Everyone aspires to be happy. One cannot be happy
without gaining knowledge. Knowledge does not come
by itself. One has to seek diligently for that. It is not
because there is no knowledge in us. In fact our own
true nature is knowledge par excellence. But it is veiled
by ignorance. There should be a way to remove this veiling ne-science. One has to go into the deeper resources
of one’s own self for that. That is not very easy.
From time immemorial the Indians have had a way
to dispel the darkness of ignorance. They approach a
Guru. The word Guru literally means ‘one who destroys
darkness’. The aspirant to wisdom goes to a Guru and
takes refuge at his feet. Getting formally initiated by a
Guru and going away muttering a mantra may not bring
the desired effect. One should live with one’s Guru. The
home’ or family of the Guru is called gurukula.
Traditionally it is held that one should be under the instruction of a Guru for at least twelve years, to discipline the body, mind and the self. This is possible only if
the seeker has patience and perseverance in his search.
Knowledge can dawn even on the very first day, but there
is no guarantee about it.
The ego is the stumbling block on one’s path to
wisdom. To control the ego the aspirant should keep the
body and mind in the service of the Guru. Entering into a
bipolar relationship with a Guru is called gurubhakti. The
Guru and disciple should not be of rival interests. They
should be able to love each other and appreciate each
other's stand. As the disciple becomes more and more
mature he or she will be led into higher realms of
knowledge. We find such examples in the Upanisads.
The Upanisads are a’priori texts of wisdom. They are
also called sruti (verbal testimony).
This volume, A Bouquet of Meditations, is a collection of excerpts from the major Upanisads and other
wisdom texts, studied with great reverence in India. The
only recent works included in this volume are the Héma
Mantra (chant for fire ceremony) in Sanskrit and the
Universal Prayer of Narayana Guru, Daiva Dasakam in
Malayalam, both composed by Narayana Guru.
These texts are studied with great attention in the
various centres of the Narayana Gurukula. Now people
living outside India also want to take advantage of this
book. Hence this tri-lingual edition has become
necessary. The Sanskrit and the Malayalam texts are
given in Romanized script with diacritical marks for easy
reading, and the meaning given in simple English. We
hope this will be of use to a wider range of our students
in the English speaking parts of the world.
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