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Lalita-Sahasranama — A Comprehensive Study of One Thousand Names of Lalita Maha-Tripurasundari

With Original Text in Sanskrit, Roman Transliteration and Critical Explanation of Each Name by: L.M. Joshi

It analyses, for the first time, each of Sri Lalita’s thousand names, through themes like the Goddess’s anthropomorphic forms, abodes and ritualistic worship. It underscores the importance of Lalita-Sahasranama in philosophy, tantra, yoga, sahasranama literature, etc.

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Year Of Publication: 2017
Edition: 3rd
Pages : xxi, 470
Bibliographic Details : Appendix; Bibliography; 7 Colour illustrations; Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 23 cm.
Weight: 750

Overview

In the Hindu sacred literature, Sahasra-namas: the texts embodying literally “the Thousand Names” of a deity, constitute a genre in their own right. And Lalita-Sahasranama (LS) is a veritable classic in the traditional writings of the kind — a classic widely acknowledged for its lucidity, clarity and poetic excellence. A medieval work of unknown authorship eulogising Shakti: the Mother Goddess, this Sahasranama is not just a masterly exposition of Shri Lalita’s cult, but also sets out the deity’s diverse epithets — like, for instance, Kundalini, Nirguna, Saguna, Parashakti or Brahman — which continue to evoke reverence as mantras with ‘mystic powers’. Also included among these names are the goddess’s other panegyric descriptions that have come to have profound, esoteric connotations in tantric practices — epitomizing, thus, the fundamental tenets of tantrashastra. Here is a brilliant critical edition of Lalita-Sahasranama meticulously analysing, for the first time, each of Shri Lalita’s thousand names — by a variety of themes, like the Goddess’s conceptual representations, anthropomorphic forms, disposition, abodes, kinships/consorts, ritualistic worship, and her supremacy in pantheonic hierarchy. Also explaining and interpreting anew these thousand names on the basis of time-honoured commentaries, Dr. Joshi under-scores the high importance of Lalita-Sahasranama in philosophy, tantra, yoga, sahasranama literature, and rituals of various descriptions. The book includes the original Sanskrit text of LS, its romanised transliteration and, additionally, an Appendix listing Sri Lalita’s thousand names in the A-Z sequence.

Contents

Foreword
Preface
Transliteration Scheme
Abbreviations
1. Introduction
2. Date, Home and Authorship of the LS
3. Text of the Lalita-Sahasranama
4. Textual Study of the 1000 Names
5. Analytical Study of the 1000 Names
6. Conclusion
Plates of Cakras
Muladhara Cakra
Svadhishthana Cakra
Manipura Cakra
Anahata Cakra
Vishuddha Cakra
Ajna Cakra
Sahsrara cakra
Appendix
Alphabetical List of the 1000 names
Bibliography
Index

Meet the Author
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1953
Labhshankar M. Joshi is a 1953-born, distinguished Sanskrit scholar, with specialized interests in Vedantic philosophy, yoga, astrology and tantrashastra, For about two decades now, he has given courses in Yoga and Yoga Philosophy at Yoga Niketan -- a professional institute of Baroda. And, besides his active involvement with a number of national/international astrological societies, has been an “invited speaker” of the All India Radio as well. He holds Ph.D. on tantrashastra Currently teaching Sanskrit at the M.S. University, Baroda, Dr. Joshi has already authored three books and numerous articles on astrology, yoga and tantra.
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