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Narayaneeyam: Bhagavata Condensed

Swami Tapasyananda (Author)
Synopsis This edition aims at giving a lucid and readable translation of the great Sanskrit Text to the English reading public interested in Indian devotional literature. The Narayaneeyam is a text that takes a high place in Sanskrit literature both as a poem and as a devotional hymn. This double role is responsible for the great popularity it has attained wherever it has come to be know. As its author Meppathur Narayana Bhattatiri was a poet-devotee hailing from Kerala, and as it was traditionally connected with the great Krishna Temple at Guruvayoor in that State, its popularity was, till the beginning of this century, confined mostly to that part of the country; but since then it has come to be known all over South India, and editions of it with translation and comments in different languages have appeared.  The author of this great Text Bhattatiri was born in 1560, and though he is today famous for his Narayaneeyam, his achievements in the field of scholarship had a much broader basis. The Narayaneeyam is undoubtedly the major work of Bhattatiri, and it is so for two reasons - one that it deals with the glories of Narayana, and the other that it is the composition by the poet Narayana. It is a work consisting of 1036 verses in various Sanskrit metres. It is a unique work in the Sanskrit language in so far as it combines in itself three distinct features: a) It is a literary masterpiece, a great poetical work comparable to the compositions of any of the classical Sanskrit poets. b) It is a hymn of rare devotional fervor having several distinctive features shared by no other hymn. C) It is an exposition of Vedanta with a dominance of devotional teachings.
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About the author

Swami Tapasyananda

Swami Tapasyanandaji Mahara] (1904- 1991), a Vice-president of the Ramakrishna Order, was a disciple of Swami Shiva- nandaji Maharaj, one of the eminent disciples of Sri Ramakrishna, and received Sannyasa from his Guru in 1932. For three decades he was head of Sri Ramakrishna Ashrama, Trivandrum, and took over as President of the Chennai Centre in 1971.

He was an erudite scholar in both English and Sanskrit. He has written many books in English and also translated several important Hindu Scriptures into English. His translation of Srimad Bhagavatam in four volumes has been highly acclaimed in intellectual and devotional circles.

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Title Narayaneeyam: Bhagavata Condensed
Format Softcover
Date published: 15.06.2000
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Ramakrishna Math
Language: English
isbn 8171204198
length 363p.