The Omnipotent, Omnipresent and Omniscient Lord, in His Absolute Formless state, is beyond the reach of the common man's mind which is not cultured and refined enough, to comprehend this formless Absolute. To contemplate on this supreme Lord, a resolute mind backed by rigid discipline in scriptural studies is essential. But how can the all compassionate Creator ever remain unreachable to the world of a common man, who is still lingering in the tastes of the materialistic accomplishments, yet occasionally feels the pang and hence yearns for unison with The Divine.
To satiate this spiritual craving of man, the Universal Father, Mother incarnates, rather comes down to the level of men, lives with them, teaches them and puts them back on the track of spiritual inquiry. The purpose of Divine incarnation is very succinctly put forth by Sri Aurobindo in his poem ''Savitri'' thus -
I have come down in the human world
And the movement watched by an unsleeping Eye
And the dark contrariety of earth's fate
And the battle of the bright and sombre powers.
I stand upon earth's paths of danger and grief
And help the unfortunate and save the doomed.
To the strong I bring the gueirlon of their strength,
To the weak I bring the armour of my force;
To men who long I cam' them coveted joy...
I guide man to the path of the Divine.
To such merciful Lord our obeisance is due every moment of our life-time. It is as a measure of our gratitude that numerous hymns, praises and verses are composed by seers. They aid us in divine contemplation and have been in vogue from time immemorial. Most of these are on the different aspects and facets of this Supreme Brahman. Seeing multiplicity in the divine pantheon, one should always remember that our Vedic religion does not advocate pan-theism i.e. belief in multiple-Gods, but only pane theism i.e. belief in One Absolute God in multiple facets. The Veda is very clear in this regard when it says - ekam sat, vipraah bahudhaa vadanti i.e. the Supreme Truth (Lord) is only one, the wise call it by many names.
It is to suit the temperament of the devotees, whose mental make-up differs, that hymns on the different facets of the Lord by various devotees, are recorded in Puranic & Tantric texts and some have come down to us in the form of oral tradition too.
Giri Trading Agency Private Limited which is a household name known as the pioneers in publishing such prayer texts for the benefit of the society , has brought out this short compilation of verses on the plethora of deities along with a general import in English language. While reading these prayer hymns, one not only gets the taste of the lyrical nector of these hymns composed by great seers like Adi Shankara and others., but also is captivated by the profound ideas expressed in such brevity.
May the children of every household in the present generation be guided by the elders in the house to recite these simple yet profound verses, May the choicest blessings of The Divine Lord be showered on all who recite these verses in part or full.
May such sincere and service oriented endeavours of the spiritual minded publishers Giri Trading Agency Private Limited be well rewarded by this book being read by one and all.
Oh Divine Lord of vast compassion, for the fulfilment of 'le ultimate desires we depend on Thee.
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