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Chinmaya International Foundation (CIF) is the heart and sinew of its founder sage Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda whose idea was to build a study and research centre to facilitate academic alliance among scholars across the globe and to bring out the ancient terms and terminologies employed in the Vedas to the context of the modern way of life. He wanted to build a bridge to embrace the western minds with our heritage. CIF Shodha Sansthan (CIFSS) is a leading centre for advanced learning in Sanskrit and Indology in India with a good academic environment.
Manuscript section of CIFSS is a step towards preserving the ancient source of Indic knowledge. There are several manuscript libraries in our country. Unfortunately, there is no coordination among them. As a result, it is very difficult to retrieve information or copy of the manuscripts from the manuscript libraries for research purposes. To bridge this big communication gap, and to ensure better coordination, we are planning to make our centre ‘a point of contact’ among the manuscript libraries and their users.
Chinmaya International Foundation Shodha Sansthan has a reference Library that holds a carefully selected collection of about 22 thousand printed books and around 1800 non-printed manuscripts of paper and palm leaves in different scripts and languages. The book collection comprises of updated reference books, original texts of Sanskrit and commentaries on different subjects of Indology, bibliographies, monographs, catalogues of unpublished manuscripts of Indic and Asian origin, biographies and autobiographies, among other reference materials of encyclopaedias, dictionaries, journals, periodicals, etc. The Library has covered almost all the subjects of Indology, Poetics, Dramaturgy, Sanskrit literature, Vyakarana, Subhashitas and Suktis, Arts and Humanities, Indian Mathematics, Tantras, Ayurveda, Silpa, Indian Philosophies, Vedas, Manuscriptology, Hindi literature, English literature, Malayalam literature and so on.
Panchadashi, the composition of Swami Vidyaranya, is a Prakarana Grantha. The major emphasis of this text is to help sincere seekers in getting the perfect vision of the Truth without any doubt whatsoever, in the philosophical aspects of the truth.
This text, consisting of 15 chapters, is grouped into three categories: Viveka-panchakam, Dipa-panchakam and Ananda-panchakam. It is opined by commentators that the three aspects of Brahman – Sat (existence), Cit (consciousness) and Ananda (bliss), respectively are covered in each Panchakam.
The Sanskrit verses are powerful when invoked and chanted in the right manner. Chanting the hymns calms the mind, develops concentration, devotion and refinement of speech. Learning the Stotras perfectly will empower and inspire others to teach. Chanting kindles interest in Sanskrit, the mother of all languages. Also, chanting sanctifies the place and purifies the mind. Enroll and get enriched with the treasure of Stotras from Chinmaya Book Of Hymns and experience the beauty of internalizing them.
Melpathur Sri Narayana Bhattathiri composed the Narayaneeyam. He did worship in Guruvayoor temple to be cured of his disease of rheumaticism. On that occasion, he sum marised the entire Sreemad Bhagavatam and made it into 100 Dasakas that is known as ‘Narayaneeyam’. (also termed as mini Bhagavatham). 10 - 11 slokas contains in one Dasaka. He composed one Dasaka in one day and within 100 days, he completed this beautiful work Narayaneeyam. One who wants to revel in Bhagavat Smarana, this is the best text for that.
The ‘Shivananda Lahari’ meaning ‘Waves of Bliss Divine’, is a divinely beautiful poetic offering of 100 verses by Shri Adi Shankaracharya at the feet of Lord Shiva, in ecstatic moments of blissful Oneness with the Lord. A must study to heighten one’s devotion to the Lord and soar into the pinnacles of knowledge.
The 'Saundarya Lahari' meaning ‘The Waves of Beauty’, is a famous literary work in Sanskrit believed to be written by Sage Pushpadanta and Shri Adi Shankaracharya. It’s 103 shlokas (verses) eulogize the beauty, grace and munificence of Goddess Parvati / Dakshayani, consort of Lord Shiva.
To forget oneself totally, one’s mind should keep awake at every moment. A mind that has forgotten the past and the future, that is awake to the now, to the present, expresses the highest concentration of intelligence. It is alert, it is watchful, it is inspired. The actions of a man who has such a mind are exceptionally creative and perfect. Verily to forget oneself totally, is to be in perfection.