[Advaita-l] Isavasya Upanisad 9th Mantra
Jaldhar H. Vyas via Advaita-l
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Sat May 24 00:40:10 CDT 2014
On Fri, 23 May 2014, Venkatesh Murthy via Advaita-l wrote:
> If we say Nitya Karma should be done before Devatopasana there will be a
> problem. Firstly Deva Pooja is also Nitya Karma only.
One can propitiate a deity for many reasons; tamasika ones such as
fear of something bad happening, rajasika ones such as for personal gain
such as siddhis or wealth etc. and sattvika ones such as out of a sense
of duty as in nitya karma. But sattvika puja can also be done at any time
out of pure love for ones ishtadevata. That is also different from the
> In Deva Pooja we have
> to do Devata Dhyana, Avaahana Adi Upacharas. Some people say Deva Pooja is
> Devatopasana. Is Deva Pooja same as Devatopasana?
No. mantra japa, nama sankirtana, various yogic practices etc. are also
> Secondly some people like Stree and Sudraas have no Adhikaara to do Nitya
> Karma like Sandhyaa Vandana. If they do only Devata Pooja without Veda
> Mantras they are going to Greater Darkness?
They have no adhikara for _vedokta_ karmas but even many of the Brahmanas
practices are based on smrti and shishtachara. dharmashastras like
shudrakamalakara etc. give instructions for sandhya, puja, etc. for
non-dvijas based on smrti plus from their own ancestors they have
inherited customs which are also dharma. When a shudra performs his
svadharma diligently he gets more punya than a Brahmana who does not
perform his vedokta duties adequately.
Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>
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