[Advaita-l] Adi Shankara's works on Surya Bhagawan
svidyasankar at hotmail.com
Fri Mar 13 22:51:28 CDT 2009
Apart from the possible references in prapancasAra, we
must note that Aditya is the devatA in many upanishad
upAsana-s. Numerous references are strewn through the
corresponding bhAshyas, albeit not in a "devotional" sense.
Specifically, in the discussions of krama-mukti, those who
worship saguNa brahman and depart along the devayAna
after death, are said to go to the Aditya-loka, which for
Sankara, is the same as brahmaloka. See the fourth section
of the brahmasUtra bhAshya, for instance.
Furthermore, sUrya is worshipped in the sandhyA worship
that is to be done by every brahmacArin. As Swami
Chandrasekhara Bharati of Sringeri once explained to a
devotee, it is really the highest brahman that is worshipped
here, sUrya being a symbol of brahman. This is true for
worship of vishNu, Siva, devI and other forms of saguNa
> From: babunim at optushome.com.au
> To: advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org
> Date: Sat, 14 Mar 2009 09:23:39 +1100
> Subject: Re: [Advaita-l] Adi Shankara's works on Surya Bhagawan
> Respected Venkat,
> Thank you for pointing me in this direction. I shall investigate and
> should I find some, I shall gladly share in this forum.
> Hari Om
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