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How to identify a true bhAgavatha?

From: Srikanth H. R. (hrsrikanth_at_hotmail.com)
Date: Mon Oct 29 2001 - 23:51:00 PST

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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