This extraordinary book has been long awaited by many devotees. It contains the essence of the well known scripture-Devi Mahatmya or Durga Shaptashati, also known as Chandi Path. It is a portion from the Markandeya Purana written by Sage Vyasa.
Devi Mahatmya is a unique scripture that views God as Mother, and presents highly mystical stories depicting the journey of the soul from darkness to Light-from the misery of bondage to the Bliss of Liberation.
Many a battle must be fought, many an illusion must be broken, many rare qualities of head and heart must unfold, in order that the soul may reach its ultimate destination. In this process. An aspirant turns to the Goddess for guidance, support, removal of obstacles, endowment of divine virtues, and enlightenment.
As Durga, She destroys gross impurities urging the aspirant to develop purity of heart. As Lakshmi, Shi brings about the blossoming of divine qualities such as humility, truthfulness and fearlessness and frees the mind of distractions. As Saraswati, She destroys ignorance and egoism, and leads the soul to the heights of spiritual enlightenment.
In every manifestation, the Devi wages war against the forces of darkness. These stories yield fascinating insights into the mystery of life and the art of attaining spiritual evolution. Swami Jyotirmayananda, with his unique intuitive insight, has presented the mystical meanings of these stories, bringing to light the profound treasure that lies hidden in this great scripture.
The very concept of worshipping God as Mother has captured head and heart of countless devotees not only in India, but in various parts of the world. In fact the Divine Self is sweeter than a thousand mothers, and mightier than a thousand fathers.
Every year, Navaratri Puja is performed in our ashram under the guidance of Swami Jyotirmayananda. During the serene hours of the morning, when the ashram garden softly emerges out of the blanket of darkness and is awakened by the song of birds, Swamiji conducts the most inspiring puja (worship). Each day Swamiji gives mystic insight into the stories of the Devi and their applications in daily life. Aspirants listen to the teachings, hear the inspiring songs and kirtans in praise of Devi, receive blessings from the Guru, and partake of delicious Prasad (holy food). The present book contains the gems of teachings culled from these wonderful talks by Swamiji.
We are thankful to our ashram staff for their diligent work in doing all that is needed in bringing out this precious book-composing, proof-reading, graphic artistry, masking, preparing plates, printing and binding.
May the Goddess bestow Her blessings on the readers of this excellent book!
Back of the Book
The Devi Mahatmya is a unique scripture that inspires the worship of God as Mother through its highly mystical stories depicting the journey of the soul from darkness to Light-from the misery of intuitive insight, Swami Jyotirmayananda has probed the philosophical meaning of these fascinating stories, bringing to light the mystical treasure that lies hidden in the exploits of the Devi.
For the soul to reach its ultimate destination-Liberation-many a battle must be fought, many an illusion must be broken, and many a rare quality of head and heart must unfold. In this extraordinary book, Swamiji reveals the divine art by which an aspirant can turn to the Goddess for guidance and support in this great project. Through Her compassionate Grace, spiritual movement becomes dynamic and joyous, culminating in the highest attainment-Liberation!
|The Glory of Mother Worship||11|
|God as Mother||11|
|Mother As Guide||12|
|The Significance of Navaratri Worship||14|
|Listen to Me, Oh Beloved Mother (song lyrics)||19|
|From Darkness to Light-Mysticism of Mahakali in the Ratri Sukta of Rig Veda|
|Oh Gentle Goddess (song Lyrics)||24|
|The Revelation of Ratri Sukta Elaborated into Devi Mahatmya||25|
|The All-Pervasive Mother||27|
|The Story Commences||33|
|The Ashram of Sage Medha||34|
|Verse fro Meditation on Meha Kali||39|
|Goddess as Durga||42|
|Verse for Meditation on Maha Lakshmi||49|
|Destruction of Mahishasura||55|
|Oh Mother, Goddess Durga (song lyrics)||64|
|Verse for Meditation on Maha Saraswati||65|
|Oh Goddess Lakshmi, Abide in My House (song lyrics)||68|
|Manifestation of Maha Saraswati||69|
|Destruction of Dhumralochana||72|
|Destruction of Chanda and Munda||73|
|Destruction of Raktabija||74|
|Destruction of Nishumbha||83|
|Destruction of Shumba||84|
|Oh Holy Mother, Touch Me (song lyrics)||88|
|Narayani Stuti (Adorations to Goddess Narayani)||92|
|The Glory of the Scripture||98|
|Conclusion of the Story||101|
|Turn Towards the Universal Mother||107|
|Relax in Her Divine Arms||113|
|The All-Compassionate Destroyer||116|
|The Plan of Navaratri Puja||118|
|Attainment of Spiritual Victory||125|
|Worship the Divine Mother Every Day of Your Life||127|
|Worship of Goddess Durga||127|
|Worship of Goddess Lakshmi||130|
|Worship of Goddess Saraswati||136|
|Prayer to Devi (song lyrics)||140|
|Thoughts for Meditation on Each Night of Mother Worship||141|
|The Worship of Goddess Durga||141|
|The Worship of Goddess Lakshmi||146|
|The Worship of Goddess Saraswati||153|
|The Glory of Goddess||160|
|Prayers to Devi-the Cosmic Mother||162|
|Selections from Devi Sukta||168|
|Arati-The Waving of Light Ceremony||170|
|Oh Goddess Saraswati (song lyrics)||176|
|Chants for Auspiciousness||177|
|Oh Goddess Saraswati (Song Lyrics)||181|
|Meditation on the Mother as Energy||182|
|Oh Devi Durga (song lyrics)||185|
|The Mysterious Ways of Maya (A parable adapted from Devi Bhagavata)||186|
|The Rise and Fall of the Ego (A mystic story from Devi Bhagavata)||192|
Item Code: IDK132 Author: Swami Jyotirmayananda Cover: Hardcover Edition: 2005 Publisher: International Yoga Society ISBN: 8185883505 Language: English Size: 8.7" X 5.6" Pages: 200 (Illustrated with B/W Figures) Other Details: WEIGHT OF THE BOOK : 360 GMS