Item Code: IDF717
by L.M. JoshiPaperback (Edition: 2009)
D.K. Printworld (P) Ltd.
Language: With Original Text in Sanskrit, Roman Transliteration and Detailed Explanation of Each Name
Size: 8.5" x 5.5"
Price: $32.50 Shipping Free
From the Back of the Book:
In the Hindu sacred literature, Sahasranamas: 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 eulogizing Sakti: the Mother Goddess, this Sahasranama is not justa masterly exposition of Sri Lalita's cult, but also sets out the deity's diverse epithets - like, for instance, Kundalini, Nirguna, Saguna, Parasakti or Brahman - which continue to evoke reverence as mantras with 'mystic powers'. Also included among these names are the goddess's other panegyric description that have come to have profound, esoteric connotations in tantric practices - epitomizing, thus the fundamental tenets of tantrasastra.
Here is a brilliant critical edition of Lalita-Sahasranama meticulously analyzing, for the first time, each of Sri 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 underscores the high importance of Lalita-Sahasranama in philosophy, tantra, yoga, sahasranama literature, and ritual 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.
About the Author:
Labhshankar M. Joshi is a 1953-born, distinguished Sanskrit scholar, with specialized interests in Vedantic philosophy, yoga, astrology and tantrasastra, 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 tantrasastra.
Currently teaching Sanskrit at the M.S. University, Baroda, Dr. Joshi has already authored three books and numerous articles on astrology, yoga and tantra.
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 Appendix -Alphabetical List of the 1000 names Bibliography Index