Jaldhar H. Vyas jaldhar at BRAINCELLS.COM
Fri Sep 6 00:20:48 CDT 2002

On Thu, 5 Sep 2002, Jagannath Chatterjee wrote:

> I often visit the Lord Jagannath temple at Puri. It is
> only 70 km's from Bhubaneswar. The temple rituals are
> numerous and many of them owe their origin to Sri
> Shankaracharya. Next time I visit Puri I will also
> visit the Gobardhan Mutt and try to get the facts.

Ah this is different.  Shankaracharya as a defender of Vedic life was
quite ready to recommend rituals--for those who were qualified for
rituals.  But for those who are qualified for jnana--sannyasis like
himself, rituals have no effect so they need not be done but that doesn't
make them invalid.  Just like right now it is Shravana and we worship
Shiva Bhagavan.  In a few days it will be Ganesh Chaturthi and we will
take up the worship of Ganesh Bhagawan.  It doesn't mean we don't believe
in Shiva Bhagawan anymore only that the circumstance has changed.

Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at>
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