K Kathirasan NCS
kkathir at ncs.com.sg
Thu Jun 29 00:42:32 CDT 2006
I get the idea that such a practice of worshipping the Guru is something
modern and perhaps something that could not have been prevalent during
the times of the Upanishads.
As rightly explained by your blessed self, there also seems to be a lot
of Agama Tantra influence in the current Vedanta tradition which seems
to be absent in the Prasthana Traya bhashya of Shankara.
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Sri K.Kathiresan wroteonJune28:--
The last statement by Sastrigal has prompted me to ask the following
question: Today we have a few rituals such as Guru Pada puja, Guru Puja
etc... Are these mode of rituals enjoined in the Shruti? Or how about
The rituals for worship of various deities are laid down in works on
and other works based on them, like Sri Sankara's prapanchasara. There
ancient work known as Tantrasamuccaya which is followed in most of the
temples in Kerala. For guru pada puja, in the Sringeri Mutt they have a
of silver sandals and puja is done to them. The archana is with Lalita
sahasranamam, Lalita Trisati, Sankaracharya ashtottaram, etc. In guru
or Vyasa puja which falls on July 11 this year, puja is done to Vyasa
Sri Sankara. In any puja there is a mixture of Veda and tantra.
done chanting Srirudram, etc from the Vedas. The mudras shown in pujas
temples and also in Devi puja done in houses are all from tantric works.
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