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Sri Dakshinamoorthy Stotram
« on: March 25, 2009, 12:36:31 PM »
Sri Dakshinamoorthy Stotram, is the shortest Sanskrit hymns composed by Sri Sankara, yet its subtlety of expression makes
it one his most inspired works.  (A detailed commentary of Sri
Sureswara is available under the title Manasollasa).  Bhagavan Ramana translated and copied these verses in his immaculate
handwriting into a small notebook measuring 9.5 cm wide and 8 cm
long.  The booklet contains two transciptions.  On the left side is
the Malayalam and on the right side the Tamil.  We do not know for
whom Bhagavan Ramana did this piece of work. 

The composition contains 12 verses.  The first verse was actually
composed by Viswanatha Swami in Sanskrit and Bhagavan later
translated this into Tamil.  It is included in Collected Works.  The
year of writing should be below 1938.   Because at one point of time, Bhagavan Ramana wanted to write a commentary on the verses but for various reasons did not.  See Talks entry dated 7th Nov. 1938.

Once Viswanatha Swami accompanied Bhagavan Ramana around
the Hill and Bhagavan Ramana spent the entire time discussing
the stotramsm with him.  T.K. Sundaresa Iyer also related an incident in the early days of Sri Ramanasramam.  Bhagavan Ramana, on a
Sivaratri night lead a discussion on the meaning of the stotrams  and that went on all night!

(Source:  Mountain Path,  Jan-Mar 2003)

Arunachala Siva.