[Advaita-l] 'VinAyaka' in ShAnkara GItA BhAShyam
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Sat Jul 2 03:57:11 CDT 2011
>For the portion प्रेतान् भूतगणांश्चान्ये Shankara has commented: सप्तमातृकादीन्
Is it not clear then? Do you have a separate list of separate sapta mAtR^ika-s
then other brAhmI etc?
>One can easily see the consistency of Lord Krishna and Shankara in the usage
>of the words in the verse >and in the commentary. In 9.25 Shankara has
>commented: विनायकमातृगणचतुर्भगिन्यादीनि यान्ति >भूतेज्या भूतानां पूजकाः |
>So, Shankara is undoubtedly referring to certain ugra devatA-s.
Undoubtedly? I do not see the word ugra devatAH mentioned anywhere above. Hence
I said this is a jump
Do you actually intend to say a certain devata by name ugra or devata-s who
nature is ugra?
>Clearly 17.4 is talking about people of tAmasa orientation and the type of
>devatA-s they choose to >propitiate. Nowhere is the prasiddha VinAyaka,
>ambAsuta, is shown / popular as a tAmasa devatA. >And we have seen the name of
>a ugra devatA 'vinAyakA' in the smRti.
In the baudhAyanokta vinAyaka kalpaH we have the following mantra-s: There for
bali the following mantra-s are used. vighnAya svAhA, vinAyakAya svAhA,
vIrAya..shUrAya.. ugrAya, bhImAya, hastimukhAya, varadAya svAhA
As we can see the vinAyaka/gaNesha is also called ugra He is clearly hastimukha
like the popular gaNapati.
The vinAyaka referred to in this kalpa is also called as bhUpati, bhuvanapati,
bhUtAnAM pati vinAyaka.
>Thus it turns out that there is absolutely no basis for your view: 'Shankara
>was hostile to (the worship of) >popular deities like vinAyaka'.
I am afraid it is the other way round. Your view it turns out is the one which
has no basis when all the pieces are put together
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