[Advaita-l] Question on a short suurya namaskaaram
ravi at ambaa.org
Thu Feb 17 12:54:23 CST 2005
S Jayanarayanan wrote:
> My Guruji was of the opinion that the sUrya namaskAra mantra was
> not a prayer to sUrya per se, just as the durgA sUktam.h was
> primarily to agni not to durgA per se.
Yes, most of the verses in durgaa suuktam are addressed directly to
agni. But what tilts the durgAsUktam as suuktam adoring devii is the
verse "tAmagnivarNam" -- please see the meaning at
This is one of the direct sharaNagati verses in veda-s (with the usage
sharaNamaham prapadye). Here it is done to devii. Other one, again to
devii occurs in shriisuuktam which comes in the khila bhaaga (taam
padminiim iim sharaNamaham prapadye ...).
agni being the messenger, is understood and interpreted differently
according to context. And most devata-s are invoked traditionally in
agni during sacrifices etc.
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