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Copy of: 2nd Worldwide Conference of Srivaishnavas at Pomona

From: V. Sadagopan (
Date: Sun Oct 12 1997 - 08:04:40 PDT

Dear members of the Bhakthi Group :
It is my pleasure to brief you on the 
following new activity on behalf of the 
Sri Vaishnavite Community of India 
and abroad .
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From:   V. Sadagopan, 75041,3037
DATE:   10/11/97 8:19 PM

RE:     Copy of: 2nd Worldwide Conference of Srivaishnavas at Pomona



It gives me great pleasure to announce the news
about the launching of  a new electronic journal 
named " SARANAAGATHI " on this Vijaya Dasami 
day . This day is also doubly sacred , since it is 
the birth day of both the Lord of the Seven Hills and 
Thuppul KulamaNI , Swami DEsikan . 

At the outset , I wish to thank Dr . Narender Reddy  
of the Sri Venkateswara Temple , Pittsburgh , USA 
for suggesting that  a new new journal in the electronic 
format focusing on the ancient and sacred doctrine of 
Saranaagathi would be very dear to the hearts of 
Sri VaishNavAs around the world . Dr. Reddy also asked 
me to serve as the Editor of this proposed new journal .
Inspite of my limited qualifications to discharge the onerous
responsibilities of this function , I have agreed  to serve as 
the focal point for the assembly , editing and release of 
articles on SaraNaagathi as celebrated by our AzhwArs and
AchAryAs . 

In this context , it is my pleasure to welcome a great Sri VaishNavite
scholar , Sri Anbil Ramaswami as the Co-Editor of this electronic 
journal . Many of you know him as the President
of the Swami Desika Darsana Sathsangam ( SDDS ) . 
His scholarship , superb editorial skills and his connections 
to the Sri VaishNavite scholars in India would prove
invaluable  in the work related to the publication of the
SaraNAgathi journal . I look forward to benefitting from
his valued counsel and deep scholarship .

The twelve AzhwArs and great AchAryAs like Nathamuni ,
ALavandhAr , RamAnujA , KurEsA , Parasara Bhattar ,
Thiruvarnagatthu AmudanAr , NadAthUr ammAL ,
PiLLai LokAchArya , VedAntha DEsikan , MaNavALa
Maamuni and the peetAthipathis of AhObila Mutt ,
the two Andavan Aasramams and other SvayamAchArya
purushAs have left us with moving , erudite and vast 
literature on SaraNAgathi doctrine , which is central 
to Sri VaishNavism . We will take care to select 
articles -both invited and contributed -for the coming issues 
of the new electronic journal . Reader particpation through 
comments and suggestions on content is
very important . Please let us know also about questions
that you may need clarification from our AchAryAs . We will
do our best to get the answers from them to reflect 
the sampradhAyic view points . 

Our main goal in initiating this effort is to gain a clearer
understanding of the various aspects of the sacred and central
doctrine of SaraNAgathi to prepare us for performing 
SaraNAgathi at the holy feet of an AchAryA of our choice 
and to practise the way of life recommended for 
the post-Prapatthi period of our life on this earth .

With this introductory note , We place the effort and fruit of 
this kaimkaryam at the lotus feet of Sriman NaarAyaNan
and His divine consort , MahA Lakshmi .


Sri RaamAnuja Daasan ,
Oppiliappan Koil VaradAchAri Sadagopan 
Editor , SaraNAgathi Journal