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Saktyullasah = Sharika Devi: A Yogini of Kashmir

A Volume of Tribute on her Birth Centenary by: Neerja Mattoo

Sharika Devi, the chief disciple of Swami Lakshman Joo, is a modern-day saint of Kashmir Saivism. A many-splendoured personality, she was constantly absorbed in God-consciousness while performing her worldly duties. This volume reminisces of her spiritual powers.

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ISBN: 9788124607183
Year Of Publication: 2014
Edition: 1st
Pages : ix, 174p.
Bibliographic Details : Bibliography; Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 23
Weight: 450

Overview

Kashmir has a long tradition of yoginis (female saints) and poetesses from ancient times. The life of Yogini Sharika Devi is a witness to this unbroken tradition till the twentieth century. This book delves into the life of Yogini Sharika Devi, who was always absorbed in spiritual practice and in serving her guru, Swami Lakshman Joo of Ishwer Ashram of Ishber, Srinagar, Kashmir. Being the chief disciple of Swamiji, Deviji was well focused on her sadhana and was devoted to the mantra of silence for her spiritual prosperity.
Thus she is one of the women saints of Kashmir Saivism. An ideal disciple of her Gurudeva, Deviji was a many-splendoured personality, constantly absorbed in God-consciousness while performing her worldly duties. A jivanamukta, as enunciated by her Gurudeva, she wholeheartedly dedicated her entire life to the service of her Master with single-minded devotion. Though she led a simple life, many were witness to her spiritual powers while she was alive.
This volume, being brought out at the centenary celebrations of her birth, is a compilation of tributes from various people who knew Sharika Devi from close quarters, and who were a witness to her compassion and spiritual powers on numerous occasions. A valuable part of the book is Sharika Devi’s own contribution to it in the form of her mystic poems. An introduction by the internationally known scholar of Kashmir Saivism, Bettina Sharada Bäumer, makes the book invaluable.

Contents

Foreword
— Prabha Devi
Acknowledgement
Introduction
— Bettina Sharada Bäumer
Sarika Devi Carcastavah
— Acharya Rameshwar Jha
Acharya Rameshwar Jha
Photo Gallery
I Sharika Vakh: Mystical Poems of Sharika Devi
II Tributes and Reminiscences
The Making of a Yogini
— Mohan Lal Sopory
Homage to Sharika Devi
— Prithvinath Pushp
Vision of Calmness
— B.N. Pandit
Sharika Devi: Stable in Supreme Conscious State
— Kapil Sopory
From Darkness to Sunshine
— Suresh Sopory
The Divine Mother
— Subodh Sopory
Transmitting Spirituality Through?Silence
— Sudhir Sopory
Didda Pyariji: The Hidden Saint
— Pratibha Bhan
My Experiences with Sharikaji
— Ashok Dhar
The Divine Presence
— Bettina Sharada Bäumer
Three Saintly Women
— Triloki Nath Ganju
Mother Sharika
— Pramod Sharma
Shaktisvarupa Sharika Devi
— Yogendra Tiku
An Embodiment of Shakti
— H.N. Jalali
Homage to Sharika Ma
— Manmohan Dhar
Devi Ma
— Jaya Kaul
Salutations
— Gaurishori
III Glimpses of Deviji’s Wit and Wisdom
IV Sharika Devi: The Cosmic Mother in the Sakta
Tradition of Kashmir
— Advaitavadini Kaul

Meet the Author
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Neerja Mattoo is a Srinagar-based writer and translator. Before her retirement, she was Principal and Head of Department of English at the Government College for Women, Srinagar. Apart from other works and papers published in academic journals, she has published three collections of contemporary Kashmiri short stories translated into English: The Stranger Beside Me, Contemporary Kashmiri Short Stories, and Kath Stories from Kashmir, which have been very favourably reviewed. She also co-edited a book on the Kashmiri saint Bhagwan Gopinath. She was awarded a British Council Visitorship to the University of Oxford in 1984 and a Human Resource Ministry's Senior Fellowship in 1997 to work on Kashmiri women poets.
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