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SR I GNA NA NA NDA

N I K E T A N
List of Publications
October 2013

SRI GNANANANDA NIKETAN


Thapovanam Post 605756
Villupuram District . Tamil Nadu
Tel: (0)4153 224938Cell: 9486629866
gniketan.office@gmail.com
www.gnanananda-niketan.org
SRI GNANANANDA NIKETAN

Sri Gnanananda Niketan is a Charitable Trust that was constituted in 1986 by


prominent and close devotees of Sadguru Gnanananda with Pujya Swami Vid-
yananda Giri as Chairman and Pujya Swami Nityananda Giri as Managing Trus-
tee. Its main objective is to serve the tradition of Adyatma Vidya or Self Knowl-
edge, by providing all facilities for stay and for study of Vedanta in a traditional
manner by Sannyasins and spiritual seekers from India and abroad.
One of the sevas of the Trust is to bring out publications in Sanskrit, English and
Tamil on Vedanta, particularly reprints of old, rare and valuable books. Special
attention is given to Tamil publications.
Sri Gnanananda Niketan has also published books on Sadguru Gnanananda and
brought out CDs with songs of Tamil lore and compositions by Thapovanam
devotees that are charged with both, devotion and Vedantic teaching.
In the following pages is given a list of the publications available, those in pro-
gress and the future projects in view.
For orders of books you may contact at :

SRI GNANANANDA NIKETAN


Thapovanam Post 605756
Villupuram Dist.Tamil Nadu
(0)4153 22493894866 29866
gniketan.office@gmail.com
www.gnanananda-niketan.org
Www.gnanananda-niketan.blogspot.in

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Aitareya Upanishad
(Sanskrit & Tamil)

Sanskrit text of the Upanishad with Sri Sankaras Bhashya,


and their Tamil translation by Sri Sundararaja Sarma with
introduction by Sri Brantiyankarai S. Subramanya Sastrigal
and preface by Paramapujya Sri Swami Vidyananda Giri.
Also includes Sanskrit texts from Anubhuti Prakasa of Sri
Vidyaranya and Brahma Gita in Suta Samhita with Tamil Translation by Sri
Mullaivasal R. Krishnamurthy Sastrigal.
Second edition (Pp 158), Rs.80/-

Sanatsujatiyam with Sri Sankaras


Bhashya.
(Sanskrit & Tamil)
Sanskrit text of the slokas and bhashya with Tamil
translation by Sri Sundararaja Sarma -

Snatsujtiyam appears in the Udyoga Parva in


the Mahbhrata. Acharyas bhashya explains the
interesting but tough exposition of Brahma Vidya by Sanatsujata to
Dhritarashtra. Sri Sarmas translation in lucid style further elucidates the text
and the commentary. This edition also contains an introduction by Panditaraja
Sri Vepattur V. Subramanya Sastrigal, preface by Sri K.S. Venkatarama Sastrigal
and an article Sanatsujatiya Saram by Paramapujya Sri Swami Vidyananda
Giri.

Second edition (Pp 214), Rs.100/-

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Sankara Vedantam
(Tamil & Sanskrit)
by H. H. Swami Sacchidanandendra Saraswati of Hole
Narasipur.
Tamil translation by Sri V. A. Tyagarajan of the book in
English titled "Salient Features of Sankara Vedanta"
Second edition (Pp 125), Rs. 60/-

Atma Vidya Vilasam


(Tamil & Sanskrit)
By Sri Sadasiva Brahmendra
This book presents the quintessence of Advaita Vedanta in
a short Prakarana Grantha of Sri Sadasiva Brahmendra
together with an explanatory discourse in Tamil by Pujya
Sri Swami Vidyananda Giri and a preface by Pujya Sri
Swami Dayananda Saraswati

It includes a brief account of the life of the great avadhuta. The dedication
contains a short sketch of the life of Pujya Sri Swami Vidyananda Giri, disciple of
Sadguru Gnanananda.

This Vedantic text is different from another popular Prakarana Grantha with
the same tittle, also authored by Sri Sadasiva Brahmendra. It contains a vivid
account of the characteristics of a Jeevan-mukta.

