Subscribe for Newsletters and Discounts
Be the first to receive our thoughtfully written
religious articles and product discounts.
Your interests (Optional)
This will help us make recommendations and send discounts and sale information at times.
By registering, you may receive account related information, our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
.
By subscribing, you will receive our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. All emails will be sent by Exotic India using the email address info@exoticindia.com.

Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
|6
Sign In  |  Sign up
Your Cart (0)
Best Deals
Share our website with your friends.
Email this page to a friend
Books > Hindu > Gods > Shiva > Sivanandalahari by Sri Sankaracharya ( (Sanskrit Text, Transliteration, Word to Word Meaning, Translation and Detailed Commentary))
Subscribe to our newsletter and discounts
Sivanandalahari by Sri Sankaracharya ( (Sanskrit Text, Transliteration, Word to Word Meaning, Translation and Detailed Commentary))
Pages from the book
Sivanandalahari by Sri Sankaracharya ( (Sanskrit Text, Transliteration, Word to Word Meaning, Translation and Detailed Commentary))
Look Inside the Book
Description

Preface:

Sri Adi Sankara Bhagawatpada, the greatest philosopher who treaded the length and breadth of India establishing the Advaidic philosophy, was also a devoted bhakta and a great poet. This fact one can come to know when he reads the works of this Great Master. The stutis and stotras he had written are the examples of his unflinching devotion to the Supreme Reality. He has just passed on his experiences, during the great moments of Oneness with the Infinite Lord, in the form of beautiful poetry. The experience this Compassionate Master had at the hillock of Srisailam at the alter of Lord Mallikarjuna comes down cascading in the form of this beautiful work Sivanandalanhari. Just as Mother Ganga comes down from the great heights of the Himalayas changing her course, colour and contents on and off according to the different landscapes she passes, this Gnana Ganga, the poetry of Bhagawan Sankara, starts from the union of Lord Siva and Mother Umadevi. On its way it teaches man about his foolish mind, which goes about the corridors of this sensual world attracted by the dazzling evanescent fruits like a monkey or an elephant in rut. It repeatedly implores the reader to control his mind and surrender at the lotus feet of Lord's Grace for everything, even controlling one's own mind.

Total identification in love and complete surrender with the Lord of one's heart is Bhakti. All of us have this ray of love called Hridaya Rekha in our hearts. Just as one tunes his receiving sets at the correct wavelength to get the music relayed from the radio station, the bhakta has to send his Hridaya Rekha towards his Bhagawan. The loving Lord constantly rains down His Grace. It is up to the bhakta to contact that wavelength of Divine love and hear the eternal music of the Lord. But Sri Adi Sankara warns that for this also the Lord's grace is required. Let us keep our hearts open and empty-to-catch at least a few drops of this water of Grace.

I have tried in my humble way to translate the stanzas and catching the curve of my devotion have given the commentary on this great work of the Universal Teacher Bhagawan Sankara. This work was initiated, helped and encouraged by my guru Prof. C. G. Vasudevan, disciple of Parampoojya Gurudev Swami Chinmayanandaji. But for him I, an ordinary mortal would not have dared this. It is he who is speaking through my pen.

I submit this work at the feet of my Poojya Gurudev Swami Chinmayanandaji with humble salutations.

I thank the printer Sri V. Subramaniam of S. Viswanathan (Printers & Publishers), and Sri Ravi and Sri Mahesh, staff of Beta Photo Comps, for patiently going through this work and printing it so clearly. I also thank Sri Mahadevan, the artist for the beautiful cover picture.

For completing this work I have consulted the commentary on Sivanandalahari Sivanandalahari by Sri Sankaracharya in Tamil by Tharakad Krishnayyar Padmanabhan. The commentary on Sivanandalahari in English by Swami Tapasyananda and also my guru Prof. C. G. Vasudevan.

