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From: Dr. Shantanu Nagarkatti (
Date: Sat Sep 30 2000 - 22:36:50 PDT

I am a new member of your bhakti-list

My body was born in the family of Smartha Kanara Saraswat brahmins on April
22. 1955.

Through childhood I was fed a diet of Advaita Vedanta as we had study groups
speaking on the Bhagavad Gita in my house every week.

An enthusiastic student, I quickly read and absorbed over the years most
commentaries and texts on the Advaita philosophy.

Yet I was not fulfilled.

By the Grace of Narayana in 1986, I was initiated by a saintly person into
Vaishnavism and the Bhakti tradition. I believe in 15 days I experienced
more than I had in the previous 30 years.

Since then, as my personal sadhana, I have been speaking on the Bhagavad
Gita in the Vaishnav tradition.

While I am familiar with the philosophy of the Sri Ramanujacharya and his
followers, I wish to understand his teachings in depth.

My parents named me Shantanu Nagarkatti; my Guru named me SriGovinda Das.

My profession is that of a surgeon; I believe that Narayan does not want me
to restrict my efforts (towards being an instrument of healing) to the body

I seek your grace and blessings.

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           - SrImate rAmAnujAya namaH -
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