[Advaita-l] Modern science and Vedanta

V Subrahmanian v.subrahmanian at gmail.com
Thu Jun 30 06:29:44 CDT 2011

Who is 'vinAyaka'?

There is a popular composition of Sri Muthuswamy Dikshitar in the rAga
'suraTi' with a commencement as under:

श्रीवेङ्कटगिरीशमालोकये विनायक-तुरगारूढम्...
shrIvenkaTagirIshamAlokaye vinAyaka-turagArUDham...

[I behold the Lord of Venkatagiri who is mounted on a horse...]

What is the meaning of the word 'vinAyaka' here? Does it refer to
someone/something that has no lord (vi-nAyaka)? Does the word go with the
horse or with the Lord Himself?


On Thu, Jun 30, 2011 at 3:48 PM, Bhaskar YR <bhaskar.yr at in.abb.com> wrote:

> Yes, shankara says worshipping vinAyaka & mAtru gaNa (sapta mAtruka-s) is
> 'tAmasik' in nature.  However, elaboration & further explanation of these
> bhAshya vAkya-s by saMpradAyavit-s is that shankara refuting here only
> tAntrika devata-s which have been worshipped by sAdhaka-s in vAma mArga.
> But unfortunately no bhAshya support for this...but there are various
> beautiful hymns on vinAyaka & devi attributed to shankara bhagavatpAda.
> Hari Hari Hari Bol!!!
> bhaskar
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