 

Kamala Chidambaram

From the Book:

Sivanandalahari

 

Eternal waves of the auspicious Bliss

The emotional contentment or the Infinite Bliss, which is experienced as waves by one who contemplates on Siva the pure auspiciousness, is Sivanadalahari. Siva auspiciousness; Ananda-Bliss; Lahari waves. There are different stages of happiness a man experiences. The lowest state of happiness is Shukh. One experiences it only in the presence of objects. It will be present only as long as the object is there and disappears as soon as the object ceases to be experienced. For enjoying this the subject has to send forth his 'Chaintanya Sakthi' or Consciousness, make it alight on the object so that he will be aware of the object. As soon as he withdraws his Sakthi the happiness also ceases to exist. So it is momentary and one has to waste a lot of his energy for it and also the awareness has to be applied fully.

The next stages of happiness are where the sense objects are absent and are replaced by an object of worship (Deva). For enjoying this also the Bhakta has to connect himself to the Deva. Here the Bhakta, Bhagawan and Bhakti are separate from each other. This happiness even though of a superior variety is present only as long as the three are connected. The moment one forgets God due to some other distraction, the Ananda attained disappears. So in this stage only the visible symbol of God given Ananda. It evaporates once bhakti evaporates.

In the third stage, one knows Bhagawan to be the source of Ananda. So the bhakta tries to go to Bhagawan forgetting His form, shape etc. But once one jumps into that ananda Sagara he also disappears completely like the salt doll that went to measure the depth of the ocean. As there are no two entities no transaction takes place. There is no one to experience the Bliss. Everything is just Auspiciousness and Bliss-Sivananda. In this stage of Total auspiciousness one is not conscious of any thing. Before one enters this state of Divine Bliss, at the last moment when he is about to get into the ocean of bliss is the moment when he is about to get into the ocean of bliss is the moment when one is still separate from Bhagawan. At this moment one gets the experience of flood of Ananda and also the taste of auspiciousness. This is the moment when waves of Bliss arising out of that total auspiciousness is experienced by the Bhakta. This is the state of enjoying the Sivanandalahari.

Mayadevi who is the universal mother does not like any of her Children to dissolve and disappear like this. So she prevents them by attracting them with the dazzling nature of sense objects. So one has to pray to Mayadevi also before experiencing the Sivananda. So in his first verse of Sivanandalahari, Bhagawan Sankara, the great teacher of the world offers his prayers to both Siva and Parvathi together. He seeks their permission to take us into the ocean of Bliss that he has been experiencing eternally. He is so compassionate that he wants even the lowest among the humans also to evolve and get liberated.

 

Sample Pages


Sivanandalahari by Sri Sankaracharya ( (Sanskrit Text, Transliteration, Word to Word Meaning, Translation and Detailed Commentary))

Item Code:
IDG463
Cover:
Paperback
Edition:
2004
ISBN:
8175972319
Language:
(Sanskrit Text, Transliteration, Word to Word Meaning, Translation and Detailed Commentary)
Size:
8.5" X 5.5"
Pages:
230
Other Details:
weight of book 260 gms.
Price:
$16.00   Shipping Free
Look Inside the Book
Add to Wishlist
Send as e-card
Send as free online greeting card
Sivanandalahari by Sri Sankaracharya ( (Sanskrit Text, Transliteration, Word to Word Meaning, Translation and Detailed Commentary))

Verify the characters on the left

From:
Edit     
You will be informed as and when your card is viewed. Please note that your card will be active in the system for 30 days.

Viewed 15177 times since 15th Feb, 2019

Preface:

Sri Adi Sankara Bhagawatpada, the greatest philosopher who treaded the length and breadth of India establishing the Advaidic philosophy, was also a devoted bhakta and a great poet. This fact one can come to know when he reads the works of this Great Master. The stutis and stotras he had written are the examples of his unflinching devotion to the Supreme Reality. He has just passed on his experiences, during the great moments of Oneness with the Infinite Lord, in the form of beautiful poetry. The experience this Compassionate Master had at the hillock of Srisailam at the alter of Lord Mallikarjuna comes down cascading in the form of this beautiful work Sivanandalanhari. Just as Mother Ganga comes down from the great heights of the Himalayas changing her course, colour and contents on and off according to the different landscapes she passes, this Gnana Ganga, the poetry of Bhagawan Sankara, starts from the union of Lord Siva and Mother Umadevi. On its way it teaches man about his foolish mind, which goes about the corridors of this sensual world attracted by the dazzling evanescent fruits like a monkey or an elephant in rut. It repeatedly implores the reader to control his mind and surrender at the lotus feet of Lord's Grace for everything, even controlling one's own mind.

