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Dakshinamurti Stotra

translated by Alladi Mahadeva Sastri


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Dakshinamurti is an aspect of the Hindu god Shiva, as a teacher. Dakshinamurti literally means 'one who is facing south.' An image of Shiva as Dakshinamurti is part of every temple to Shiva, installed facing south.

This work primarily contains the Dakshinamurti Stotra, along with commentary by the translator, as well as two shorter works, the Pranava-Vartika and the Dakshinamurti-Upanishad. The Dakshinamurti Stotra is a treatise on Hindu philosophy, attributed to the sage Sankaracharya, comparing various schools of thought, including Buddhism, concerning the nature of reality.

Title Page
Preface to the First Edition
Preface to the Second Edition

Dakshinamurti Stotra

Chapter I. Atman as the Ego
Chapter II. Atman as the First Cause
Chapter III. Unity of Atman
Chapter IV. Atman the One Existence and Light
Chapter V. False Personations of Atman
Chapter VI. Atman the Eternal Existence
Chapter VII. Atman, the Eternal Light
Chapter VIII. Maya
Chapter IX. Devotion to Isvara
Chapter X. Perfection

II. Suresvaracharya's Pranava-Vartika


III. Daksinamurti-Upanishad