Overview for Sivanandalahari of Sankaracarya
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.
V.K. Subramanian (Author)
Vadakaymadom Krishna Iyer Subramanian (b. 1930, Kerala, India) is an eminent scholar, whose life mission is to present to the world the treasures of ancient India, in the fields of art, literature, philosophy and religion. He has already translated several ancient texts into English. These include: Saundaryalahaari, Sivanandalahari, Sacred Songs off India, Maxims of Chanakya and Sri Rudraprasna. As a consultant for holistic health and spiritual development, he has spelt out the Hindu regimens in this regard in his popular book: The Holistic Way to Health, Happiness and Harmony. Subramanian's prolific literary output covers a variety of subjects ranging from astrology to art. He has been an astropalmic counselor for over 35 years. A retired officer of the Indian Audit and Accounts Service (which he joined in 1953), Subramanian is also a reputed painter, who has held 22 one-man shows and whose paintings (some of them in the Chandigarh Museum) have won wide acclaim from leading art critics of India. Subramanian who has traveled extensively in India, now lives in the United States of America.