Sivastotravali of Utpaladeva: Sanskrit Text with Introduction, English Translation and Glossary

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Title:Sivastotravali of Utpaladeva: Sanskrit Text with Introduction, English Translation and Glossary

ISBN:9788120800113

Author:Nil Kanth Kotru

Publisher:Motilal Banarsidass Publishers

Publish Year:2019

Edition:Second Edition

Cover:Hard Back

Subject:Hinduism | Indian Philosophy

Language:English
Sanskrit

Remarks:Glossary and Index.

Pages:172

Size:145 x 202 mm

Weight(gms):300

Price:USD 12.75

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  • 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.

    Nil Kanth Kotru

    Born in a humble family of Kashmiri Pandits, Nil Kanth Kotru evinced strong predilections for religious and philosophical studies while still young. His inquisitive spirit brought him in contact with some eminent scholars, who helped him to study Bhagavad Gita and other works on Vedanta philosophy. The author happened to hold a managerial post in a respectable commercial concern in Srinagar, and this left him with no time to take care of his natural disposition. It was late his life that he was introduced to Kashmir Saivism, and the first work that caught his imagination was no other than Sivastotravali of Utpaladeva which cast a lasting spell on his mind. He received immense help from his teacher, to whom the present work has been respectfully dedicated. With his blessings the work of translation was undertaken for the benefit of English knowing public.
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