Lord Himself.  Again and again I find that the arguments ultimately
resort to 'Bhaghavata Apacharam'.  If I were given a choice to lead a life
where I can think with a free spirit of enquiry and at the same time being
respectful to our traditional institution and on the otherhand leading a
life of fear (constant fear of Bhaghavat/Bhaghavata Apacharam) as a prize
for moksha, I would prefer the former.  Personally, such a goal has no

Vijayaraghavan Srinivasan
Buffalo, NY