Everyone aspires to be happy. One cannot be happywithout gaining knowledge. Knowledge does not comeby itself. One has to seek diligently for that. It is notbecause there is no knowledge in us. In fact our owntrue nature is knowledge par excellence. But it is veiledby ignorance. There should be a way to remove this veiling ne-science. One has to go into the deeper resourcesof one’s own self for that. That is not very easy.
From time immemorial the Indians have had a wayto dispel the darkness of ignorance. They approach aGuru. The word Guru literally means ‘one who destroysdarkness’. The aspirant to wisdom goes to a Guru andtakes refuge at his feet. Getting formally initiated by aGuru and going away muttering a mantra may not bringthe desired effect. One should live with one’s Guru. Thehome’ or family of the Guru is called gurukula.Traditionally it is held that one should be under the instruction of a Guru for at least twelve years, to discipline the body, mind and the self. This is possible only ifthe seeker has patience and perseverance in his search.Knowledge can dawn even on the very first day, but thereis no guarantee about it.
The ego is the stumbling block on one’s path towisdom. To control the ego the aspirant should keep thebody and mind in the service of the Guru. Entering into abipolar relationship with a Guru is called gurubhakti. TheGuru and disciple should not be of rival interests. Theyshould be able to love each other and appreciate eachother's stand. As the disciple becomes more and moremature he or she will be led into higher realms ofknowledge. We find such examples in the Upanisads.The Upanisads are a’priori texts of wisdom. They arealso called sruti (verbal testimony).
This volume, A Bouquet of Meditations, is a collection of excerpts from the major Upanisads and otherwisdom texts, studied with great reverence in India. Theonly recent works included in this volume are the HémaMantra (chant for fire ceremony) in Sanskrit and theUniversal Prayer of Narayana Guru, Daiva Dasakam inMalayalam, both composed by Narayana Guru.
These texts are studied with great attention in thevarious centres of the Narayana Gurukula. Now peopleliving outside India also want to take advantage of thisbook. Hence this tri-lingual edition has becomenecessary. The Sanskrit and the Malayalam texts aregiven in Romanized script with diacritical marks for easyreading, and the meaning given in simple English. Wehope this will be of use to a wider range of our studentsin the English speaking parts of the world.
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