Pranaam and prostrations to Lord Ganapathi
Sāndeepa means “Light of the evening: Brightest flame” or “Sandhyā” – A spiritual quest to see the Light of Lights residing in one’s Heart.
Sāndeepa is a spiritual journey to Self-Realization through the stories, biographies, teachings and experiences of Rishis, Great Masters, Gurus, Jnanis and Jeevanmuktas. Sāndeepa is a free online library and book community to help a seeker understand the philosophy of Existence, Self-Enquiry and Self-Surrender in the discourses and instructions in the Scriptures to encourage them to follow a path that he or she feels comfortable in to realize the Self.
Sāndeepa is a collaborative effort of two authors to try to understand the purpose of one’s existence and how to spend time in a manner deemed appropriate and fit by the Supreme Creator from the moment of one’s creation till one’s inevitable demise as is the Law of Nature.
This same thought has been reflected in the legendary Yaksha Prashna, a battle of wits between Yudhishthira and Yamarāja in the guise of a yaksha in the Mahabharata where, Dharmarāja Yudhishthira is asked what is the most amazing thing/phenomenon in this universe to which He replies, “A man who thinks he will live forever when death is staring at his face”.
The contributing authors have spent considerable time studying the doctrines rendered by Sanakadi Paramarshis, Shree Shuka Paramarshi, Saptha Rshis, Great Rishis and Gurus, Adi Shankara or Shankara Bhagavatpada, Sadguru Sri Seshadri Swamigal of Thiruvannamalai, Sri Ramana Maharshi of Thiruvannamalai, Vedas, Puranas, Upanishads, Bhagawad Gita among others.
About the contributing authors:
V. Suryanarayan (1930-2016) : A Jeevanmukta, who led an exemplary praiseworthy life based on the doctrines and teachings of Rishis – a disciplined simple austere life dedicated to charity, sacrifice, japa, thapa, homa and yagna and helping countless people in their difficult times through kind words, witty anecdotes, astrological consultations, Vedic remedial measures, mantra upadesha and sadhana, monetary assistance and tireless service to many religious institutions and Ashrams. He was always a picture of kindness, radiance and bliss and his immersion and absorption into the Self was an inspiration to all those who had the privilege of associating with him. It was always a delight to hear him speak and share his experiences of thapas in various Temples and kshetras and instructions and humorous stories told in the long sessions of Nadi Shastras as he was a quiet man – ever peaceful within his Self.
An eminent lawyer, a successful entrepreneur, a brilliant astrologer, a creative artist, an eloquent orator, an erudite scholar, an intuitive writer and author of many highly appreciated books: “Aurora of Arunachala”, “Vignettes of Vedanta”, “Kavirājarshimārga”, the magnum opus in Kannada to name a few.
Lakshmi. S (1980-)
(Copyright: With the Authors)
Na karmana na prajaya dhanena
tyagenaike amrta tvamanasuh
parena nakam nihitam guhayam
vibhrajate yadyatayo visanti
Neither by actions, nor by (acquiring) progeny and wealth, but by renunciation alone is Immortality attained. (That Supreme State ) is far beyond the highest heaven, and the Sages perceive it, hidden in the cave of the heart, shining brilliantly therein.
Vedanta vijnana suniscitarthah
samnyasa yogadyataya suddha sattvah
te brahma lokesu paranta kale
paramratah parimucyanti sarve
(Those) Sages, who have a clear understanding of the principles of Vedanta, who have purified themselves by means of the yoga of renunciation, and who are (thus) established in the state of supreme beatitude, are totally liberated in Brahman at the time of dissolution of the body.
Dharam vipapam paramesma bhutam
yad pundarikam puramadhya sagastham
tatrapi dahram gaganam visokam
tasmin ya dantastatu pasidavyam
Located in the center of the city of the body is the subtle lotus of the heart, pure and untainted, which is the abode of the Supreme. Meditate on the Supreme Being residing in that inner expanse, which is subtle and free from sorrow.
Yo vedadau svara proktah vedante ca pratistitaha
tasya prakriti linasya yah parahssa mahesvaraha
That which is described as the primal sound (AUM) in the beginning of the Vedas, has been fully established as the Supreme Truth at the end of the Vedas (the Upanishads) . The one who realizes that the Supreme Principle is beyond all understanding of those totally immersed in physical realities is indeed, none other than the Supreme Lord!
Na tatra suryo bhati na candra tarakam
nema vidyuto bhanti kutoyam agnihi
tameva bhantam anubhati sarvam
tasya bhasa sarvam idam vibhati
There the sun does not shine, nor do the moon and the stars. These streaks of lightning do not shine there either, (so) what to speak of this fire? That, shining, makes all others shine. By virtue of its luminosity, all these (manifestations) are illuminated.