Saiva Siddhanta question

Vidyasankar Sundaresan vidya at CCO.CALTECH.EDU
Mon Aug 18 16:58:55 CDT 1997

On Mon, 18 Aug 1997, Jaldhar H. Vyas wrote:

> On Thu, 14 Aug 1997, Vidyasankar Sundaresan wrote:
> > The Tamil Saiva Siddhanta seems to have many currents in it. One strong
> > current is that of the pASupata school,
> Is this the same as the Pashupata darshan mentioned by Madhavacharya and
> in the Puranas?  It's founder was one Lakulish or Nakulish who is said to

Yes, the l(n)akUlISa pASupata system is found in many of the Agamas.
Actually, many of the authors of the nyAya school of logic were pASupata
by religion. So, although the pASupatas seem to be generally extinct,
their influence is seen in many Saiva schools. There are many Siva temples
in Tamil Nadu, which are described as kAyArohaNa temples, which have some
connection to pASupata teachers.


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