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Date: Wed Oct 23 1996 - 14:49:17 PDT
Mrs Satyen has correctly pointed how the system of swayamacharya works. I had just a couple of comments. (1) The question was posed by Krish Praba. (2) 72 people whom Ramanujacharya gave Samashrayam to after he invited everybody from a temple rooftop, were instructed to preach and give samAshrayam, bharanyasam to others. Descendents of these 72 people form todays swayamacharya families. They range in practice from people who are in everyway as strict as Muth Acharyas and their immediate associates, to the other extreme. Jaganath.