[Advaita-l] 'VinAyaka' in ShAnkara GItA BhAShyam

Bhaskar YR bhaskar.yr at in.abb.com
Tue Jul 5 03:49:21 CDT 2011

>The same deity can be worshipped in sAttvika, rAjasika, and tAmasika
>modes. What is to be avoided are the rAjasika and tAmasika modes of 

Yes. I did not say anything different on this one.

praNAms Sri Satish prabhuji
Hare Krishna

OK, shall we reconcile this problem  with a grand imagination from my 
side:-)) At the time of shankara's geeta bhAshya, people were worshipping 
vinAyaka (like veera gaNapati, ucchishta gaNapati etc.) & saptamAtruka-s 
in ugra rUpa &  in a tAmasik way, though these deities have soumya rUpa 
then.  Hence he particularly mentioned these names in his bhAshya...But 
over a period of time people started worshipping these deities in a soumya 
rUpa and in a more sAtvik way & stopped ( or decreased) the pUja in a 
tAmasik way,  Accordingly, these deities have become more popular in their 
soumya rUpa & receiving pUja nowadays in a more sAtvik way.  But this 
assumption would straight away puts all works on gaNesha, bhavAni, durga 
(including most popular work soudaryalahari) in a doubt whether these 
works are from the pen of bhAshyakAra. 

Hari Hari Hari Bol!!!

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