[Advaita-l] Surya is the Atma of All and Best Approximation for Brahman

Jaldhar H. Vyas jaldhar at braincells.com
Sat Feb 18 17:24:24 CST 2012

On Thu, 16 Feb 2012, Venkatesh Murthy wrote:

> We cannot find a simple and clear statement like this for other gods.

Sure we can.

> We can see Surya everyday. Why should we listen to complicated
> theories?

Because the complicated theories are true and the simple view is false! 
The Surya that we see every day is _not_ the Surya that is the atma of 

Ishopanishad 15:

hiraNmayena pAtreNa satyasyApihitaM mukham |
tatvaM pUShannapAvR^iNu satyadharmAya daShTaye ||

"With a golden plate is covered the entrance to the truth. That, Pushan[1] 
remove so that I whose dharma is truth may see it."

[1] "The nourisher" A Vedic sun God.

There is nothing wrong with suryopAsanA and many good reasons for it but 
this is not one of them.  I don't see how upasana on the sun is any easier 
than upasana on other mUrtis.

Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>

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