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This collection of Gurudev’s sayings is a sum total of his views on education, business, occupation, marriage, married life, God, philosophy, temples, conferences on work, know- ledge, piety etc.

 

This book which is a rare one in its category, is a must read for all those who aim at happiness and peace in life and a must-keep for posterity.

 

Preface

 

Sree Narayana Gurudev was born on earth as the embodiment of the Cosmic Soul Itself. He lived here among the people fulfilling the aim of his birth, by serving people and making them wonder at his actions. He walked on this earth with his holy feet that showered blessings on all those who touched them. His life which was eventful, was at the same time extremely silent. This is a rare phenomenon in the world. The inherent holy silence was broken on rare occasions when mankind’s virtue and goodness flourished. From the sky of heart that was filled with the enlightenment of God, words emanated like stars. Those words were filled with peaceful hymns that led to spiritual attainment and at the same time, sounded the trumpet to materialistic success. This is something so rare and at the same time wonderful too.

 

But most of his sayings filled with spiritual beauty, have been washed away in the course of time. This is an irrepairable loss to humanity itself. Those who enjoy the nectar of these maxims tend to think like that. But, there are many who wanted to preserve at least a few of his maxims for posterity. The chief among those holy men are Dharmathirtha Swamikal, Nataraja Guru, Sarasakavi Muloor Padmanabha Panicker etc. Let us bow down before the memory of these holy men. There are many who opened the chest of time and took out those jewels of maxims collected by them and exposed them to the world. Among them, Dr. T. Bhaskaran through Sree Narayana Guru Vaikhari , Sri. A.V. Ashokan through Maxims of Gurudev, Sree Narayana Bhakthotham-sam Sri. C.R. Kesavan Vaidyar through Sree Narayana Guru in his own words, are to be remembered here because all these writings have helped us immensely along with Sivagiri Brahma-vidyalaya Library in the compilation of these words of wisdom.

 

Let us say something more about this booklet. When we rearrange Gurudev’s words of advice literally, they can be mainly divided into two parts. One is the books written by Gurudev, messages published by him, conversations recorded by others etc. in which the ideas and language are exclusively of Gurudev, In the second category, the ideas belong to Gurudev but the language is almost not his (For example, Sree Narayana Dharmam is a book comprising of words of advice by Gurudev but written by Athmananda Swamikal in the form of Sanskrit poetry. This compilation consists of extracts from this book which is written in a language different from that of the Guru. This compilation also consists of some parts taken from Guru’s writings like ‘Darshana-mala ‘. The Sanskrit Slokas from Darshanamala are not copied as they are, but the ideas are expressed in a language that can be understood by anybody. It is taken from the Deedhithi interpretation by Vidyananda Swamikal. Here also, the language is not that of Gurudev’s.

 

If the words of wisdom expressed through both the parts are combined, there is a chance of misunderstanding the language of the second part as that of Gurudev’s. So, those subjects that mostly come under the second category are given specially in the second part of this compilation. The first part consists solely of the maxims in Gurudev diction. But, when the maxims are categorized subject-wise, some of the maxims that are not in Gurudev’s own diction also come under part 1. Here, the language is not Gurudev’s, but only the ideas. To point out this fact specifically, the word ‘idea’ is given in brackets. In the same way, the second part consists of maxims that are not of Gurudev’s diction, but in some parts Gurudev’s maxims in his own diction are added subject-wise. To point out this, the words ‘message’ ‘conversation’ etc. are given in brackets. One more thing is that, the parts given in italics for some maxims that need explanation are solely for the convenience of study and clarity of ideas. I it is to be specially noted that these parts do not belong to the maxims.) We hope that all these will immensely be beneficial to people who study keenly and assess the maxims of Gurudev.

 

Let all of us be able to fulfill this great journey aiming at eternal happiness of the human soul as hinted kindly by Gurudev, through devotion to the Holy Feet of Gurudev who is considered God in human form by millions of people. Let us make use of the words of the Guru in this compilation, for that purpose. Praying that the Guru may shower his blessings on us to achieve this goal in life, we submit this compilation with obeisance at the auspicious feet of Sree Narayana Gurudev, that loving God who made us capable of compiling this holy work.

 

Contents

 

 

Part I

 

1.

Caste

27

2.

Religion

33

3.

World Religions, Religious Leaders, Religious Literature

47

4.

God

53

5.

Temples

61

6.

Philosophy

71

7.

Transcendentalism

81

8.

Atheism

88

9.

Re-Birth

91

10.

The Divinity of Scholarly Gurus

95

11.

The Great Journey of Human Soul

98

12.

Sivagiri Pilgrimage

99

13.

Cleanliness

103

14.

Non-Vegetarian Food

105

15.

Sacrifice

109

16.

Service

110

17.

Brotherhood

111

18.

Qualities that make Great Men

112

19.

Education

114

19.

Language-Literature

118

21.

Actions

122

22.

Self-dependence

131

23.

Wealth

133

24.

Organization

138

25.

Nature and Man

142

26.

Construction of

146

27.

Speech

147

28.

General Topics

150

29.

(i) From the Guru’s per spective

162

29

(ii) The Disciples of Gurudev

168

 

Part II

 

30.

One Caste, One Religion, One God

176

31.

Actions - Wisdom

185

32.

Righteousness

192

33.

Five Purities

195

34.

Non-violence

198

35.

Celibacy

201

36.

The House-holder

203

37.

Asceticism

219

38.

Women

225

39.

To the Students

228

40.

Death-Funeral Rites

230

41.

Liquor

235

42.

