Saturday, February 28, 2009


The DARSANA MALA is a work whose form is strange for those used to the western tradition of philosophy. It is a poem of one hundred verses, divided into ten chapters of ten verses each. This is not unusual in the Indian tradition where aphoristic verses are often preferred to the long verbose treatises which are the only form used by western philosophy.
Panini's Grammar and Patanjali's Yoga Sutras are classic examples of this terse poetic style.
The DARSANA MALA is a mala, Sanskrit for a necklace or garland, of the "darsanas". A darsana is more or less translatable as a school of philosophy or a thought-system. Traditionally in India there are six schools, but here Narayana Guru has divided the poem into ten and not six sections, which do not correspond strictly to the traditional darsanas.
Perhaps the word darsana could be translated here as "philosophical viewpoint".
For example, the first chapter's point of view is that the world is real and has a creator.
The Guru however links them together by a common thread of value which runs through them all. Each darsana or "vision" is thus related structurally to the others, as are the verses inside each chapter.
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