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Sivananda Lahar
« on: November 20, 2008, 12:33:15 PM »
Sivananda Lahari of Sri Sankara, is one of the best bhakti compostions
of this great Advaita teacher.  While Sri Soundarya Lahari, abounds
with mantra sastra, with poems for six chakras and only a later portion
speaks about the beauty of Sri Lalita Tripura Sundari, this composition
right from the word go, is an ocean of devotion.  Vivekachoodamani again
became a book of Advaita Vedanta, Sivananda Lahari occupies a unique
status of the melting poems of bhakti, and nothing else.

Bhagavan Ramana, as in the case of other Sanskrit and Tamil books,
was also asked to speak about this book and give a condensation.
He has always said that bhakti is Jnana Mata.  While Jnana can be
Siva, bhakti is Uma or individual soul.  It is the union of these two,
which shines as the effulgence and grace of Siva-Sakti.  Bhagavan
Ramana has chosen 10 verses of the 100 and has also placed them
in an order for reading and singing.  There is a manuscript which shows
in His own handwriting, these 10 verses in Tamil transileraton of Sanskrit
and also Tamil Verses.  This manuscript has been printed in the Tamil
book of Vivekachoodamani of Sri Ramansramam.  I am not sure whether
these Tamil verses are Bhagavan Ramana's own composition or from any
earlier Tamil poet.

The order and the original number of the verses as per Sanskrit
composition of Sankara are as under: 

1.    Verse 61
2.    Verse 76
3.    Verse 83
4.    Verse   6
5.    Verse 65
6.    Verse 10
7.    Verse 12
8.    Verse   9
9.    Verse 11
10.  Verse 91

I shall write a three or four posts describing the full meaning of these
verses, in due course.

(Source:  The list as from Vivekachoodamani, Tamil book of Sri
Ramanasramam, vide appendix therein.)

Arunachala Siva.