Samartha Ramdas Swami was a great saint and devotee of Lord Rama. He was the Guru of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Swami was a gifted composer. He produced considerable literature in verse form in Marathi Language. Among his works, three compositions particularly stand out: Dasabodh, and Manache Shlok.
Samarth Ramdas Swami has written 205 shlokas under a label Manache Shlok which means conversation with mind. Shlok literally means 'song' But Samarth Ramdas swami is instructing his mind to behave in a certain way. Its as conversation between him and his mind.
In today’s so called modern life everyone is in search of peace, true love and devotion. Everyone is suffering from tensions and stresses. Manache Shlok is the exact place where you can find peace, relaxation of mind and guidelines to progress in life on moral path. It is your true teacher who can tell you the right way to live life.
It is a one of the supreme literature of Marathi culture and great example of Bhujanga-Prayat Akshar-Gana-Vrutta. All 205 shloks are written in Bhujanga-Prayat Akshar-Gana-Vrutta.
Swami called himself as Ramdas which literally means Ram = Prabhu Rama and Das = servant. He was great devotee of Prabhu Rama. His mind was always thirsty for Rama Darshan. With this dedication towards Lord Rama Swami wrote 34 Karunashtake. Karunashtake are poems depicting Karunya Rasa to forget yourself in true devotion of Lord Rama.
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