Adi Sri Shankara creates the Smarta tradition

Adi Sankara, “founder of the six-sect system.” popularized the ancient Smārta five-Deity altar—Gaṇapati, Sūrya, Vishṇu, Śiva and Śakti, and added Kumāra.

Image of Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami
The burdened have no sense of urgency, no expression of joy. They have stopped. They are standing on the path holding their troubles in their hands, unwilling and unable to let go.
—Gurudeva