[Advaita-l] Shaivism and Vedic Hinduism

Venkatesh Murthy vmurthy36 at gmail.com
Thu Jan 5 11:35:55 CST 2017


How is it possible to say Shaivism is different from Brahminical
religion when Satarudriya is from Vedas only? It is a useless

As a matter of fact in Gujarat and other places Vaishnavas are not
considered Brahmins. Only Shiva worshippers are Brahmins. Well known
fact is Brahmins must worship Siva and Kshatriyas Vishnu. Vaishyas are
Devi Upasakas and Sudras have to worship Ganesha.

In Pooja and other matters Vaidika and Agama methods are combined.
This is the way it is today. Nobody in Brahmin tradition is doing pure
100% Vaidika or 100% Agama worship. Non Brahmins must not do Vaidika
worship but always Agama or Puranokta worship only. Ladies also can do
Puranokta worship with Pauranika Mantras. They should not say Gayatri
Mantras and Vedic Mantras like some ladies are doing. It is wrong.

On Wed, Jan 4, 2017 at 11:09 PM, Santosh Rao via Advaita-l
<advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
> Namaskara,
> Is there a difference between "vaidika dharma" and the Shaiva sects?
> From some reading it seems the prevalent academic opinion is that Shaivism
> and Shiva worship in general was largely separate from the Brahminical
> religion for a large period of history before some coalescing between the
> two occurred. Also, while Vaishnavism seems to be heavily tied into this
> "Brahmanism," Shaivism seems to be less so. Is there a reason for this, or
> is there a discrepancy between tradition and the academic view?
> Also, how does the Smarta tradition view the Shaiva agamas? Are they
> accepted as authoritative at all? Is there a general view of Shaivas
> regarding Vedas and Upanishads, Puranas, etc; or does it vary from sect to
> sect? Are there any Shaiva sects that could correctly be labelled as
> "non-vedic?"
> Thanks,
> Santosh
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