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The Adwaita way of seeing mantra and tantra was established
by the Adi Shankara at Jyotirmath when he composed the
scriptures of 'Sri Vidya'.
That is not what you posted previously in the "Pilgrimage to
Apparently, the Adi Shankara composed almost all of his
writings at Jyotirmath: Commentaries on Vedanta Sutras,
major Upanishads and the Anandalahari. From what I've
read, Shankara gained enlightenment at Jyotirpeetha in
the year 810 A.D.
Sri Vidya - Auspicious Wisdom:http://www.rwilliams.us/archives/srividya.htm
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Who is the deity of Sri Badrinaryan?
The Buddha - Shankara was a Buddhist, obviously, so he
worshiped the Bodhi Tree called Badri.
The image is of black stone and it represents Vishnu
seated in meditative pose. According to Kathleen Cox,
a recent vistor to the shrine, "The Badrinath shrine is a
famous vastu-designed temple that has been renovated
through the centuries. Certain beliefs consider this
image to be that of the Buddha, given the seated posture
and the placement of the arms. The meditative pose of
the black stone representation of Vishnu certainly
recalls the Buddha, which is not a coincidence.
Subject: At Badrinath in the Himalayas
Date: 2 Mar 2006http://tinyurl.com/5j973n
.."Shankaracharya Swaroopanand Saraswati: I was also his disciple,
Brahmanand Saraswati's. He was my Guru. He would not accept any
offerings from his disciples.
Disciple should be such that he gives to his Guru everything. Then
nothing belongs to the disciple, everything is Guru's. Guru should be
such that he does not take anything from the disciple. He thinks only
good of his disciple.
Q: My Lord, Shankaracharya Brahmananda Saraswati Ji Maharaj, who is
our pujyapaad (whose feet are worthy of our respect), who is
brahmaleen (absorbed in Brahma, the omnipresent form of God) who is
presiding over the Jyotirpith, who is the teacher of the entire
universe - that he used to instruct mantras to his disciples. I would
like to know which mantras were those?
Shankaracharya: The Lord, Shankaracharya Brahmananda Saraswati Ji
Maharaj strictly adhered to the varna (caste) and ashram (four stages
of life) systems. He believed in one's varna by birth. Whosoever came
to him to become a disciple, he used to ask him which form of God he
was in love with. Whichever form the new disciple had an interest in,
that form he would explain to the new disciple. [Guru Dev] used to
explain, either you should depend on your own inclination or else, he,
after understanding your previous life and which form of God you
worshipped then, would instruct the initiate accordingly.
Without having an ishtadevata (a personal form of God), no one could
have a mantra from him. The very meaning of mantra is ishtadevata.
Therefore, along with every mantra, thinking or reflecting over the
form of the ishtadevata is essential. Therefore, in all the modes of
worship, one reflects over one's ishtadevata before chanting or
meditating with one's mantra.
Q: The religion that Guru Dev preached was connected with five forms
of God-Devatas-such as Pancha Devupasana and so what relation has it
with Vedic Sanatan Dharma (worship of God) as well as in regard to the
varna (caste system) and ashram (four stages of life) systems?
Shankaracharya: The Lord, Adi Shankara was a great exponent of Vedic
Sanatana Dharma. God, he taught, is grouped into six forms. He
preached six types - five based on forms of God like Shiva, Shakti,
Vishnu, etc. and one, Nirakar, without form. However, the worship of
God without form being extremely difficult was reserved for
renunciates. That is what Adi Shankaracharya had instructed.
Bhagavan Shree Shankara revived Vedic Sanatan Dharma. He said God has
six forms. So accordingly, Maharaj Ji gave upadesha (initiation) to
meditate upon those forms for the sake of our worship.
Q: Brahmananda Saraswati did not charge any fees when he used to
Shankaracharya: This is a principle. A quotation from Goswami
"The guru who charges or takes money from his disciples in return for
initiation, steals disciple's property and goes to damnable hell."
For that reason Gurudeva used to give upadesha (initiation) without
any fees. He used to say "If I accept any gift from the disciple (or
fees), then his sins are transmitted to me."
Bhagvatpaad Adi Shankaracharya, Incarnation of Lord Shiva, established
four Peethams (Monastaries and Institutions) at four cardinal
directions of India.
The Peethams at East, West, South and North are named as
Sri Govardhan Peetham, Puri (Orissa) Presently headed by
H.H.Nischalananda Saraswati Swamiji,
Sri Sharada Peetham, Dwaraka (Gujarat) Presently headed by
H.H.Swaroopananda Saraswati Swamiji,
Shri Sharada Peetham, Sringeri (Karnataka) Presently headed by
H.H.Bharati Teertha Swamiji and
Shri Jyotish Peetham (Uttaranchal) Presently headed by
H.H.Swaroopananda Saraswati Swamiji.