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Date: Mon Oct 16 1995 - 12:01:37 PDT
Greetings. Thanks to Mani for letting me in to be part of this group and Dr. Rengaswami who told me about the existence of the group. I belong to a traditional vaishnava family (somewhere in marriage invitations I have seen names like Thoopil). My uncle was one of the chief archtiects of the Desika Sabha in Bombay. I am involved in activites of Sri Lakshmi Temple, Ashland, Ma. I am also leading a group on vedic chanting. I have been interested in Vaishnavism and Visishtadvaita from early age and never fully understood from reading. My current belief is that there is a component of experientialism which I think could be obtained either by rituals and/or yoga etc.. I am really happy to see the discussions that are going on and hope to contribute to the discussions.