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From: Raghavans (vatsan_at_flash.net)
Date: Sun Oct 26 1997 - 03:30:24 PST

  Dear Bhakti  Group Members ,

     Namo NArAyanA. Kindly accept adiyens pranAmams .

	I have become  a new member to Bhakti list.  I would like to introduce myself.


My name is Raghavan.  I hail from a Sri Vaishnavite KshEtram called
TirukkaNNamangai.	My family consists of my wife, Saroja and  two sons
(30 and 20 years respectively).  Our elder son got married recently.

I used to attend temple Utsavams in Tirukkannamangai, Ariyakkudi
(Then Tirupati), Sivaganga, Tirunangur and in Madras (Sri Kodanda
Ramaswamy Koil, West Mambalam).  I have  received instructions in
Desika StotrAs, Pancha SUkthams, NAlayiar Divaya Prabhandam etc.,
from my maternal grandfather.

I am a chemist by profession and employed in a pharmaceutical com-
pany headquartered in the Chicago Area in Illinois.

Between 1988 and 1991, I was activelyinvolved as the religious committee
 chairman of Sri Balaji Temple in
Aurora, IL.  We have introduced Prabhanda PArAyanam in almost all
events similar to in many Sri Vaishanavite KshEtrAs including Tirupati.

I am an active and participating devotee, but I do not hold any
official position in the temple at present. I am  inviting  Sri
Vaishanavas to participate in the following program since
it will be a joy and an exteremlely pleasant experience to every
Sri Vaishana. This is regarding Sri VEnkatEsa Abhishekam event in the temple
every First Sunday.  It is a pleasure to witness and participate.  The 
function is well attended, usually between 350 and 500 people par-
ticipate and be blessed by Lord Venkateswara.  The program starts
at 10 AM with KshEEra GhatOtsvam to the chanting of Sirsuktham,
followed by PunyAhavachanam, AbhishEkam to the chanting of
Purusha SUkhtam, TaitrEya Upanishad by more than 10 Sri Vaishnavites
and others. This is then followed by NEErAttam, and Utsavakkattiyam
written specifically for Balaji temple at Aurora IL.  The AbhishEkam
is completed to the chanting of VishnusUktham and the temple doors
are closed for AlankAram during which an able group of women lead
the BhajanGhosti.  After the AlankAram the door is open with Aarati,
followed by Mantrapushpam, Archana, Sattumurai commencing with RAmAnjua
DayApAtram and SarvadEsa DasAkAlE.  The event concludes at
about 1:30 pm to the chanting of  Sri Desika mangalam and
benediction (VrishsailAdhipatha Eva Daivatam Naha)  by the priests.

Raghavan.





