Author: Swami Chinmayananda
Publisher: Chinmaya Mission Trust
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8175973064
The Declarations of the Upanishads are called Mantras; they are statements that are to be reflected upon, whereby the individual comes to feel inspired and uplifted.
All our philosophical text-books are written out by the great seers and thinkers in the form of Sutras. The term, Sutra, means string-the string on which the arguments and thoughts are strung together to become an enchanting garland of ideas. Sutras are explanatory statements, and in their depths, they are also exploratory in their functions. The philosopher’s job is not only to explain things but also to explore the possibilities of wiser ways of living and to bring to the recognition of the student the greater wisdom, equipped with which he can become more efficient in his life.
The Western method of investigation into the authorship of a book is not workable in the ancient Hindu Scriptural textbooks. In practical philosophy the importance is not on who wrote it, but the emphasis is whether the philosophy does work. I
f these aphorisms plan out a sure way for the evolution of man it is immaterial who exactly was the author of this philosophical work. Traditionally they have been attributed to Narada, and therefore, these Aphorisms on Love stand today entitled, Narada Bhakti Sutra.