Adultery

238

 

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About the Book

 

This collection of Gurudev’s sayings is a sum total of his views on education, business, occupation, marriage, married life, God, philosophy, temples, conferences on work, know- ledge, piety etc.

 

This book which is a rare one in its category, is a must read for all those who aim at happiness and peace in life and a must-keep for posterity.

 

Preface

 

Sree Narayana Gurudev was born on earth as the embodiment of the Cosmic Soul Itself. He lived here among the people fulfilling the aim of his birth, by serving people and making them wonder at his actions. He walked on this earth with his holy feet that showered blessings on all those who touched them. His life which was eventful, was at the same time extremely silent. This is a rare phenomenon in the world. The inherent holy silence was broken on rare occasions when mankind’s virtue and goodness flourished. From the sky of heart that was filled with the enlightenment of God, words emanated like stars. Those words were filled with peaceful hymns that led to spiritual attainment and at the same time, sounded the trumpet to materialistic success. This is something so rare and at the same time wonderful too.

 

But most of his sayings filled with spiritual beauty, have been washed away in the course of time. This is an irrepairable loss to humanity itself. Those who enjoy the nectar of these maxims tend to think like that. But, there are many who wanted to preserve at least a few of his maxims for posterity. The chief among those holy men are Dharmathirtha Swamikal, Nataraja Guru, Sarasakavi Muloor Padmanabha Panicker etc. Let us bow down before the memory of these holy men. There are many who opened the chest of time and took out those jewels of maxims collected by them and exposed them to the world. Among them, Dr. T. Bhaskaran through Sree Narayana Guru Vaikhari , Sri. A.V. Ashokan through Maxims of Gurudev, Sree Narayana Bhakthotham-sam Sri. C.R. Kesavan Vaidyar through Sree Narayana Guru in his own words, are to be remembered here because all these writings have helped us immensely along with Sivagiri Brahma-vidyalaya Library in the compilation of these words of wisdom.

 

Let us say something more about this booklet. When we rearrange Gurudev’s words of advice literally, they can be mainly divided into two parts. One is the books written by Gurudev, messages published by him, conversations recorded by others etc. in which the ideas and language are exclusively of Gurudev, In the second category, the ideas belong to Gurudev but the language is almost not his (For example, Sree Narayana Dharmam is a book comprising of words of advice by Gurudev but written by Athmananda Swamikal in the form of Sanskrit poetry. This compilation consists of extracts from this book which is written in a language different from that of the Guru. This compilation also consists of some parts taken from Guru’s writings like ‘Darshana-mala ‘. The Sanskrit Slokas from Darshanamala are not copied as they are, but the ideas are expressed in a language that can be understood by anybody. It is taken from the Deedhithi interpretation by Vidyananda Swamikal. Here also, the language is not that of Gurudev’s.

 

If the words of wisdom expressed through both the parts are combined, there is a chance of misunderstanding the language of the second part as that of Gurudev’s. So, those subjects that mostly come under the second category are given specially in the second part of this compilation. The first part consists solely of the maxims in Gurudev diction. But, when the maxims are categorized subject-wise, some of the maxims that are not in Gurudev’s own diction also come under part 1. Here, the language is not Gurudev’s, but only the ideas. To point out this fact specifically, the word ‘idea’ is given in brackets. In the same way, the second part consists of maxims that are not of Gurudev’s diction, but in some parts Gurudev’s maxims in his own diction are added subject-wise. To point out this, the words ‘message’ ‘conversation’ etc. are given in brackets. One more thing is that, the parts given in italics for some maxims that need explanation are solely for the convenience of study and clarity of ideas. I it is to be specially noted that these parts do not belong to the maxims.) We hope that all these will immensely be beneficial to people who study keenly and assess the maxims of Gurudev.

 

Let all of us be able to fulfill this great journey aiming at eternal happiness of the human soul as hinted kindly by Gurudev, through devotion to the Holy Feet of Gurudev who is considered God in human form by millions of people. Let us make use of the words of the Guru in this compilation, for that purpose. Praying that the Guru may shower his blessings on us to achieve this goal in life, we submit this compilation with obeisance at the auspicious feet of Sree Narayana Gurudev, that loving God who made us capable of compiling this holy work.

 

Contents

 

 

Part I

 

1.

Caste

27

2.

Religion

33

3.

World Religions, Religious Leaders, Religious Literature

47

4.

God

53

5.

Temples

61

6.

Philosophy

71

7.

Transcendentalism

81

8.

Atheism

88

9.

Re-Birth

91

10.

The Divinity of Scholarly Gurus

95

11.

The Great Journey of Human Soul

98

12.

Sivagiri Pilgrimage

99

13.

Cleanliness

103

14.

Non-Vegetarian Food

105

15.

Sacrifice

109

16.

Service

110

17.

Brotherhood

111

18.

Qualities that make Great Men

112

19.

Education

114

19.

Language-Literature

118

21.

Actions

122

22.

Self-dependence

131

23.

Wealth

133

24.

Organization

138

25.

Nature and Man

142

26.

Construction of

146

27.

Speech

147

28.

General Topics

150

29.

(i) From the Guru’s per spective

162

29

(ii) The Disciples of Gurudev

168

 

Part II

 

30.

One Caste, One Religion, One God

176

31.

Actions - Wisdom

185

32.

Righteousness

192

33.

Five Purities

195

34.

Non-violence

198

35.

Celibacy

201

36.

The House-holder

203

37.

Asceticism

219

38.

Women

225

39.

To the Students

228

40.

Death-Funeral Rites

230

41.

Liquor

235

42.

Adultery

238

 

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