Author: Swami Tapasyananda
Translator(s): Swami Tapasyananda
Publisher: Sri Ramakrishna Math
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8171202446
This commentary with Sanskrit Text, Transliteration, Translation and Notes, is a hymn of praise of the Divine Mother known as Tripurasundari, Lalita, Soadasi etc., in Her Creative aspect. Besides being a highly poetical composition, it is also a Mantra Sastra, the source of many Mantras used in the adoration of the Divine Mother for the attainment of various blessings of life.
Saundaryalahari, the great hymn of Sri Sankara, dealing with the cult of Mother worship, is the most popular Sanskrit hymn of its kind. In South India, especially, it is studied not only by practitioners of Sri-Vidya, but learnt by heart and recited in a devotional spirit every day by persons who know no Sanskrit at all.
The Divine Mother is worshipped and meditated upon in many aspects. In this Text She is adored in Her Creative aspect under the name Tripura, which means the Mother who embodies the three Bindus or creative stresses.
Saundarya-lahari (or the Inundation of Divine Splendor) is a highly poetical but at the same time a tough technical work of Sri Sankaracarya, who was both the Bhasyakara (commentator) on the Texts of Vedanta philosophy, as also the Sanmata-sthapaka (the founder of the systems of worship of the six Deities of the Hindu pantheon). It also deals with the technicalities of Sri Cakra and its worship according to the Samaya tradition.
The very recitation of this hymn is considered by many to be an adoration of the Divine. The present book will be helpful to such devotees in understanding the meaning of its verses through an English translation and Notes based on the commentary of Laksmidhara on the hymn.