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>     001 - Anand K Karalapakkam <ana - Tamerind : sAthvikam ?
>     002 - "V. Sadagopan" <75041.303 - Tamerind : sAthvikam ?
>     003 - "v.madhavakkaNNan" <vxmad - ammA-I did not eat butter!
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> From: Anand K Karalapakkam <anand@eng2.uconn.edu>
> Subject: Tamerind : sAthvikam ?
> Date: Mon, 20 Oct 1997 13:56:07 -0400 (EDT)
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>                                    Sri :
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>              Srimate Sri Lakshmi - Nrusimha Divya PAdukA Sevaka -
>          Srivan  Sadagopa  Sri NArAyana Yateendra MahAdesikAya Namaha 
>
>                   Srimate NigamAntha MahAdesikAya Namaha
>                   Srimate  Bhagavad   RAmAnujAya  Namaha
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>                     Sriyai Namaha ; SridharAya  Namaha
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>      Dear Bhakti  Group Members ,
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>      Namo NArAyanA. Kindly accept adiyens pranAmams .
>
>       Adiyen  needs a clarification about Tamerind (puLi).Is it sAthvikam
> / rAjasam ?  Has Swami Desikan mentioned anything about it in 'AhAra
> Niyamam" ?
>
>      Can someone kindly answer this .
>
>    namo nArAyanA
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>    adiyen  anantha padmanAbha dAsan
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>                          sarvam sri krishnArpanamastu
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> --------------- MESSAGE bhakti.v002.n346.2 ---------------
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> From: "V. Sadagopan" <75041.3037@compuserve.com>
> Subject: Tamerind : sAthvikam ?
> Date: Mon, 20 Oct 1997 18:00:21 -0400
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> Dear Sri Anand :
> I have looked up the entire AhAra Niyamam
> of Swami Desikan for you . The only reference
> to PuLI is the section , where our AchArya states
> that food that is excessively sour ( Kodum
> PuLippu ) is to be avoided along with those ,
> which are excessively sharp ( hot ) .
> The statement is to avoid " mikka kaaramum ,
> puLippum ullavai" .
> Tamarind is not expressly spelled out
> in the context of the enormous spelling out
> of other foods to be avoided .
>
> In moderation . Tamaringd is good for digestion ,
> taste and has oxalic acid . My gandfather's brother
> got a hole in his alimentary canal however from
> excessive use of Tamarind in his preparations .
>
> Lemon and lime are good substitutes for PuLi ,
> but PuLI need not be avoided as long as it is used
> in moderation .
> V.Sadagopan
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>                                    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 Bhakti  Group Members ,
>
>      Namo NArAyanA. Kindly accept adiyens pranAmams .
>
>       Adiyen  needs a clarification about Tamerind (puLi).Is it sAthvikam
> / rAjasam ?  Has Swami Desikan mentioned anything about it in 'AhAra
> Niyamam" ?
>
>      Can someone kindly answer this .
>
>    namo nArAyanA
>
>    adiyen  anantha padmanAbha dAsan
>
>
>
>                          sarvam sri krishnArpanamastu
>
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> --------------- MESSAGE bhakti.v002.n346.3 ---------------
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> From: "v.madhavakkaNNan" <vxmadhav@bechtel.com>
> Subject: ammA-I did not eat butter!
> Date: Mon, 20 Oct 1997 19:31:05 -0700 (PDT)
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> Dearest srivaishNavALs,
> As promised earlier in "kaNNan" post, Let me share with you my great joy
> accompanied by full of tears in my eyes whenever I listen to this sUrdAs
> bhajan sung by Sri Anoop Jalota. sUrdAs has really excelled in his
> imagination and in his devotion to kanhaiah (kaNNan). The bhajan is called
> "mE nahin mAkkan kAyO" means "I never ate butter" Over to the rich scene of
> yasodhA who has virtually seen the young lallA (kutti kaNNan) of about 6
> years of age stealing and eating the butter; The Lord has been caught
> red-handed; Now, how to get away from the consequences of scolding, tieing
> to the ural again or beating, or.. cannot imagine- oh God(?), what shall I
> do now- thinks kanhaiah.
> With an innocent face our chinna chellam (small pet) replies to yasOdhA's
> question "Why did you steal and eat butter?" as "Oh, maiyA mOri, mE nahin
> mAkkan kAyO". Oh, my ammA- I did not eat butter". He further adds:" How can
> I eat butter? Where is the time, ammA. early in the morning I take the
> cattle out and after the dusk, I come back tired; at this age, I do these
> hard tasks; I am a cow herd boy; How do I find time to do all these?"
> ammA is silent and is still looking at kanhaiah ferociously; Our Lord
> supplements His argument "Look at me and my hands; Look at my legs; How
> small I am and How little are my arms and How short my legs are and what
> makes you think with my stature I can take the butter (which you have kept
> so high) and points His sweet lotus like finger up; (again looking at His
> ammA more innocently).
> ammA asks Him"Is it? Then, what is this white thing on your mouth dear?" a
> definite proof and the Lord is stuck again. "ammA" He replies, "you know,
> These calves drink the milk from their mother cows and half way they just

> come near me and lick me lovingly; may be, it is from their mouths you are
> seeing whiteness on my lips" (Wow, kaNNanA, kokkA! terrific mazhuppal).
> Now He thinks He can please ammA by praising Her calling" my dearest
> mother, my priya jananee, my sweet ammA, my chella ammA and kisses her
> cheeks (probably to wipe His butter thing on her sari);
> He sees the mother is still angry but not to that severity; So He wants to
> gain an upper hand; He says " ammA, It is not this butter which has made
> you ask this to me; You seem to have been disliking me nowadays; It appears
> you have been waiting for some excuse to pounce on me; In addition to
> sending me (at this tender age) with a stick and kambali(woollen rug) to
> take the cattle out throughout the day, now you are coming out with false
> allegations; Enough, No more cattle- No more morning work; take back. I am
> sorry.." Our Lord pretends to be angry and looks somewhere else; with tears
> welling in His eyes due to this self pity;
> Seeing the young beauty, the black emerald, kutty kaNNan crying - no one
> can bear; How our yasOdhA can bear; She hugs Him and wipes His tears from
> His eyes; smiles at Him and says "kaNNA, I always love you. How can anyone
> dislike you. Don't ever say that and insult me, kaNNA. kaNNA, I know " and
> says to kanhaiah "tE nahin mAkkan kAyO" means you did NOT eat butter. She
> saw Him eating; He really ate. Both of them know that kaNNan ate; Now Both
> of them concurred that He did NOT eat;
> Now kaNNan thinks.."ammA agreed to what I said. She has believed. But now
> she is not angry and in fact, she is crying still after seeing (crocdile)
> tears in my eyes. Now let us not cheat my sweet ammA. after all she is so
> kind and loving towards me. " and says finally (Look at sUrdAs' play of
> words; You will appreciate more if you know Hindi) " ammA..menEYI mAkkan
> kAYO! means "I only ATE butter!".
>
> my fellow vaishNavA brothers, I only wish we see such a naughty kutti
> krishNan literally and feed Him with navaneetham more and more so that He
> has no need to steal!(may be He will still steal from the fridge, in our
> case)
>
> kondal vaNNan kOvalanAi veNNaiyunda vAyan en uLLam kavarndhAnai andarkOn
> aNiarangan en amudhanai kkanda kaNgaL......(when are we going to see that
> amudhan lierally ?-How long can we only imagine and visualize kaNNA!)
>
> sarvam krishNarpaNamasthu.
>
> Ram Ram
> adiyEn madhava dAsan
>
>
>
>
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