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Shorter Philosophical Poems of Narayan Guru

by: Swami Muni Narayana Prasad

This book contains extensive commentaries on Narayana Guru’s five shorter philosophical poems — The Science of the Absolute in Five Verses, Lamp of Non-duality, Consciousness, Chants for Oblations in Fire, and Ten Verses Addressed to God: A Universal Prayer. The poems elucidate the Vedàntic doctrine in terms of causality and the idea of Reality or atma being Consciousness in essential content.

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ISBN: 9788124605158
Year Of Publication: 2010
Edition: 1st
Pages : vii, 320
Bibliographic Details : Glossary; Index
Language : English
Binding : Paperback
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 22
Weight: 500

Overview

The work collects Narayana Guru’s most important shorter philosophic poems into one volume. They are respectively, the Brahmavidya Pancakam (Science of the Absolute), Advaita Dipika (Lamp of Non-Duality), Arivu (Consciousness Examined), Homa Mantram (Fire Oblation) and Daiva Dashakam (Ten Verses Addressing God). The verses are rendered into English and commented upon extensively by Swami Muni Narayana Prasad. Alongside the Guru’s Atmopadesha Shatakam (One Hundred Verses of Self-Instruction) and the Darshana Mala (Garland of Visions), these poems are intended to transmit the wisdom of the Upanishads to the earnest seeker of the modern age. As a rishi of the modern age, Narayana Guru deals with issues pertinent today, including how social ethics and other contemporary problems are to be treated in light of the Absolute. As such, the Guru’s poems may be said to be both ancient and modern at the same time.
Each poem contained in this book may be said to deal with a specific philosophical problem or a set of problems that may be encountered in the search for the Absolute. Each problem is consistently answered in light of the Absolute. Such elucidations include the prerequisites of both a true seeker and a true guru, the nature of the rapport to be established between each, and how the Absolute is sat, cit and ananda together. Other elucidations include the ultimate nature of Reality examined in terms of Consciousness, how Vedic ritual may be understood properly so that it may lead one to the highest realm of non-dual wisdom, and how to pray to God in the Absolutist sense.

Contents

Preface
Introduction
1. Brahmavidya Pancakam (The Science of the Absolute in Five Verses)
• Introduction
• Text, Translation and Commentary
2. Advaita Dipika Lamp of Non-duality)
• Introduction
• Text, Translation and Commentary
3. Arivu (Consciousness Examined)
• Introduction
• Text, Translation and Commentary
4. Homa Mantram (Chants for Oblation in Fire)
• Introduction
• Text, Translation and Commentary
5. Daiva Dashakam (Ten Verses Addressed to God)
• Introduction
• Text, Translation and Commentary
Glossary
Index

Meet the Author
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Swami Muni Narayana Prasad is the Guru and Head of Narayana Gurukula, a guru-disciple foundation open to all, irrespective of caste, creed, gender, religion or nation, aimed at promoting the Science of the Absolute (Brahma-vidya) as restated by Narayana Guru. A disciple of Nataraja Guru and Guru Nitya Chaitanya Yati, he has travelled widely teaching Indian philosophy. He has authored around seventy-five books in the Malayalam language. His English books are: commentaries on the Isha Kena, Katha, Prashna, Mundaka, Mandukya Taittiriya, Aitareya and Chandogya Upanishads, Vedanta Sutras and Darshanamala of Narayana Guru, Three Acaryas and Narayana Guru, Karma and Reincarnation, Basic Lessons on India’s Wisdom, The Philosophy of Narayana Guru, Life’s Pilgrimage Through the Gita, Collected Works of Narayana Guru, Narayanasmritih, and Natural Philosophy for Youth.
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