Second edition (2010) (Pp 64), Rs.60/-

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Gita Tatparya Nirnayam


(Tamil & Sanskrit)
by Sri D. Arunachala Sastrigal
An excellent analysis of the main teaching of Srimad
Bhagavad Gita. It highlights the quintessence of Gita, not
only by Lord Krishnas words themselves but also by
identifying the six marks or criteria (shad-lingas)
determinative of its purpose in a traditional manner.
The book includes an introductory article by Pujya Sri Swami Vidyananda Giri on
The special features of Sri Sankaras Gita Bhashya. Pujyasri Swami Dayananda
Saraswati writes in his preface that the book will be a very useful guide for
seekers.
Second edition (Pp 108), Rs. 60/-

The Purport of the Gita


(English)

English translation by Sri K N Subramanian of Gita


Tatparya Nirnayam -

It also includes an introduction The Purport of the Gita


Atma Gnana by Dr. T. M. P. Mahadevan and a foreword
by Sri T. R. Rajagopala Iyer.

Selected passages from Sri Sankaras Gita Bhashya given at the end of the book
will be very useful in the study.

First edition (Pp 102), Rs.60/-

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Panchadasi (2 Vols.)
(Sanskrit and Tamil)
By Swami Vidyaranya
Sanskrit text of the slokas with commentary of Sri
Ramakrishna Pandita. Tamil translation by Sri V.
Kuppuswamy Raju .
This is a reprint of the well-known text of Advaita
Vedanta, Panchadasi, by Swami Vidyaranya with a Tamil translation of the
Sanskrit commentary by Sri Ramakrishna Pandita.
This Tamil translation was done by a very eminent scholar and Vedanta
teacher Sri V. Kuppuswamy Raju of Thanjavur, who later became a
Sannyasin and was known as Sri Brahmananda Swamigal. He rendered
yeoman's service to the cause of Vedanta by his Tamil translations of many
books. They were published in his own press and he spent away all his
wealth for this purpose.
Panchadasi is a very highly valuable Vedantic treatise, written by two
brothers, Swami Vidyaranya and Swami Bharathi Tirtha. Both were the
Pontiffs of Sringeri Math. It is called Panchadasi as it contains fifteen
chapters. Five chapters explain the aspect of Sat, the Being. Five chapters
are on Chit, the Pure Consciousness which the Being Is, and, the last five
chapters deal with Ananda, the Bliss of Infinitude of Being, Pure
Consciousness.
This treatise was first published in 1908. It has now been reprinted, ninety
nine years later in 2007.
(Vol. I - pp 668 and Vol. II - pp 797)
Hard cover. Rs.800/- per set of two volumes.

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Bhagavad Gita with Sankara Bhashya


Tamil translation by Sri Sundararaja Sarma

The first edition of the Tamil translation of Sri Sanakras


Gita Bhashya by Melmangalam Sri D. Sundaraja Sarma, a
Brahmanishta was published in 1905. Sringeri JagadGuru
Sri Sacchidananda Sivabhinava Nrisimha Bharati Swaminah
invited Sri Sarma to His camp at Periyakulam during his
tour in 1908 and blessed him appreciating his translation as truly reflecting Sri
Sankaras original.

The first and second reprints were published by Sri Gnanananda Thapovanam in
1977 and 1983.

A third reprint is now published in a single bound volume by Sri Gnanananda


Niketan. It includes Sri Sundararaja Sarmas introduction in the first edition in
1905 and also the introdutory articles by Pujya Sri Swami Vidyananda Giri and
Dr. Sri T.M.P. Mahadevan in the first reprint in 1977.

