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Tomb of Human Incarnation of God Most Sacred

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11/1/2016 5:37:55 PM
Posted: 1 month ago
devotee: Recently, again Shri Shankaracharya (Shri Swaroopananda ji) criticized Shri Shirdi Sai Baba on the following points:

1) People are worshipping the ghost (Baba) since the tomb (Samadhi containing His dead body) is being worshipped. People going to Shirdi temple are going to the burial ground only since tombs are present in burial ground only.

Swami replied:
1) This Shankaracharya belongs to the tradition of Adi Shankara. There is the sacred tomb of Adi Shankara near Himalaya Mountain. People go and worship the tomb of Adi Shankara. Now, will this Shankaracharya say that the worship of the tomb of Adi Shankara is worship of a ghost? If he says so, he should not continue as Shankaracharya anymore. If he does not say this, he is making his own self-contradiction! For any saint, tomb is essential after death as per the tradition of Hindu scriptures.

In future, when this Shankaracharya also leaves his body, will he allow his tomb to be visited by his fans? If he does not allow, he is against the Hindu scripture. If he allows, he should object his fans to visit his tomb to pay respects to him. Does he say that people visiting the tomb of Adi Shankara are also going to burial ground?

Burial ground contains tombs. But, every tomb need not be in burial ground only. All gentlemen are men, but, all men need not be gentlemen! The tomb of the human incarnation of God is the most sacred place of worship and can never be treated as the unholy burial ground.