[Advaita-l] 'VinAyaka' in ShAnkara GItA BhAShyam
v.subrahmanian at gmail.com
Fri Jul 1 21:09:48 CDT 2011
On Fri, Jul 1, 2011 at 6:03 PM, Satish Arigela <satisharigela at yahoo.com>wrote:
> >The term 'vinAyaka' therefore should refer to some spirit/ugra devatA.
> What is the basis for making this jump or assumption?
It is neither a jump nor an assumption. It is purely based on the other
reference within the Bh.Gita:
*यजन्ते सात्त्विका देवान्* यक्ष-रक्षांसि राजसाः ।
प्रेतान् भूतगणांश्चान्ये यजन्ते तामसा जनाः ॥17.4॥
For the portion प्रेतान् भूतगणांश्चान्ये Shankara has commented:
One can easily see the consistency of Lord Krishna and Shankara in the usage
of the words in the verse and in the commentary. In 9.25 Shankara has
commented: विनायक*मातृगण*चतुर्भगिन्यादीनि यान्ति भूतेज्या भूतानां पूजकाः |
So, Shankara is undoubtedly referring to certain ugra devatA-s. Clearly
17.4 is talking about people of tAmasa orientation and the type of devatA-s
they choose to propitiate. Nowhere is the prasiddha VinAyaka, ambAsuta, is
shown / popular as a tAmasa devatA. And we have seen the name of a ugra
devatA 'vinAyakA' in the smRti.
Thus it turns out that there is absolutely no basis for your view: 'Shankara
was hostile to (the worship of) popular deities like vinAyaka'.
I have no intention to engage in commenting on the various other
observations you have made.
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