Guru Dev was instructed by Swami Krishnanand Saraswati of Shringeri 
Math, a lineage known for its adherence to the Smarta teachings of 
Adi Shankara. The worship of the five deities (Shiva, Vishnu, Durga, 
Ganesha, Surya) is recurrent in Guru Dev's teachings. This teaching 
is thought to have originally means a way of bringing together the 
variety of worship under one umbrella, thus one could worship any 
member of Shiva's family or close friends (some also even include a 
sixth deity, Kartikeya, Shiva's second son and still be in the same 

Vaj, What do you see in the differences between Smarta & Sri Vidhya 
that make you think that Guru Dev would have had trouble reconciling 
the two systems?

--- In, Vaj <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> On Feb 3, 2006, at 5:20 AM, Premanand Paul Mason wrote:
> > I don't know about the rest of you, but I got a series of shocks 
> > I came to read of Guru Dev's lifestory and teachings. I had 
> > someone whose teachings would be light, optimistic, yogic and 
> > Instead, I read in his teachings one steeped in the Hindu 
> > which many of us would have associated with the Middle Ages rather
> > than a man of enlightenment.
> I see a set of teachings which are framed and intended for  
> dissemination inside the tradition of Shankara and therefore 
> of Shankaracharya tradition. If we accept that SBS was a Sri Vidya  
> adept, the notable thing I notice was the public teaching was 
> of Shank-style teachings and did not contain any Sri Vidya 
> whatsoever. One wonders if this is the reason for the reluctance 
> taking the post in the first place: a post which requires you to 
> from a certain angle, in a certain vein and espouse the view of a  
> school. His rendering of Advaita Vedanta seems very traditional.

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