Hard Cover, pp680, Rs.250/-

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Swanubhuti Rasayanam
(Tamil)
A short manual of Advaita Vedanta in Tamil by Kodaganallur
Sundara Swamigal.
This is the first of the series of works of a famous Sivayogi,
Kodaganallur Sundara Swamigal (18311878) who spread
bhakti and Advaita Vedanta in Tamil Nadu through his
expositions of Suta Samhita in his Panchaha (five days parayana and discourse).
The saints discourse was noted down by his disciples and brought out as a book
for the first time in 1866. This book is a exact reprint of the first edition.
The book contains an interesting account of the Saints life.
2nd Edition 2013 - Paper cover, xxxiii+154p Rs. 120/-

Guru Gita
(Sanskrit & Tamil)
Sri Guru Gita is a very popular text giving Guru Shishya
dharma and describing the glory of guru bhakti. It is in the
Skanda Purana and is chanted throughout Bharat by all
spiritual aspirants belonging to various traditions.
Therefore there are different readings of the text.
This text approved by Pujya Sri Swami Satchidananda
Saraswati of Kashi was first published in 1962 with the text of slokas both in
Sanskrit and Tamil and their meaning in tamil.
32 slokas have been selected by Sadguru Gnanananda and as instructed by him
are chanted everyday at the commencement of paduka pooja at Sri
Gnanananda Thapovanam. They are highlighted in this publications. They have
the vedantic content Ishvara, Guru and Atma are one and the same impartite
(akhanda) ultimate reality symbolised by Sri Dakshinamurthy.
Pp 90, 3rd Edition - Rs. 60/-
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Avudyakkal Padal Thirattu


(Tamil)
Compiled by Swami Nityananda Giri
Vedantic and Bhakti Gnanarasa songs of Avudai Akkal
of Senkottai, disciple of Sridhara Venkatesa Ayyaval of
Tiruvisainallur.
AVUDAI AKKAL was born about 350 years ago in an
orthodox Brahmin family of Senkottai, in Tirunelvelli District. As a child
widow, she was blessed with darsan of Sridhara Venkatesa Ayyaval, after
which she progressed very fast in spiritual life leading to Self-realization.
Her spontaneous outpourings in the Bliss of the Self are songs in colloquial
language but rich in Vedantic content and Guru bhakti. They are in various
literary forms and through images of the daily life sublime thoughts of
Vedanta are effectively conveyed. The songs have become very popular,
being sung by groups of women with great fervour in the villages of the
district and have thus been handed down to the present day.
Swami Nityananda Giri at the initiative of Sadhvi Gomathi Rajangam, a well-
known writer, collected her articles and other songs from many sources.
They were added to the earlier compilation of Ayakudi Venkatarama
Sastrigal publilshed in 1953. It also contains a moving account of
Avudayakkals life written by Gomathi Rajangam. In view of her great
contribution to this effort, a short sketch of Gomathis Rajangams life is
also included.
A very valuable collection of songs with excellent Vedantic reflections.
(Pp 324), Rs..150/-

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Sri Gnanananda Darsanam


(Tamil)

The book Sri Gnanananda Darsanam", written in Tamil,


gives a very good account of the life and teachings of
Sadguru Sri Gnanananda Giri Swamigal, a Mahayogi and
Gnanasiddha coming in the lineage of Jyotir Mutt,
established by Sri Sankara. It also contains a vivid
description of the Ashrams daily routine and explanation of its spiritual
significance, particularly of Paduka Puja.
It has been written by Swami Nityananda Giri a disciple of Sadguru
Gnanananda, who had the privilege of compiling His teachings under His
direct guidance. The book, therefore is an authentic account, which also
contains a long chapter on Sadgurus leela, as experienced by the devotees.
The book is an enlargement of a sharp and brilliant sketch written by a
devotee, Smt. Padmasini Gopalakrishnan, giving her reflections on the sage
with some anecdotes.
It contains a very interesting introduction by Mahatma Sri Krishna Premi of
Pazhanur.
It has been received very well by the devotees and has gone to the third
edition.
Third edition (2010) (Pp 297), Rs.150/-

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OTHER PUBLICATIONS AVAILABLE AT NIKETAN

GURU AND DISCIPLE


By Swami Abhishiktananda
Swami Abhishiktananda (Henri le Saux, OSB)
gives a vivid account of his meeting with Sri
Gnanananda Giri, a sage whom he met at his
ashram in Tamil Nadu. He regarded this
encounter as one of the high points of his life
in India. He spoke of his retreat with him as
days of grace, days of peace and fulfillment . .
. when one was conscious of living at a spiritual depth in which the
whole world of outward appearance has been left behind and one
has come close to what is Real. Indeed, he received from Sadguru
Gnanananda the sublime teaching of a jnaniwhich was the
timeless message of the Upanishads: Behind the appearance of the
phenomenal ego is the Ultimate Reality, the Eternal Self of All, which
can be directly realized.

