Author: Sri Ramana MaharshiK Lakshmana Sarma/Translator(s)/ Editors(s): K Lakshmana Sarma/ KaysPublisher: Sri RamanasramamYear: 2013Language: EnglishPages: 244ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788182881839
"Everyone is saying that Lakshmana Sarma's commentary on Ulladu Narpadu is the best. Nobody has studied Ulladu Narpadu the way Sarma has." This pregnant remark from the Master himself speaks volumes of the value of this work. Sri Sarma's initial hesitation to study this Text on the plea of his unfamiliarity with the classical Tamil tongue was instantly overcome when the Maharshi himself offered to tutor him privately. And this enlightening edification went on for three long years. The repository of solid wisdom chose to flow in rich rivulets of illuminating and nectarine exposition. Sri Sarma meticulously compacted them in a commentary that was first published as early as in 1936. This Treasure-trove thus far available to the Tamil-knowing public is now thrown open to non-Tamil-knowing devotees for the first time. This translation by "Kays", it is felt, does full justice to the original.This commentary on Ulladu Narpadu is from the pen of one who initially demurred to study this text on the plea that his knowledge of Tamil would not measure up to plumb the depth and worth of the Text that abounds in rich nuances of Tamil prosody. Bhagavan graciously offered to tutor him and this edifying education continued for three long years. Lakshmana Sarma, the avid student that he was, absorbed the contents and meticulously translated them in chaste Sanskrit, verse for verse and submitted them for Bhagavan's approval. He went on pruning it until the perfected draft got the stamp of approval by Bhagavan. Such repeated and resolute attempts at perfecting the Sanskrit translation elicited from Bhagavan the remark that "no one has studied Ulladu Narpadu so well as Sarma has and his constant endeavors constituted his `tapas'."Ulladu Narpadu took complete possession of him and he regarded the verses of the Text as the sacred emanations from Brahman personified — Bhagavan — the very incarnation of the Truth we all seek. Sarma's firm belief that Atma Vicara, the core teaching of Ulladu Narpadu is the Great Yoga or Maha Yoga was further authenticated by Bhagavan himself by quoting a verse from Kurma Purana (2-11-7) wherein Lord Siva declares: "That (yoga) in which one sees the Self (Atman) which is Me, the one immaculate and eternal Bliss is considered to be 'mahayoga' pertaining to the Supreme Lord."
ContentsPublisher's Note Key to Transliteration 1. Reality in Forty Verses (Ulladu Narpadu) Invocation Viveka Adhyayam Vicara Adhyayam Anubhava Adhyayam 2. Reality in Forty Verses: Supplement (Ulladu Narpadu — Anubandham) Benedictory Stanza Sat Sanga Prakaranam Atma Tattva Prakaranam Adhikari Prakaranam Upasana Prakaranam Jivanmukta Prakaranam Nularivu Prakaranam Siddhanta Sara Prakaranam 3. Ulladu Narpadu — Kalivenba 4. Meaning of the link words in Ulladu Narpadu in Kalivenba form