BooksHymn to ...

Hymn to Sri Daksinamurti by Adi Sankaracarya

Description Read Full Description
About the Book The pregnant import of this ethereal declaration forms the basis for exploration of the Philosophy of Advaita Vedanta in Sri Adi Sankaracarya’s Daksinamurti Stotra. Though containing only ten verses, it packages a punch of arguments, assertions and negations that clarify the confusion seekers have and guides them to the goal of spiritual Realisation through the practice of upasana. Swami Chinmayananda’s commertary on the Daksinamurti Stotra is a compelling guide to unders...
About the Book

The pregnant import of this ethereal declaration forms the basis for exploration of the Philosophy of Advaita Vedanta in Sri Adi Sankaracarya’s Daksinamurti Stotra. Though containing only ten verses, it packages a punch of arguments, assertions and negations that clarify the confusion seekers have and guides them to the goal of spiritual Realisation through the practice of upasana.

Swami Chinmayananda’s commertary on the Daksinamurti Stotra is a compelling guide to understanding its philosophical import, subtlety of expression and confident assertions.

Preface

Sri Daksinamurti Stotra is one of the shortest and the most important works of Sri Adi Sankaracarya, which is known for its philosophical import, subtlety of expression and confident assertion. With unerring dexterity, the Master addressed these stanzas to the students who have already studied fully the sastras to reach new heights in their seats of meditation.

Diacritical marks are used for the transliteration of Sanskrit words in the verses and the commentary. This will help the readers to pronounce the words correctly.

A key to the transliteration and pronunciation has been added in the beginning of the books.

Introduction

Of all the hymns of Sri Sankara, Sri Daksinamurti stotra is the shortest, but at the same time, in its philosophical import, subtlety of expression and confidence of assertion, it is one of the most inspired works of the advaita philosopher. On a small canvas, Sankara has, with unerring dexterity, crammed all the arguments of non-dualists against the preachers of dualism. Naturally, the stanzas are loaded with suggestions and to dive into their rich depths, special training is necessary for the students.

In shorts, these stanzas are not lessons addressed to new initiates, but they are discussions with students who have already studied fully the sastras and are now ready to enter into their meditation seats.

A strict pattern of thought development is observed in these ten stanzas, which are linked together into one monumental garland of philosophical thoughts, based on the declarations of the rsis of the Upanisads.

The opening stanza, while indicating the pluralistic world of perceptions, shows how they are all the play of the one infinite Reality and it insists that to realise this Truth, through the help of a proper Teacher, is to gain the ultimate goal of human existence.

The first two stanzas describe how the perception of the false - a world of delusive names and forms superimposed upon the infinite ever-present Realty - has come about.

Stanzas 3 and 4 explain the methods by which this misapprehension of the Infinite expresses itself from within each one of us through the vehicles of our perception.

Stanza 5 indicates how this delusory power of Maya confuses some great students of the Upanisads and even greater thinkers and philosophers.

Stanza 6 focusses our attention upon our own experiences in life. It indicates the methods by which, through a scientific analysis of our own vivid experiences in the three planes of Consciousness - waking, dream and deep sleep - we can easily come to realise that the Reality behind our individual personality is the Reality behind the entire universe.

Stanza 7 points out what is the fathomless substratum upon which alone is reflected the play of change that dances to the tune of finitude and sorrow.

Stanza 8 answers the material scientists and the secular observers of the world, who consider the world as real because it is constantly yielding to them a series of definite sets of experiences.

In stanza 9, the usual technique of upasana is prescribed for those diligent students, who, even after a deep and careful study of the previous stanzas, are not able to fully appreciate the import of them all. Lack of integration within will make students unfit for such subtle flights to the lofty heights of Vedanta, when it discusses the ultimate theme. To help them gain the necessary integration, this stanza prescribes an upasana.

The concluding stanza states that these are not ideas to be merely heard or understood, but that each student should reflect upon them and make them his own. It also explain show, as a result of this education, each one of us can achieve an unfoldment of his or her own personality to a diviner dimension and to the eventual attainment of Liberation.

These stanzas have unsuspected depths, though superficially they have a simple and direct meaning. Every phrase that is used in them has a definite purpose and it is lined up against an army of opponents, who believe and argue against the conclusions of the philosophy of Vedanta.

Thus, the Sankhyans, the Vaisesikas, the Naiyayikas, the Carvakas and the Buddhists, not to mention the various minor groups, all come under the annihilating intellectual fire of Acarya Sankara in these discussions.

Here we meet not only Sankara, the devotee, but we discover Sankara, the disputant and Sankara, the champion of advaita philosophy, armed to the teeth, fighting against all misconceptions, illogical arguments and hasty conclusions, which are alien to the letter and spirit of the declarations of the Upanisads.

