Advaita and Vaishnavam
miinalochanii at YAHOO.COM
Sun Aug 1 12:17:53 CDT 1999
--- Ravi <miinalochanii at YAHOO.COM> wrote:
> But this aiyar-aiyangar problem is quite deep and many many aiyars
> least my friends) do not realize that they are smArta-s and align
> themselves with vaiShNava-s. I did that once. I used wonder once (in
^^^^^^^^^^^^ This should read as shaiva-s
> the past) why there are so many Narayanans and Srinivasans in my
> why we dont stay loyal to shiva and keep his name. As often,
> is rooted in ignorance. Later as I learned more, I grew out of it.
> God was merciful to give so many good iyengar friends, to heal me of
> inner inconsistencies in this regard.
> One greatest beauty of advaita-vedAnta is whether one worships allaH,
> christ, shiva or viShNu fanatically, we can peacfully go to his
> church, or temple, and worship the One supreme being that name and
> I will stop here, as this one problem I have personally gone through
> still have those vAsana-s left in me. Whatever said in this post only
> reflect my state of ignorance at this point of time.
Ramakrishnan Balasubramanian wrote an article on panchAyatana pUja
sometime back. Please refer to that article.
Regarding your question about smArta-s, they are so called because they
follow smr^iti-s. Even before the advent of shrI shankara, smArta-s
were there, as smR^iti-s are ancient. We can say that shrI shankara was
also a smArta. But he being an amsham Lord shiva, such classification
may not truly apply to him.
On this point, it was those who were smArta-s later embraced
shrIvaishNavam after the advent of rAmunjAcharya. In that sense they
were also smArta-s.
It is said that shruti and smR^iti are two eyes of a person. The word
nayana comes from the root naya which means "to lead". The purpose of
physical eyes is to lead a person while walking, etc. Since shruti and
smriti-s lead every one to mokSha, they are compared to eyes. It is
said that a brahmana who does not know these are blind even if he has
physical eyes (I read this verse in Sai sat charitra). I think this
should extend to every one.
In this world (at all times) only a few follow shruti and smriti
correctly. In that sense most of us are blind. That is why Lord Krishna
say only one in a thousand seeks me and among those one in a thousand
attains me. Here thousand implies a huge number.
Besides this coming back to your point on panchAyatana pUja, in Tamil
Nadu, since most people worship Lord shaNmukha with deep love, some
tamil smArta-s include vEl (shakti Ayudham of Lord skanda) along with
shiva, viShNu, ambaaL, ganesha and Aditya. There is talk on this
subject in the book Dharma which is a translation of talks of kAnchi
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