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 first faculty of the expression of the inner being of your immortal soul is the great power of observation, to learn through observation, as your individual awareness detaches itself from that which it is aware of.
—Gurudeva