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Title:Sivastotravali of Utpaladeva: Sanskrit Text with Introduction, English Translation and Glossary
Author:Nil Kanth Kotru
Publisher:Motilal Banarsidass Publishers
Remarks:Glossary and Index.
Size:145 x 202 mm
Sivastotravali is a collection of stray verses composed by Utpaladeva simply to ventilate his feelings, thoughts and experiences during various stages of his spiritual life. It was discovered by his admirers in total disorder after the author gave up his mortal coil. Since they contained a wealth of spiritual wisdom they were taken up by one Visvavarta and compiled into twenty stotras, and later commented upon by Rajanaka Ksemaraja, the authorís great-granddisciple. The text contains spontaneous outpourings of a master mind given to the discovery of the truth of existence. They constitute an authentic saga of one of the greatest spiritual adventures in the world. Of all sages and saints, who appeared in Kashmir from time to time, the name of Utpaladeva commands the greatest reverence, not only because he had keen philosophic insight or poetic genius but also because he had attained direct realization of the Supreme Reality. He was steeped in Siva consciousness, and his sayings as such have been acclaimed as bearing the stamp of authority even by such teachers of eminence as the great Acarya Abhinavagupta. Of all his works the present one enjoys greatest popularity among the masses.