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From: Anand K Karalapakkam (anand_at_eng2.uconn.edu)
Date: Sun Oct 19 1997 - 14:33:54 PDT

                                   Sri :
            
             Srimate Sri Lakshmi - Nrusimha Divya PAdukA Sevaka - 
         Srivan  Sadagopa  Sri NArAyana Yateendra MahAdesikAya Namaha      
             
                  Srimate NigamAntha MahAdesikAya Namaha 
                  Srimate  Bhagavad   RAmAnujAya  Namaha      
                 
                    Sriyai Namaha ; SridharAya  Namaha


    Dear  bhAgavathAs of the bhakthi /prapatti group ,
  
      Namo NArAyanA . 
       Kindly accept adiyens pranAmams .

       Adiyen is basically from Madras. Adiyen is highly fortunate to have
the greatest VidvAn of this Century ,"Abhinava Desika Sri UttamUr
VeeraRAghavAchAryAr" as adiyens maternal grand-gather . Adiyen's father
Sri KG Krishnan is also known to many of the members .

     On the contrary , adiyen persued modern education (kali ! ).

     Adiyen finished B.E.(Hons) Chemical Eng & B.E.(Hons) Computer Science
from B.I.T.S., pilani in 5 years . During adiyens 3rd  year in the college
, blessings of adiyens Grand father slowly made the transformation . 

    Adiyen was inspired to leave out Western Music at first . Then Coffee
, tea . Then follows a long list : TV ,Cinema ,Sports, Outside foods
etc.

    Adiyen started reading  about the  supremely glorious AzhvArs and 
their unparalleled soul - stirring devotional outpourings. Then , adiyen
was directed by my Grand father from paramapadA, to know about the 
achAryAs and the VisistAdvaitA philosophy . 

     Day by day , devotion increased. 

     I was fortunate to hear the kAlakshebam under Sri U.Ve. PayyambAdi
VenkataVaradAchAriAr ( Brother Of  UttamUr Swami ) for Swami
Desikans "Chillarai Rahasyam ". Unfortunately , enough time wasn't there (
College problem : Only Holidays at Madras ) to learn completely .      
     
     Last 7 months was spent at Madras itself under the pretext of 
Industrial Project . That was really a wonderful time for adiyen .

    The 45th Patta Azhagiya Singar "Sri Lakshmi Nrusimha Divya PAdukA
Sevaka Srivan Sadagopa Sri NArAyana Yateendra MahA Desikan" was highly
merciful to initiate( SamAsrayanam)  adiyen as his sishyA.

   Adiyen thoroughly enjoyed the Centenary Celebrations Of Abhinava
Desikan .

  Adiyen was fortunate to hear the KAlakshebam on "GItA BhAsyam " by Sri
U.Ve. V.S. KarunAkaran SwAmi . Again the time factor . Only the 3rd
chapter ( Karma Yoga )was covered in detail.

   Adiyen was fortunate to learn Swami Desikans magnum - opus " Srimad
Rahasya Traya SAram " from Sri U.Ve. V.N. GopAlaDesikachAryA (Oppilliappan
Sannidhi ) . In 14 days , he just covered the important aspects .

   
    Its really a great transformation for adiyen within a span of 2and 1/2
years  .Its a surity that whomsoever listens to the kalyAna gunAs of the
Supremely Merciful Sriman NArAyanA from our AchAryAs , with sincerity ,his
life will be changed .Adiyen is one such living example.

   Adiyen learnt the recitation of many PAsurams from Divya Prabandham in
the traditional Deva GAnA . Regular classes both in  morning and evening
are being held by the blessings of AzhvArs.Its  one of the kainkaryams
done by adiyens father.   

  Adiyen  repented for wasting the time with the so called  Engineering .
Adiyens quest for the real Knowledge  increased . But adiyen feels that
this Engineering Degree can be utilized in a wonderful way , as  a service
to the Divya Dampati . Plans  are there . Hope that Bhagavad Sankalpam
approves them .


     Adiyen knew about the Bhakthi group, a year back, from  Sri
V.Sadagopan . He was kind enough to send  2 postings that time .

     Sri Anbil RAmaswAmy was kind enough to grace "Sri Ranga Padmam " (
adiyens house at Madras). Adiyen thus learnt lots more about the group
.Sri  JagannAth BharadwAj  was also kind enough to grace "Sri Ranga Padmam
" . Again adiyen was inspired more .

                                 
     By the blessings of Swami Desikan , adiyen was made to write a
commentry on " VairAgya Panchakam". Unfortunately , adiyen didn't bring a
copy of it to US. Sri U.Ve.V.S. KarunAkaran Swami  did the katAkshA on
that work and was happy about the same . Adiyen's father  will be sending
it to US  after the katAkshA  of some more vidvAns .

       Adiyens knowledge in philosophy is not much ( Sri BhAsya etc ).       
  
     Adiyen is at present a new graduate student at Univ Of Connecticut,
Storrs ( M.S. Chem Eng) . 

     Adiyen is again fortunate to be one amongst the members of the
Bhakthi Group . By the blessings of the BhAgavathAs , adiyen  hopes to
relish the  Bhagavad Vishaya .        
   Please do bless adiyen for getting more knowledge and devotion unto the
lotus feet of the Divya Dampati , and thereby indulge only in Bhagavad
and BhAgavadha kainkaryA.

     Namo NArAyanA

   adiyen

   anantha padmanAbha dAsan       

                               sarvam  sri krishnArpanamastu 

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