The contents being so sublime, it is not easy to understand for the new initiates, who might read these articles prompted by mere idle curiosity. To those who have already studied a couple of Upanisads and atleast a few chapters of the Bhagavad-gita, this series of talks through print will be of immense use. Such serious students alone are addressed here by me in these discussions. If anyone, not yet familiar with the contents of the Upanisads, finds this book difficult, he is invited to go through the earlier books prescribed by us in our ‘Scheme of study’.

These ten stanzas are a summary of the arguments in the Upanisads, of the declarations in the Brahma sutra and of the Bhagavad-gita.

The declaration of the Upanisads, ‘Brahman alone is the Reality, the world of change is a delusion’ is the theme that is taken up here in these ten stanzas by Acarya Sankara. He elucidates its subtle imports with a philosophical scholarship, tempered by kindness towards those, who cannot directly understand the deeper suggestions of the thoughts of the Upanisads.

As it stands today, we have a commentary (Vartikam) upon these ten stanzas by Sankara’s great disciple Sri Suresvaracarya. This is entitled as ‘Manasollasa’. To help the students in both the original and the vartikam, we have again a book of lucid notes given by Sri Svayamprakasa Yati.

The Guru upasana indicated here runs as a unifying idea through all the ten stanzas. It is meant not for those seeking material benefits, but only for those who are desirous of achieving the wisdom of the Self (atma-labha).

**Sample Pages**







Item Code: NAQ392 Author: Swami Chinmayananda Cover: PAPERBACK Edition: 2016 Publisher: Central Chinmaya Mission Trust ISBN: 9788175971233 Language: Sanskrit Text With Transliteration and Word-to-Word Meaning English Transl Size: 8.50 X 5.50 inch Pages: 120 Other Details: Weight of the Book: 0.1 Kg
Price: $16.00
Shipping Free
Be the first to review this product
Viewed 2326 times since 3rd Jul, 2019
Based on your browsing history
Loading... Please wait

Items Related to Hymn to Sri Daksinamurti by Adi Sankaracarya (Hindu | Books)

Daksinamurti (Dakshinamurti) Stotra with the Varttika Manasollasa of Suresvaracarya
Sri Daksinamurti (Dakshinamurti) Stotram of Sri Sankaracarya (Shankaracharya)
Talks on Adi Sankaracharya's Dakshinamurti Stava
Sri Daksinamurti Stotram: A Study Based on The Manasollasa and the Tattvasudha, Sanskrit Text with English Translation (In 2 Volumes) - A Rare Book
Dakshinamurti Stotram and Dasaloki
The Guru Tradition (Voice of the Guru Jagadguru Sri Chandrasesharendra Sarasvati Svami)
Origin of Universe: Vedic Approach
पन्चपादिका: Pancapadika with Three Sanskrit Commentaries
Our Dharma (An Old and Rare Book)
विवरणोपन्यास (संस्कृत एवम् हिन्दी अनुवाद): Vivarana Upanayas
वेदान्तपरिभाषा: Vedanta Paribhasa (Sanskrit Only)
लघुवासुदेवमननम् एवम् सिध्दान्तबिंदु: Laghu Vasudeva Manana and Siddhanta Bindu (संस्कृत एवम् हिन्दी अनुवाद)
उपनिषदभाष्यम्: Upanishads with Commentaries of Shankaracharya, Anandagiri and Sureshvaracharya (Set of 3 Volumes)
प्रकरणद्वादशी: Twelve Advaita Prakarnas
Testimonials
I’ve started receiving many of the books I’ve ordered and every single one of them (thus far) has been fantastic - both the books themselves, and the execution of the shipping. Safe to say I’ll be ordering many more books from your website :)
Hithesh, USA
I have received the book Evolution II.  Thank you so much for all of your assistance in making this book available to me.  You have been so helpful and kind.
Colleen, USA
Thanks Exotic India, I just received a set of two volume books: Brahmasutra Catuhsutri Sankara Bhasyam
I Gede Tunas
You guys are beyond amazing. The books you provide not many places have and I for one am so thankful to have found you.
Lulian, UK
This is my first purchase from Exotic India and its really good to have such store with online buying option. Thanks, looking ahead to purchase many more such exotic product from you.
Probir, UAE
I received the kaftan today via FedEx. Your care in sending the order, packaging and methods, are exquisite. You have dressed my body in comfort and fashion for my constrained quarantine in the several kaftans ordered in the last 6 months. And I gifted my sister with one of the orders. So pleased to have made a connection with you.
EB Cuya FIGG, USA
Thank you for your wonderful service and amazing book selection. We are long time customers and have never been disappointed by your great store. Thank you and we will continue to shop at your store
Michael, USA
I am extremely happy with the two I have already received!
Robert, UK
I have just received the top and it is beautiful 
Parvathi, Malaysia
I received ordered books in perfect condition. Thank You!
Vladimirs, Sweden

Also within "Gods"