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The Saundaryalahari (Anandalahari)

by: Nitya Chaitanya Yati

This book comprises the first part of Saundaryalahari, popularly known as Anandalahari. The text is a protolinguistic composition using a pictorial language of images. The absolute joy of Advaita is presented subjectively as ananda and objectively as saundarya. For the contemplation of the Shri Chakra, 53 meditations have also been provided.

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ISBN: 9788124608104
Year Of Publication: 2015
Edition: 2nd Revised edition
Pages : xix, 259
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 23
Weight: 1000

Overview

This book comprises the first part of Saundarya Lahari (The Upsurging Billow of Beauty), popularly known as Ananda Lahari, covering the first forty-one verses.
This poetic work has fascinated generations of scholars and laypersons with the sublime beauty of the verses in praise of the Devi, but also puzzled people by the authorship of Shankara. The text is a protolinguistic composition using a pictorial language of images. Beauty, elevated to the highest level, provides content to the otherwise abstract notion of the Absolute. The absolute joy of Advaita is presented subjectively as ananda and objectively as saundarya.
This tenth-century hymn to the Devi is a poetic restatement by the philosopher Shankara of his strict Advaita Vedanta monism. In a compelling series of verses, Shankara draws in many strands of India’s heritage and braids them into a vision of luminous, transcendent Beauty.
The present commentary by Guru Nitya Chaitanya Yati grew out of his class of intimate meditations. He has integrated the academic disciplines of aesthetics, linguistics, and psychology with contemplation into a comprehensive study of creative manifestation. The heterodox Tantric Shri Vidya schools are centered on the realistic worship of the Devi or Goddess and the Shri Chakra. Keeping in line with contemplation, the Appendix provides 53 meditations on the Shri Chakra.

Contents

Acknowledgment
Guide to Sanskrit Pronunciation
Foreword
Photographic Credits
Introduction
Verse One
Verse Two
Verse Three
Verse Four
Verse Five
Verse Six
Verse Seven
Verse Eight
Verse Nine
Verse Ten
Verse Eleven
Verse Twelve
Verse Thirteen
Verse Fourteen
Verse Fifteen
Verse Sixteen
Verse Seventeen
Verse Eighteen
Verse Nineteen
Verse Twenty
Verse Twenty-one
Verse Twenty-two
Verse Twenty-three
Verse Twenty-four
Verse Twenty-five
Verse Twenty-six
Verse Twenty-seven
Verse Twenty-eight
Verse Twenty-nine
Verse Thirty
Verse Thirty-one
Verse Thirty-two
Verse Thirty-three
Verse Thirty-four
Verse Thirty-five
Verse Thirty-six
Verse Thirty-seven
Verse Thirty-eight
Verse Thirty-nine
Verse Forty
Verse Forty-one
Appendix: Meditations on Shrichakra
Verse One
Verse Two
Verse Three
Verse Four
Verse Five
Verse Six
Verse Seven
Verse Eight
Verse Nine
Verse Ten
Verse Eleven
Verse Twelve
Verse Thirteen
Verse Fourteen
Verse Fifteen
Verse Sixteen
Verse Seventeen
Verse Eighteen
Verse Nineteen
Verse Twenty
Verse Twenty-one
Verse Twenty-two
Verse Twenty-three
Verse Twenty-four
Verse Twenty-five
Verse Twenty-six
Verse Twenty-seven
Verse Twenty-eight
Verse Twenty-nine
Verse Thirty
Verse Thirty-one
Verse Thirty-two
Verse Thirty-three
Verse Thirty-four
Verse Thirty-five
Verse Thirty-six
Verse Thirty-seven
Verse Thirty-eight
Verse Thirty-nine
Verse Forty
Verse Forty-one
Verse Forty-two
Verse Forty-three
Verse Forty-four
Verse Forty-five
Verse Forty-six
Verse Forty-seven
Verse Forty-eight
Verse Forty-nine
Verse Fifty
Verse Fifty-one
Verse Fifty-two
Verse Fifty-three
Index

Meet the Author
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1924
After his matriculation, Guru Nitya left home as a wandering mendicant to familiarize himself with the land and people of his country of birth. He met great leaders like Mahatma Gandhi and poets of high repute and sat at the feet of several spiritual masters, including Sufi fakirs, Jain munis, and Buddhist monks, and Hindu teachers such as Ramana Maharshi and Nityananda. In 1947 he joined the University College, Alwaye, Kerala to continue his academic studies. After specializing in philosophy and psychology, he taught these subjects in Indian universities. In 1951, he accepted Nataraja Guru - founder and head of the Narayana Gurukula - as his spiritual preceptor. In 1973 he followed him as head and Guru of the Gurukula, a world community of spiritual seekers. Between 1970 and 1980 he taught courses in psychology, philosophy, yoga, and aesthetics at universities in the US and other countries. He also was the chairperson of the East-West University of Unitive Sciences and the Commissioner for World Education. Guru Nitya published over 120 books in Malayalam and 80 books in English, as well as countless articles on philosophy, psychology, social ethics, and aesthetics. His writings combine rare insight and profound wisdom with an ability to communicate in terms readily understood by students everywhere.
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