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Saundaryalahari of Shankaracarya

(The Upsurging Billow of Beauty)

The Saundaryalahari has fascinated and puzzled generations of scholars and laypersons; subject to continuing study and debate, till today, such details as the authorship of the 100 verses named the Saundaryalahari remain a matter of contention, particularly among scholars.

While some attribute it to Shankara, others argue that the Saundaryalaharis verses in praise of the Devi cannot have been authored by this staunch Vedantin; some argue that it's value is essentially in the realm of what is loosely called "tantra," while others extend the significance of the Saundaryalahari to include the preoccupations of Vedanta.

Nataraja Guru is unequivocal in his belief that none other than Shankara could have composed this masterpiece of mystical poetry and identifies internal evidence in the verses themselves to support this view.

The detailed commentary views the Saundaryalahari as Advaita Vedanta itself, presented in a pictorial language and the beauty of the goddess as an objective representation of the Absolute joy of the Advaita.

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The Saundaryalahari has fascinated and puzzled generations of scholars and laypersons; subject to continuing study and debate, till today, such details as the authorship of the 100 verses named the Saundaryalahari remain a matter of contention, particularly among scholars.

While some attribute it to Shankara, others argue that the Saundaryalaharis verses in praise of the Devi cannot have been authored by this staunch Vedantin; some argue that it's value is essentially in the realm of what is loosely called "tantra," while others extend the significance of the Saundaryalahari to include the preoccupations of Vedanta.

Nataraja Guru is unequivocal in his belief that none other than Shankara could have composed this masterpiece of mystical poetry and identifies internal evidence in the verses themselves to support this view.

The detailed commentary views the Saundaryalahari as Advaita Vedanta itself, presented in a pictorial language and the beauty of the goddess as an objective representation of the Absolute joy of the Advaita.

  • Binding: : Hardbound
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788124602676
  • 10 Digit ISBN : 8124602670
  • Edition : 2nd Impression
  • Year : 2008
  • Pages : xxvi, 573p.
  • Size : 23
  • Weight (approx.) : 1000
  • Bibliographic Details : Diagrams; Appendices; Glossary; Index; Bibliography

Foreword

-- Swami Muni Narayana Prasad

The Structural Secrets of the Saundaryalahari

-- Scott Teitsworth

Preliminaries
Generalities
Inner Space and Structuralism
Shankara's Saundaryalahari
Shankara as a Dialectical Revaluator
The Nature of the Text
Further Implications of Structural Language
Yantra, Mantra and Tantra
The Meaning of Lahari
The Alphabet of the World of Beauty
Elements of the Perceptual Components of the World of Beauty
A Word about Bindusthana
Structural Dynamism
Other Miscellaneous Ideograms
Functional Monomarks of Graded and Duplicated Divinities or Presences
A Drama Unfolding within the 'Self' as in the 'Non-Self'

Part I -- Anandalahari

Commentary (verses 1-41)

Part II -- Saundaryalahari

Commentary (verses 42-100)
Appendices

I  : Saubhhagyalakshmi Upanishad
II : Yogaraja Upanishad
translations Dr. Hypatia A. Chaitanya

Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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