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    Is devotion to Surya possible?

    Namaste,

    I would like to ask a question and would be pleased to hear your thoughts about it. Is it possible to be devoted Surya in hinduism? Is it found within the vedic tradition and are there any scriptures, groups and resources about it?

    The reason why I think of being devoted to Surya or the Sun Deity, is because I feel veneration to the powers of the sun; the light, warmth, life-sustaining power. And I see a possibility in it, to be devoted to a more abstract form of divinity. I have difficult in relating to more personal forms of God. I respect hindu dharma very much, so I don't want to do anything offensive or misinterpret the wisdom of it.

    I have studied the theosophy a lot, but I miss in it the devotional practices, which are very dear to me.

    I am thinking that the spiritual practices could persist of recitation of the gayatri-mantra, doing Surya namaskar, purifying the diet to sattvic food only, meditating on the Sun, simple lifestyle and renouncement to have peace and a calm mind and possible other practices.

    What is your thoughts of being devoted to Surya? I would be pleased to hear your thoughts of it, because I am new to santana dharma

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    Re: Is devotion to Surya possible?

    Namaste and Hi Aseeker108,

    Its great that you are spontaneously attracted to suryadeva, it maybe from previous connections in other lives. Suryadeva is central in Santana Dharma/Hinduism, and something very ancient( without start or end), in most the traditions and practices the deity of surya will be seen as part of the whole, or that suryadeva exists within all the other forms and all other forms of the Absolute exist in suryadeva, so all success will come from devotion to suryadeva, that success is yoga union with the Supreme.

    Devotion to surya deva is included in all of the Hindu traditions in one way or another, suryadeva is related to joyti or light and illumination of the Absolute, I wouldn't worry to much about forms and that type of devotion, if there is respect its enough as our understanding grows there is a seamless connection. Myself I respect and like to learn more about Deities, there is no conflict or adversity, but I am not a daily puja person of any high degree, this can be a personal choice, but what is important is devotion.

    I am thinking that the spiritual practices could persist of recitation of the gayatri-mantra, doing Surya namaskar, purifying the diet to sattvic food only, meditating on the Sun, simple lifestyle and renouncement to have peace and a calm mind and possible other practices.

    There doesnt seem to be anything lacking from that approach and in time everything will get more clear and deeper, so just keep with what works and inspires you and let suryadeva do the rest, it sounds like suryadeva is your natural and spontaneously arising istadev, what a blessing. its best to just cultivate what is inspiring you and in time things will come together. There is so much to learn and develop, its a whole life time of devotion and realization.

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    Re: Is devotion to Surya possible?

    Thank you for your helpful reply As I understand you, its important with patience, which makes good sense. There is no need to rush in to things, because as you said "There is so much to learn and develop, its a whole life time of devotion and realization".
    I needed this kind of reminder of patience, perhaps that was what you sensed. Thank you again, and may Surya deva bless you and everyone

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