Spiritual Import of Religious Festivals :Ch-4. Part - 3.

Chapter-4.Swami Sri  Adi  Sankaracharya - The Genius ( Sankara Jayanti ) :


It was a spontaneity of feeling which was, in a sense, a natural result of the intuition of the sages.

Throughout the Samhitas, if we make a deep study of them, we will see spread out in various places, thoughts and devotional feelings in their various emphases and stresses, all beckoning the aspiration of the human soul to what is implied and what is hidden behind the manifested phenomena.

Now here, in this psychological situation of mankind, we have a twofold significance from the point of view of cultural history.

On the one hand, it was a visible expression of an inner realisation by which the sages plumbed the depths of infinity and proclaimed for all eternity and to all mankind :

"Ekam sat viprah bahudha vadanti, Indram Varunam Mitram Agni...."

All the variety, whether in the field of the Adhidaiva (the transcendent, the presiding principle) or the Adhibhuta (the objective, the world) or the Adhyatma (the subjective, the individual), is a glorious facet or expression of the Supreme Being who is designated in the very commencement of the Rig Veda as Ekam Sat – the One Being, without associating the Being with any cult, creed and religious faith.

Swami Krishnananda

To be continued  ...

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