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Shakti: Realm of the Divine Mother

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Presents the mystery of the Divine Mother in all her manifold aspects

• Explores more than 30 different goddess aspects of the Shakti force, both beneficial and malefic

• Includes Sanskrit hymns and classic verses by Sri Auribindo for each of the goddesses

Shakti is synonymous with the Devi, the Divine Mother or divine power that manifests, sustains, and transforms the universe. She is the womb of all creatures, and it is through her that the One becomes the many. Our first and primary relationship to the world is through the mother, the source of love, security, and nourishment. Extending this relationship to worship of a cosmic being as mother was a natural step found not only in the Shakti cult of Hinduism but also in ancient Greek, Egyptian, and Babylonian cultures.

Shakti presents more than 30 goddess incarnations of the Divine Mother that represent both the beneficial and malefic aspects of the Shakti force. From Lakshmi, Parvati, and Saraswati to Durga, Chandika, and Kali--each of the different functions of the female goddesses in the Hindu pantheon is revealed, accompanied by traditional Sanskrit hymns, classic verses by Sri Auribindo, and discussions of tantric philosophy. The author draws from the Devi Bhagavatham, which describes all the stories of Shakti, and the Devi Mahatmyam, the most powerful scriptural text that glorifies Shakti in her form as Durga. Using these texts she shows that through the power and grace of the Divine Mother we may be released from the darkness of ignorance and taken to the abode of knowledge, immortality, and bliss--the source from which we have come.

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Shakti explains the mystery of the Divine Mother in all her manifestions, exploring more than 30 different goddess aspects of the Shakti force, both beneficial and malefic, along with Sanskrit hymns and classic verses by Sri Auribindo for each goddess.

About the Author

Mataji Devi Vanamali has written seven books on the gods of the Hindu pantheon, including Hanuman, The Play of God, The Song of Rama, and Shakti, as well as translating the Bhagavad Gita. She is the founder and president of Vanamali Gita Yogashram, dedicated to sharing the wisdom of Sanatana Dharma and charitable service to children. She lives at the Vanamali ashram at Rishikesh in northern India.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Swami Kriyananda

Introduction

1 Prakriti

2 Parameswari

3 Maha Devi

4 Rajarajeshwari

5 Maheswari

6 Parashakti

7 Lalitha

8 Tripurasundari

9 Kameswari

10 Durga

11 Chandika

12 Mahishasuramardini

13 Chamunda

14 Sati

15 Dakshayini

16 Parvati

17 Aparna

18 Gauri

19 Ganga

20 Kaali

21 Lakshmi

22 Saraswati

23 Radha

24 Tulasi

25 Sita

26 Savitri

27 Shivaduti

28 Adi Shakti

29 Maha Maya

30 Sri Chakra

31 Devi Kundalini

Appendix 1. Poems on the Divine Mother

Appendix 2. Hindu Scriptures

Appendix 3. Names of Goddesses

Appendix 4. Names of Gods

Appendix 5. Names of Demons (Asuras)

Appendix 6. Alphabetical List of Mantras

Glossary of Sanskrit Terms

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781594771996
Author:
Vanamali
Publisher:
Inner Traditions International
Subject:
Spirituality-Divine Mother, the Goddess, Quan Yin
Subject:
Hinduism - General
Subject:
Goddesses, hindu
Subject:
Hindu goddesses
Subject:
Metaphysics-General
Subject:
SELF-KNOWLEDGE;SPIRITUALITY/WOMEN S STUDIES;TANTRA/EASTERN RELIGIONS;ANCIENT WISDOM;COSMOLOGY;EASTERN PHILOSOPHY;EASTERN SPIRITUALITY;HINDUISM;HINDUISM/MYTHOLOGY;INNER TRADITIONS OF INDIA;INNER TRADITIONS OF THE EAST
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20080731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.8 in 21.98 oz

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