[Advaita-l] Re: paJNchAyatana pUja

Abhishek RK rkabhi at gmail.com
Thu Sep 7 13:19:57 CDT 2006

Namaste Bhaskarji,

The goal of upAsana is to become one with the upAsya. Thus we must
exercise caution before setting out on upAsana *on our own*. In any
case, I find it strange that you have not mentioned Adisha~Nkara
bhagavatpAda or one's guru in your list. In the case of the
historically documented personalities you have mentioned, we may be
sure that some of them are not advaitins.

Regarding indra, varuNa and other vedic devas, historically they have
been worshipped via yaj~nas (which are taking place presently also)
and not by ArAdhana. But it is notable that yaj~na is also a form of


On 9/7/06, bhaskar.yr at in.abb.com <bhaskar.yr at in.abb.com> wrote:
> praNAms Sri Abhishek prabhuji
> Hare Krishna
>...it may be shiva, vishNu, dEvi,
> RaghavEndra, SaibAba, bhagavan ramaNa, Hanumaan, gaNesha or any other
> human/celestial being  with specific name & form....Choice of IshtadEvata
> is in my opinion is quite subjective & we cannot restrict it to some
> specific & stipulated names & forms..if we put boundaries to these names &
> forms, sometime it may lead us to bigotry......for that matter, nowadays,
> nowhere I have seen one is worshipping yama, Indra, varuNa as his
> IshtadEvata .....though they are the *yEkam sat* but with different names
> :-))  In most of the cases IshtadEvata-s have been chosen either from
> purANa-s or one's subjective attachment to some noble personality..I dont
> think there would be any problem in keeping some specific name &  form as
> their IshtadEvata when they know the  ultimate truth behind these names &
> forms.
> Just few of my throughts
> Hari Hari Hari Bol!!!
> bhaskar

tasmAttvamuttiShTha yasho labhasva
jitvA shatrUn bhu~NkShva rAjyaM samR^iddham|
mayyaivaite nihatAH pUrvameva
nimittamAtraM bhava savyasAchin||11.33||
-bhagavAn shrIkR^iShNa, bhagavadgIta

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