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Hymns on Meditation & Prayer(Composed by Adi Sankaracarya)


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Title: Hymns on Meditation & Prayer(Composed by Adi Sankaracarya)
Author: Swami Viditatmananda
Item Code: BK02718
Publisher: Adyatma Vidya Mandir
Edition: 1st ed., Date: 2009, 172 pp., PB
Description: This book is a commentary by Swami Viditatmananda on three short compositions of Sri Sankaracarya: 1) Atmasatkam 2) Pratassmaranam and 3) Prarthana Satpadi. The first two discuss the nature of meditation on the self and the third is a prayer to Lord Visnu. Atmasatkam, also known as Nirvanasatkam is a well-known composition of six verses wherein the fourth line of every verse says ‘cidanandarupah sivoham sivoham’ or ‘I am siva, the auspicious, of the nature of consciousness and limitlessness. The Pratassmaranam which means remembering or meditationg at dawn, is a compostition of three verses describing the nature of the self as the witness of the three states, the illuminator of all and the self of all. Satpadi, a composition of six couplets is a prayer where Sri Sankaracarya assumes the role of a humble devotee and earnestly requestes the Lord to lift him from the ocean of samsara. Simple chanting of the stotras elicits joy and inspiration and contemplation upon their verses with an understanding of the meanings will elevate and fulfill the readers. The book also includes the verses in Sanskrit with Roman transliterations, word-by-word English meanings and English prose meanings. Appendices include separate renderings of each of the treatises with only the original Sanskrit plus Roman transliterations for chanting only and also an Index of Sanskrit words and one of Sanskrit quotations.