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Saturday, February 11, 2012

viswam vishnur vashatkaro...

viswam vishnur vashatkaro... 
guruvayurappan is the whole universe Viswam.. and not the granite idol.. which is only an icon. 
By growing beautiful flowers on earth which is a part of His self he adorns himself.
Opinions can vary..
Sankara once apologized to Lord shiva for having seen the divine manifestation restricted  in a stone idol while He, the Lord  is present in the whole universe, as the ashtamurthi... 
The famous prayer of Kalidasa in Shakuntalam.. 

या सृष्टिः स्रष्टुराद्या वहति विधिहुतं या हविर् या च होत्री
ये द्वे कालं विधत्तः श्रुतिविषयगुणा या स्थिता व्याप्य विश्वं
यामाहुः सर्वबीजप्रकृतिरिति यया प्राणिनः प्राणवन्तः
प्रत्यक्षाभिः तनुभिरवतुवः ताभिरष्ताभिरीशः॥
महाकवेः कालिदासस्य अभिज्ञानशाकुन्तळात्॥।
Yaa shrastuH shritiraadhyaa vahati vidhihutam yaahavir yaa cha hotri, 
ye dwe kaalam vidhattah shrutivishayagunaa yaa stitaa vyapya viswam, 
yaamaahu sarvabhiijaprakrutiriti yaya praaninah praanavanthaH 
pratyakshaabhiH tanubhiravatu vaH taabhirashtaabiriisah... 

who is the first among creations..water, 
who takes oblations properly made  to gods..agni, 
which is the offering in yajna the havis, 
who is the person making oblation.. brahmana, 
who knows the past and future.. time, 
who is the medium of hearing and sustains the life of all beings..air, 
who pervades the whole universe, the teja in the shape of akasha, 
and 
who as the prakriti is the  mother for all  beings..the mother earth... 
Lord Ashtamurthi the 
Shiva who manifests in these eight forms may protect us. 
In purushsooktham they say 
tam yjanam barhishi praukshan... 
yajnena yajanamayajantha devaah.. 
tasmaad yajnaad... 
so we see the manifestation of Shiva the Krishna everywhere.. Nothing special can be achieved by adorning any symbol or worshipping any Icon.. 
I do not say this to hurt or challenge the sagunopasakaas, but it would appear that worship of symbols is only a stage in growth of a sadhaka.. 
when Krishna said Patram Pushpam Phalam toyam yo me bhaktya prayachchati... He only meant that when we see these things, we should praise the creator and remember that He has created them..