Guru and Disciple has been praised by many as a classic and as being one
of the most remarkable introductions in recent times to the importance
of meditationdhyanaand the essential nature of the spiritual
masterthe guru tattvaof which Sri Gnanananda Giri was the perfect
embodiment.
Published by Samata Books, Paper Cover, 141 p, Rs. 250/-

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TRANSGRESSING BOUNDARIES,
The songs of Shenkottai Avudai
Akkal
Translated by Smt. Kanchana Nataranjan,
Department of Philosophy, University of Delhi.
Shenkottai Sri Avudai Akkal, is a remarkable
eighteenth-century woman saint from Tamil
Nadu, whose songs are her outpourings with
an unmistakable stamp of her abiding
Awareness of the Self. They are in colloquial Tamil and in various
literary forms, employing scenes of daily life to convey sublime
spiritual reflections. They were preserved in oral tradition by
Brahmin women of Tirunelveli district who sang them on all
occasions.

About 21 such songs have been translated into English for the first
time and presented with annotations and themed essays by
Kanchana Natarajan of Delhi University. She had done good deal of
research not only by accessing various resources and compilations
but also by interviewing many old ladies who render the songs with
great spiritual fervour.

A very good introduction of a Tamil women saint to the world.

380 pp Hardcover, INR 695

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GNANANANDA VILASA
Compiled by Saraswati Amma
A very valuable compilation of articles in
English and Tamil written by devotes who had
direct contact with Sadguru Gnanananda.

The book carries an introduction by Pujya Sri


Swami Nityananda Giri.

Published by Samata Books,


Paper Cover, 415 p, Rs. 175/-

N E W P U B L I C AT I O N S I N P R O G R E S S
1. Gnanananda Darsanam
(English)

2. Advaita Bodha Dipika (Tamil translation of the original Sanskrit


text by Kodaganallur Sundara Swamigal)

3. Nijananda Vilasam (A manual of Advaita Vedanta by Kodaganallur


Sundara Swamigal in Tamil)

4. Kaivalya Navaneetham (Containing sanskrit translations of the


original tamil text by Sankhu Kavi with introduction Maha
Mahopadhyaya AnantaKrsihna Sastrigal in sanskrit also translated
in tamil and english)

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AUDIOS

Agastyar Geetham
By Ashram devotees
Music: Sri L. Krishnan

- Set of two CDs, Rs.120/-


- Set of two tapes, Rs. 72/-

Guruppugazh
Devotional songs on Sadguru Gnanananda
composed by Smt. Lalitha Ramanujachari and
sung by Dr. Smt. Abhiramasundari.

- Set of Two CDs, Rs.120/-


- Set of two tapes, Rs. 70/-

Gurudevan Yengal Gurudevan!


Devotional songs on Sadguru Gnanananda
composed by Smt. Lalitha Ramanujachari and
sung by Dr. Smt. Abhiramasundari and other
devotees.

- set of two CDs, Rs. 100/-

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Avudayakkal Songs
Sung by Bombay Sisters

Vedantic and Bhakti Gnanarasa songs of


Avudai Akkal of Shenkottai, disciple of
Sridhara Venkatesa Ayyaval of Tiruvisainallur.
Rs. 100/-

Gnanananda Peroli
A moving discourse by Mahatma Sri
Krishnapremi of Paranur on Sadguru
Gnanananda.

Out of stock

Dinasari Vazhipadu
Songs that are daily sung at Gnanananda
Thapovanam

Out of stock

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