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Ashtakshari and Gayatri

From: keshava ramanujan (
Date: Mon Sep 04 2000 - 10:10:52 PDT

Jai Srimannarayana!
Sri Mathe Ramanujaya Namaha!

Dearest Family,
Adiyen has a question relating to two very sacred and powerful mantras. In 
Srimad Bhagavad Gita, Lord Sri Krsna says in 10:35

gayatri chandasam aham

"of all mantras I am Gayatri"

Adiyen wishes to ask why we have gotten away from the teachings from the 
Supreme Guru, Lord Sri Krsna, and adopted the Ashtakshari mantra as our most 
popular mantra? All mantras hold the same power and can lead any soul to 
moksha. It seems to adiyen that as we separate into many groups we distance 
ourselves from the Lord's original teachings. Adiyen understands that in our 
way of life there are many ways to attain realization; many slices to the 
one cake. Please excuse adiyen if these comments seem opinionated. Adiyen's 
guru has expressed to adiyen the great importance to the Gayatri and adiyen 
is just following the instructions of the master and wishes to share with 
his many family members in Bhagavan's kingdom. Peace and blessings be upon 
you all.

In love and respect,
Adiyen Keshava Ramanuja Dasa
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