Total identification in love and complete surrender with the Lord of one's heart is Bhakti. All of us have this ray of love called Hridaya Rekha in our hearts. Just as one tunes his receiving sets at the correct wavelength to get the music relayed from the radio station, the bhakta has to send his Hridaya Rekha towards his Bhagawan. The loving Lord constantly rains down His Grace. It is up to the bhakta to contact that wavelength of Divine love and hear the eternal music of the Lord. But Sri Adi Sankara warns that for this also the Lord's grace is required. Let us keep our hearts open and empty-to-catch at least a few drops of this water of Grace.

I have tried in my humble way to translate the stanzas and catching the curve of my devotion have given the commentary on this great work of the Universal Teacher Bhagawan Sankara. This work was initiated, helped and encouraged by my guru Prof. C. G. Vasudevan, disciple of Parampoojya Gurudev Swami Chinmayanandaji. But for him I, an ordinary mortal would not have dared this. It is he who is speaking through my pen.

I submit this work at the feet of my Poojya Gurudev Swami Chinmayanandaji with humble salutations.

I thank the printer Sri V. Subramaniam of S. Viswanathan (Printers & Publishers), and Sri Ravi and Sri Mahesh, staff of Beta Photo Comps, for patiently going through this work and printing it so clearly. I also thank Sri Mahadevan, the artist for the beautiful cover picture.

For completing this work I have consulted the commentary on Sivanandalahari Sivanandalahari by Sri Sankaracharya in Tamil by Tharakad Krishnayyar Padmanabhan. The commentary on Sivanandalahari in English by Swami Tapasyananda and also my guru Prof. C. G. Vasudevan.

 

Kamala Chidambaram

From the Book:

Sivanandalahari

 

Eternal waves of the auspicious Bliss

The emotional contentment or the Infinite Bliss, which is experienced as waves by one who contemplates on Siva the pure auspiciousness, is Sivanadalahari. Siva auspiciousness; Ananda-Bliss; Lahari waves. There are different stages of happiness a man experiences. The lowest state of happiness is Shukh. One experiences it only in the presence of objects. It will be present only as long as the object is there and disappears as soon as the object ceases to be experienced. For enjoying this the subject has to send forth his 'Chaintanya Sakthi' or Consciousness, make it alight on the object so that he will be aware of the object. As soon as he withdraws his Sakthi the happiness also ceases to exist. So it is momentary and one has to waste a lot of his energy for it and also the awareness has to be applied fully.

The next stages of happiness are where the sense objects are absent and are replaced by an object of worship (Deva). For enjoying this also the Bhakta has to connect himself to the Deva. Here the Bhakta, Bhagawan and Bhakti are separate from each other. This happiness even though of a superior variety is present only as long as the three are connected. The moment one forgets God due to some other distraction, the Ananda attained disappears. So in this stage only the visible symbol of God given Ananda. It evaporates once bhakti evaporates.

In the third stage, one knows Bhagawan to be the source of Ananda. So the bhakta tries to go to Bhagawan forgetting His form, shape etc. But once one jumps into that ananda Sagara he also disappears completely like the salt doll that went to measure the depth of the ocean. As there are no two entities no transaction takes place. There is no one to experience the Bliss. Everything is just Auspiciousness and Bliss-Sivananda. In this stage of Total auspiciousness one is not conscious of any thing. Before one enters this state of Divine Bliss, at the last moment when he is about to get into the ocean of bliss is the moment when he is about to get into the ocean of bliss is the moment when one is still separate from Bhagawan. At this moment one gets the experience of flood of Ananda and also the taste of auspiciousness. This is the moment when waves of Bliss arising out of that total auspiciousness is experienced by the Bhakta. This is the state of enjoying the Sivanandalahari.

