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Date: Tue Sep 01 1998 - 03:39:33 PDT
Srinivasa ParabrahmaNE nama: RAmanujaya nama: Sriman Nigamantha Vedantha Maha DEsikaya nama: Dear Mani: Thank you for your correction and pointing out the first part of Satvika Tyagam. At the same time how do you interpret the words swasmei and swaprityei? One can derive pleasure in serving God. AdiyEn Narasimhan (Nedathur Narasimhachari) Dear Bhaktas: I have been follwing the discussion on the Number One Spot for Divya Desam and the votes for it. I have in my last 2 trips to India made pilgrimage to Divya Kshetrams in Srirangam, Kumbhakonam and around Tirunelveli. I went to the temple from the top of which RAmAnuja declared the Ashtakshara Mantra. Each place evoked the rich history and the grandeur of the place. We all have our own Ishta Devathas and Sriman NArAyanA is the presiding Deity in each of these PuNya Kshetrams. I am very much impressed with Sri Sadagopan's description of his Anubhava and spiritual experience in Guruvayur, Srirangam and Thirumala. I have had a similar experience in Thirumala when I stood almost in a trance before the Lord, the temple servants did not push me off and allowed me to stay undisturbed for 5 minutes. I was a volunteer priest in our local temple in Richmond VA and occasionaly I substtute for the regular priest now. When I do the Abhishekam and Shodasa Upachara Puja for Lord Venkateswara I can feel his Vatsalya. I see the glow in His eyes. The bhaktas are able to appreciate my sincere devotion and concentration during the Puja. I am sure most of you might have heard of this story of Nedathur Ammal, uncle of Swami Desikan. He got the title or name Ammal because of Matru vatsalya he showed in his service of the Lord. Bhaktas may please correct me if this story I have heard is wrong. AdiyEn Narasimhan.