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On the status of demigods

From: Kasturi Varadarajan (kvaradar_at_cs.uiowa.edu)
Date: Fri Sep 08 2000 - 10:10:51 PDT

Dear friends,
     In the madhva tradition also, narayana is considered to be the
supreme being. Indra, Shiva, Ganesha etc. are only considered
jivatmas. Still, they are offered worship. (I am not certain
about the details, but it seems that these gods are 
given greater importance in the madhva tradition than in ours.)
Despite this, there is no confusion about who the supreme lord
is.

     I wonder why we resolve the status of demi-gods differently
from the madhvas. Any philosophical/historical explanations?

-Kasturi


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