Author:Hari Ravikumar

Which is the oldest religion in the world? Nobody knows. Ask the foremost historian or the greatest saint but they will not have an answer. We know so little about the earliest humans who inhabited our planet. But we can take an educated guess about the first god. Keep aside for a moment the view that god created the universe and just consider how humans visualize god. Most probably, the first god that humans recognized and worshiped was the sun.

In our tradition, of the lineage of seers, the family that stands out is the Bhrguvamsha (or the Bhargavavamsha). Bhargava was one of the leaders of our country’s rise in material prosperity; he even tried to reach out to other-worldly wealth. Chyavana, one of the founders of Ayurveda; the seer-poet-artiste Shukracharya, who was a master of the Arthashastra and skilled in martial science; the seer Dadhichi who sacrificed his own body for the sake of universal welfare; and other greats were all descendants of the Bhrguvamsha.

The agnishomiya vyuha – the Agni-Soma formation – is the cosmic structure, the eternal arrangement. It is the eternal establishment that binds the consumer and the consumed. This concept has been discussed in the Upanishads and the Yogavasishtha. Krishna speaks about this in the Gita when he identifies himself with the sun, the moon, fire, energy, sap, thought, etc. (BG 15.12-15).

ಶ್ರೀ ಶಂಕರಾಚಾರ್ಯರು ಅದ್ವೈತಸಿದ್ಧಾಂತದ ಪರಮಾಚಾರ್ಯರೆಂಬುದು ಸುವಿದಿತ. ಭಾರತದೇಶದ ನಾಲ್ಕು ದಿಕ್ಕುಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಅವರು ಸ್ಥಾಪಿಸಿದ ಆಮ್ನಾಯಪೀಠಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಶೃಂಗಗಿರಿಯ ಶಾರದಾಪೀಠವೂ ಒಂದು. ಶಂಕರರ ಶಿಷ್ಯೋತ್ತಮರಾದ ಸುರೇಶ್ವರರು ಈ ಪೀಠದ ಪ್ರಥಮಾಚಾರ್ಯರೆಂಬುದು ಅದರ ಹಿರಿಮೆಗಳಲ್ಲೊಂದು. ಹೀಗೆ ಆಚಾರ್ಯ ಶಂಕರರಿಗೂ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕಕ್ಕೂ ಸಾವಿರವರ್ಷಗಳಿಗೂ ಮೇಲ್ಪಟ್ಟ ಗಾಢ ನಂಟಸ್ತಿಕೆ ಇದೆ. ವಿಷಾದದ ಸಂಗತಿಯೆಂದರೆ, ಇಷ್ಟು ಗಾಢವಾದ ಸಂಬಂಧವಿದ್ದರೂ ಕನ್ನಡನಾಡಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಶಂಕರರ ಗ್ರಂಥಗಳು ೨೦ನೆಯ ಶತಮಾನದ ಮಧ್ಯಭಾಗದವರೆಗೂ ಹೊರಬರಲಿಲ್ಲವೆಂಬುದು.

साहित्ये सुकुमारवस्तुनि दृढन्यायग्रहग्रन्थिले
तर्के वा मयि संविधातरि समं लीलायते भारती ।
शय्या वास्तु मृदूत्तरच्छदवती दर्भाङ्कुरैरास्तृता
भूमिर्वा हृदयङ्गमो यदि पतिस्तुल्या रतिर्योषिताम् ॥

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