This Temple is in Santa Barbara with a beautiful view of the bay, I spent many 
years here (on Sundays)  listening to the Swamis from India (especially Swami 
Chetananada and Pravananda a direct disciple of Swami Vivekananda), they 
practice mantras much like the tmorg.

 They practice disciplines recommended by Swami Vivekananda, I was very lucky 
to visit these sights, hear their pujas, and know these personages, when I 
lived in Santa Barbara, California for 3 years.

 The natural architecture and wood beams bring a very relaxed atmosphere to the 


---In, <> wrote:

 Charming old building. M's lineage controls this building while Swarupananda's 
controls the others around it.
 On Sunday, October 27, 2013 4:00 PM, Richard Williams <punditster@...> wrote:
   Jyotirmath, also called Jyotir Math and Joshimath, is a place and a matha in 
Uttaranchal, India in the Himalayas. It is the original uttaramnaya matha or 
northern monastry, one of the four cardinal pithas established by Adi Sankara, 
the others being those at Sringeri, Puri and Dwaraka. Their heads are titled 
"Shankaracharya". According to the tradition initiated by Adi Shankara, this 
matha is in charge of the Atharva Veda.




 As it is close to the pilgrimage town of Badrinath, and the matha has not 
always been active, it is sometimes said incorrectly that the original northern 
matha was established at Badrinath.

 In its most recent history, the Jyotirmath became inactive in the early 19th 
century. The formal occupation of the matha was restarted with the aid of the 
heads of some of the other mathas from about 1940 onward. However, there is an 
unresolved controversy over the succession to the headship of Jyotirmath. The 
best known of the claimants to be the current head or Shankaracharya is 
Svarupananda Sarasvati who is also head of the Dwaraka matha. The other two 
claimants are Vasudevananda Sarasvati and Madhavasrama.




 On Fri, Oct 18, 2013 at 2:10 PM, Richard Williams <punditster@... 
mailto:punditster@...> wrote:
 Maybe it's time to review where our tradition comes from.




 The image of Shri Badri Narayana here is fashioned out of a Saligramam stone. 
Shri Badri Narayana is seated under the badari tree, flanked by Kubera and 
Garuda, Narada, Narayana and Nara. Lord Badri Narayan is armed with Conch and 
Chakra in two arms in a lifted posture and two more arms rested on the lap in 
Yoga Mudra. There is also a shrine to Adi Sankara, and the procedures of daily 
pujas and rituals are supposed to have been prescribed by the Adi.

 Are we agreed so far?

 Description - The principal image is of black stone and it represents Vishnu 
seated in meditative pose.

 According to Kathleen Cox, a recent visitor 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 - the Buddha was the ninth avatar of Vishnu."

 Mythology - According to Lama Govinda, "There can be no doubt about the 
symbolical relationship between the Mahayana-Buddha Amitabha, the Buddha of 
infinite light, and Vishnu, the sun-god." 

 Both of them are supposed to incarnate their love and compassion in the form 
of helpers and teachers of humanity as bodhisattvas and avatars. Both of them 
have the wheel of the law as their attribute. 

 Other common attributes are the tree of enlightenment and the stupa. Thus the 
solar symbolism of the world tree came again into iconography, while the 
hemisphere of the stupa became the element of vertical spiritual development."

 Work cited:


 'The Psycho-cosmic Symbolism of the Buddhist Stupa'
 by Lama Anagarika Govinda
 Dharma Publishing 1976
 Paper. 102 p. Illustrated. Index.
 p. 41-42

 'Vastu Living'
 Creating a Home for the Soul
 by Kathleen Cox
 Marlowe and Company 2000
 247 p. Paper. Illustrated. Glossary. Index.





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