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
Be mature about it when you give something up. The immature spiritual person will want everyone else to give it up, too. The spiritually mature person quietly surrenders it because it is simply his personal choice and then goes on with his life.
—Gurudeva