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Psychology of Darsana Mala

by: Nitya Chaitanya Yati

The Darsanmala, consisting 100 verses lucidly expresses Narayana Guru’s unitive vision in expounding the core of Vedantic wisdom. Here, Guru Nitya, masterfully examines this wisdom from the psychological point of view to address basic questions of human psychology like how does one experience the world, the link between I, the experiencer, and that which is experienced, etc.

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ISBN: 9788124602546
Year Of Publication: 2017
Edition: 2nd
Pages : xvi, 495
Bibliographic Details : Appendix; Bibliography; Indices
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 23 cm.
Weight: 850

Overview

The Darshanmala, one of the last major works of Narayana Guru, contains 100 verses lucidly expressing the guru’s unitive vision expounding the core of Vedantic wisdom. Here, Guru Nitya Chaitanya Yati, using his deep scholarship in western psychological thought, masterfully examines this wisdom from the psychological point of view to address basic questions of human psychology like how does one experience the world, the link between I, the experiencer, and that which is experienced and the way in which one can guide one’s actions. Referring to western thinkers including Carl Jung, St John of the Cross and Kierkegaard, Guru Nitya Chaitanya Yati explores Narayana Guru’s absolutist vision to present insights into such items as consciousness, illusion, yoga, existence, awareness, consciousness and contemplative devotion and liberation. Referring to the thought and philosophy of Greek and other western philosophers and ancient scriptures on Advaitic philosophy, the commentary, simple in language and easy-to-understand, incorporates the perspectives and vision derived from the author’s guru, Nataraja Guru, who had translated the entire poem Darshanmala into English.

Contents

Foreword
Guide to Sanskrit Pronunciation
Acknowledgements
Introduction

PART ONE

The Text in Translation
I. Adhyaropa Darshanam
Cosmic Projection
Verse 1 to 10
Cosmic Projection
Applied Psychology
II. Apavada Darshnam
Truth by Consistent Refutation of the False

III. Asatya Darshnam
A Vision of Nonexistence

IV. Maya Darshnam
A Vision of Non-being Beingness

V. Bhana Darshanam
A Vision of Awareness

PART TWO

Introduction to Part One
VI. Karma Darshanam
Cosmo-Psychological Functionalism

VII. Jnana Darshanam
Consciousness ans its Modifications

VIII. Bhakti Darshanam
Contemplative Devotion

IX. Yoga Darshanam
Transpersonal Union

X. Nirvana Darshanam
The Finale

Appendix – The Text in Sanskrit
Bibliography
Index
Sanskrit
General

Meet the Author
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1924
After his matriculation, Guru Nitya left home as a wandering mendicant to familiarize himself with the land and people of his country of birth. He met great leaders like Mahatma Gandhi and poets of high repute and sat at the feet of several spiritual masters, including Sufi fakirs, Jain munis, and Buddhist monks, and Hindu teachers such as Ramana Maharshi and Nityananda. In 1947 he joined the University College, Alwaye, Kerala to continue his academic studies. After specializing in philosophy and psychology, he taught these subjects in Indian universities. In 1951, he accepted Nataraja Guru - founder and head of the Narayana Gurukula - as his spiritual preceptor. In 1973 he followed him as head and Guru of the Gurukula, a world community of spiritual seekers. Between 1970 and 1980 he taught courses in psychology, philosophy, yoga, and aesthetics at universities in the US and other countries. He also was the chairperson of the East-West University of Unitive Sciences and the Commissioner for World Education. Guru Nitya published over 120 books in Malayalam and 80 books in English, as well as countless articles on philosophy, psychology, social ethics, and aesthetics. His writings combine rare insight and profound wisdom with an ability to communicate in terms readily understood by students everywhere.
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