The Integral Yoga of Sri Lalita Sahasranamam (Nama-Wise Commentary in English with Text in Sanskrit)
Swami (Devi) Vasantananda, a medical graduate of Madras University, was initiated by Swami Sivananda Saraswathi of Rishikesh into Sanyasa Order in 1957. Since then she has been conducting spiritual discourses and satsangas all over India and abroad. She is learned and eloquent. She has written commentaries on the Upanishads, Srimad Bhagavadgita, Lalita Sahasranama, Srimad Bhagavatam, Patanjali Yoga Sutras and Tatva Bodha.
Her father and grandfather were close associates of the great Tamil poet- patriot Sri Subramania Bharati during his exile in Pondicherry. The reminiscences written by her father have been compiled and edited and published by her as a centenary tribute to the poet during Bharati centenary celebrations. The book is written in Tamil and is titled “Puduvayil Bharatiar.”
She had established an Ashram in Uttarakashi in the Himalayas and had another one in Madras and a few spiritual centres at other places in India and abroad.
She is the Founder President of the Lokakshema Trust devoted to spiritual, religious, cultural and social activities.
Trained in Carnatic Music, she has also established a Kirtana Mandali for ladies to conduct Bhajans and Namasankirtanam.
The present work, our Nama-wise commentary of Sri. Lalita Sahasranaman, it must be said at the very outset, is not exhaustive in detail and content. It deals with the subject only in a very general and as far as the text permits in a popular way that would appeal to the modern reader with more knowledge of English than Sanskrit. We are the conjoint authors of this work. We have co-operated and assisted each other in bringing out this publication.
What is “Sri. Lalita Sahasranamam?” just as Veda Vyasa has assigned to Srimad Bhagvad Gita which is the essence of the Upanishads an important and central place in the Mahabharata, he has set this glorious Sahasranama (The thousand names of the Divine Mother Sri. Lalita) as the central gem in his purana called Brahmanda Purana.
Among the different stotras- hymns and prayers of worship of the Divine Mother or the Devi- this stotra of thousand names of Sri. Lalita is very popular and famous and is universally recited by the devout worshippers of Sakti. This aspect of Sri. Lalita Sahasranama has been pointed out by His Holiness Bharati Tirtha Maha- swamigal- the present Pontiff to Sri. Sringeri Sarada Pitham established by Sri. Adi Sankaracharya- in the Srimukham of His Holiness for our work.
As mentioned by His Holiness in the Srimukham, the ancient well known and exhaustive commentary known as “Saubhagya Bhaskara” of the great savant Sri. Bhaskararaya witten in Sanskrit which is an authoritative work on the subject has been the basis of our commentary.
We have in our commentary followed the guidance given by “Saubhagya Bhaskara” in bringing a modern approach in rendering the meaning in English to facilities the easy grasp of the meaning and purport of the Namas by the present day readers. We have often done this by taking the guidance also of great modern saints who have popularised the tenets and philosophy of Tantras and the worship of Sakti. In this particularly the writings of Sri. Aurobindo have been very helpful.
An important fact that is pinpointed in the Srimukham of His Holiness is that the thousand names of Sri. Lalita are not merely descriptive of the form of the Divine Mother but they also unfold profound truths of Tantric doctrines, rituals and various yogic practices. To bring out lucidly these more important aspects of the text to the modern readers we have often referred to the very valuable works of “Arthur Avalon” (sri john Woodroffe).
In conclusion we wish to say that the recitation and deep study along with the pursuit of the practical process of sadhana unfolded in the thousand names of Devi Sri. Lalita will confer all the auspicious things on the devotees of the Divine Mother.
Finally, we have to mention that we cannot find adequate words to express our eternal sense of gratitude to His Holiness Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamigal for the blessing and encouragement given to our present publication by writing an inspiring Srimukham.
|Srimukham from Sri Sringeri Sri Jagadguru||v|
|Sri Lalita Sahasranama Stotram (in Sanskrit)||S1-S31|
|Sri Lalita Trisati Stotram (in Sanskrit)||S32-S36|
|The Advent of the Divine Mother||11|
|Mother's Cosmic Form||18|
|Abode and Seat of the Divine Mother||47|
|Mantra Form of the Divine Mother||69|
|The Kula and Samaya Paths||73|
|The Essence of all Delight and the Form described as Kshetra and Kshetrajna is the Divine Mother||151|
|Bondage and Release||165|
|The Meaning of the Word 'Tat' and Four- fold Speech||170|
|The Order of Creation||184|
|Devi is Self-luminious, Immeasurable, Light of All Lights||199|
|The Stula From of Devi and the Kaula Path||208|
|Mantra Vidya is Siddha Vidya||220|
|Other Qualities of Devi for Practice of Bhakti Yoga||243|
|Cultivation of Virtues in Sadhana||263|
|Para Sakti is of the Nature of Pure Consciousness||264|
|Devi as Gurumurti||266|
|The State of Kevala||273|
|UMA…. The Three Syllabled||282|
|Devi is of the Form of Jnana||284|
|Perception and Yoga||286|
|Triple Shaktis of Creation and its Purpose||296|
|The Form of the Mother is Sachidananda||301|
|The Mighty Spiritual Dominion and its Anxiliary||308|
|The Nature and Identity of Conditioned and Unconditioned Reality||313|
|Devi as 'Muktirupini' or of the Form of Liberation||326|
|Sakti as Immanent and Transcendental||345|
|Supreme Light is the Supreme Abode||355|
|The Supreme is Proclaimed by all the Upanishads||370|
|End of Sin and Pain||380|
|Devi is Beyond Cause and Effect||384|
|The Import of 'Tat' and 'Tvam'||399|
|Mind the Instrument for Practice||415|
|The Ten Mudras, Sri Chakra and the Summing Up||433|
|Appendix (I)- The Sixty- four 'Upacharas'||456|
|Appendix (II)- The Sixty- four Arts||461|
|Appendix (III)- Sri Chakra- Sristi Krama||463|
|Sri Lalita Tripurasundari Devi||20a|
|Sri Gayatri Devi||200a|
|Kundalini -Chakras||232 - 232a|
Item Code: NAN018 Author: Swami Vasantananda and N. Ramachandran Cover: Paperback Edition: 2010 Publisher: Lokakshema Trust, Chennai Language: English and Sanskrit Size: 8.5 inch x 5.5 inch Pages: 512 Other Details: Weight of the Book: 620 gms