Author: V K SubramanianTranslator(s)/ Editors(s): V K SubramanianPublisher: Abhinav PublicationsYear: 2006Language: EnglishPages: 238ISBN/UPC (if available): 8170174430
The Sivanandalahari of Adi Sankaracharya, like its twin Saundaryalahari, is a poem of intense devotion, as noted for poetic excellence as for its spiritual fervour. Since God cannot be conceived of, meditated upon or loved with devotion in the abstract, Indian sages have conceived of God as the Father-Mother, Siva-Sakti inseparable as world and meaning, in the immortal analogy of Kalidasa. In Sivanandalahari, Sri Sankaracharya pays homage to the Father, while in Saundaryalahari, he prays to the Mother. In sivanandalahari, Sankaracharya has been successful in making God so lovable that the reader is enabled to experience a blissful beatitude, where the Omnipresent One is realized as the Immanent Self within, the purified mind elevated to heights of spiritual bliss. The English translation of this famous work has been done by V.K. Subramanian, the famous scholar, whose book on Saqundaryalahari is a popular work, running into several editions.English transliteration side by side the original Sanskrit will facilitate easy comprehension by all. This book will be of great interest to all students of religion and philosophy as also lovers of pure poetry. It will be a valuable reference volume for students of Indology.