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[ANN] Sept 17: Sri Rangapriya Swami -- Discourse in English

From: Mani Varadarajan (
Date: Fri Sep 08 2000 - 00:39:57 PDT

                  SrImate rAmAnujAya namaH 
           SrImate rangapriya mahAdeSikAya namaH


              ``Narayana as a Universal Idea of God''

                 Telephone Discourse in English 
                   Sri Sri Rangapriya Swami,
                Ashtanga Yoga Vijnana Mandira

DATE:       Sunday, Sept 17, 2000
            8:30 AM Pacific / 11:30 AM Eastern              


Language: English

Cost: $8 

Sri Vaishnava Seva Samithi (SVSS) is delighted to announce the first
telephone discourse by Sri Sri Rangapriya Swami of Sri Ashtanga Yoga
Vijnana Mandira, Bangalore.  Sri Rangapriya Swami is one the most
respected spiritual teachers of the Vedic tradition in South India. 
He is renowned for his absolute purity of heart and conduct. He is
famous for being incomparably approachable to those who come for 
advice, looking at all with an equally compassionate eye. On top
of all this, Sri Swami is also a well-known Sanskrit scholar who is 
much-sought after as a speaker by both the religious and academic 

Sri Swami has graciously agreed to give a talk on 
Sunday, September 17, at 8:30 AM PDT / 11:30 AM EDT. The talk will
last for about 1 hour, followed by 15 minutes of open Questions
and Answers.

Note: This talk is aimed primarily toward mature teenagers and
young adults who are interested in some religious thinking.  
Sri Rangapriya Swami will therefore be communicating in English.
He is an excellent speaker who is immense proven ability to reach 
out to youth. In his poorvaashrama, Sri Swami was a Sanskrit 
professor for many years in Bangalore, and many (including several
members of this list) have benefitted from his compassion.

The topic for the first discourse is ``Narayana as a Universal
Idea of God''.  The talk will introduce the concept of God as
expressed by the name "Narayana" and how it is an idea of 
universal applicability.

Suggested topics for future discourses include the following:

1) The meaning of "dharma" and its applicability to everyday life,
   whether in India or the West
2) The nature of suffering and how to alleviate it
3) What it means to "love" God, and how it can be
   cultivated and applied to everyday life
4) Compassion as a supreme virtue in God and humanity --
   examples from our mythology
5) The goal of life according to Vedanta

We recommend that parents with children listen together to this
discourse. We plan a Question and Answer session for 15 minutes 
at the end, intended for youth to have any and all questions
answered.  If there are any questions left unanswered due to
lack of time, we intend on collecting them so that Sri Swami 
can address them at the beginning of the subsequent discourse.

To cover the cost of tele-conferencing for the upanyasam, we are 
suggesting a contribution of $8 per family for this discourse. 
This amount will cover our cost of the tele-conference.  Particpants 
will be responsible for the normal long-distance charges to the
tele-conference number based in the U.S. 

Payments and registration can be made on-line with a credit card
(prefered method) at .  
The system is foolproof and secure.  

If you prefer to pay by check, please send an email requesting 
tele-conference details to, and mail your 
check payable to "SMSA, Inc." to the following address:

   c/o Nagu Satyan
   7821 W.Alder Drive
   Littleton, CO 80128-5522

If there are  questions, please contact myself ( 
or Smt. Nagu Satyan at 303-973-4847.

 SrI rangapriya svAmi tiruvaDi,

           - SrImate rAmAnujAya namaH -
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