Mayadevi who is the universal mother does not like any of her Children to dissolve and disappear like this. So she prevents them by attracting them with the dazzling nature of sense objects. So one has to pray to Mayadevi also before experiencing the Sivananda. So in his first verse of Sivanandalahari, Bhagawan Sankara, the great teacher of the world offers his prayers to both Siva and Parvathi together. He seeks their permission to take us into the ocean of Bliss that he has been experiencing eternally. He is so compassionate that he wants even the lowest among the humans also to evolve and get liberated.

 

Sample Pages


Post a Comment
 
Post Review
Post a Query
For privacy concerns, please view our Privacy Policy
Based on your browsing history
Loading... Please wait

Items Related to Sivanandalahari by Sri Sankaracharya ( (Sanskrit Text,... (Hindu | Books)

Sivananda Lahari of Adi Sankara Bhagavadpada
by N Anantharaman
Paperback (Edition: 2010)
CBH Publication
Item Code: NAJ891
$12.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Sri Saundarya Lahari The Descent
Item Code: IHE004
$35.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Tantra Yoga, Nada Yoga and Kriya Yoga
by Swami Sivananda
Paperback (Edition: 2011)
The Divine Life Society
Item Code: IDF829
$15.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Jivanmukta Gita
by Swami Sivananda
Paperback (Edition: 2005)
The Divine Life Society
Item Code: IDK781
$9.50
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Manasollasastuti of Appayya Diksita
Item Code: NAL728
$15.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Adi Sankara’s Bhaja Govindam
by M.N. Krishnamani
Hardcover (Edition: 2011)
Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan
Item Code: NAK623
$30.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
BHAJAGOVINDAM
by M.N. KRISHNAMANI
Hardcover (Edition: 2011)
Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan
Item Code: IDG559
$16.50
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Parayana (The Poetic Works of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi)
Paperback (Edition: 2018)
Sri Ramanasramam Tiruvannamalai
Item Code: NAN704
$20.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Siva Darsan
Item Code: NAC755
$35.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Life and Teachings of Adi Sankaracarya (Shankaracharya)
by P. George Victor
Hardcover (Edition: 2006)
D. K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Item Code: IDD138
$30.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Testimonials
Hi, I would like to thankyou for your excellent service. Postage was quick. Books were packaged well and all in good condition.
Pauline, Australia
Thank you very much. Your sale prices are wonderful.
Michael, USA
Kailash Raj’s art, as always, is marvelous. We are so grateful to you for allowing your team to do these special canvases for us. Rarely do we see this caliber of art in modern times. Kailash Ji has taken the Swaminaryan monks’ suggestions to heart and executed each one with accuracy and a spiritual touch.
Sadasivanathaswami, Hawaii
Good selections. and ease of ordering. Thank you
Kris, USA
Thank you for having books on such rare topics as Samudrika Vidya, keep up the good work of finding these treasures and making them available.
Tulsi, USA
Received awesome customer service from Raje. Thank You very much.
Victor, USA
Just wanted to let you know the books arrived on Friday February 22nd. I could not believe how quickly my order arrived, 4 days from India. Wow! Seeing the post mark, touching and smelling the books made me long for your country. Reminded me it is time to visit again. Thank you again.
Patricia, Canada
Thank you for beautiful, devotional pieces.
Ms. Shantida, USA
Received doll safely and gift pack was a pleasant surprise. Keep up the good job.
Vidya, India
Thank you very much. Such a beautiful selection! I am very pleased with my chosen piece. I love just looking at the picture. Praise Mother Kali! I'm excited to see it in person
Michael, USA
Language:
Currency:
All rights reserved. Copyright 2019 © Exotic India