About the Book
book deals with all those components, which help understanding Sri Vidya and
Sri Cakra better. The book consists of nine chapters,
symbolically representing the nine enclosures, navavranas
in the Sri Cakra. From a very basic introduction
required to understand the concept of Mantra, Yantra and Tantra it gradually
moves on to the subtleties by discussing allied aspects in the later chapters.
After discussing the geometrical features of Sri Cakra
and the details of nine enclosures there is a chapter on Sri Cakra and Sri Vidya, followed by one on Kundalini. It deals
with the esoterics with an exclusive chapter on the
meaning of the Mantra and another on the concept of Tripura Sundari.
The next chapter is about puja where a simple puja sequence is given from among
the many available with necessary cautions and precautions.
appendix of this book carries the eleven compositions of Kamalamba Navavarana
Krtis of Muttusvami Diksitar. The songs are given in Sanskrit text,
transliterated with diacritical marks with word to word meaning and summary in
English. Sriram Parasuram and Anooradha
Sriram have rendered them in 2 CDs enclosed.
About the Author
Dr. Pappu Venugopala Rao has three
Masters - Telugu, English and Sanskrit literatures, a Doctoral
degree in Sanskrit and Telugu and an All India Gold medal in Business
Authored about 15 books, more than hundred research
papers on Religion, Philosophy, Music and Dance.
English translation of a classical Telugu poem, 'Dasarathy
Satakam' published by the PS Telugu University,
book "Flowers at His Feet - an insight into Annamacharya's
compositions" won many awards.
the Best Paper Awards several times at The Music Academy for Lecture Demonstrations
Won the award for the Best Lecture Demonstration of Kuchipudi Dance at Sri Krishna Gana
than 15 audio cassettes, COS and discs of his compositions made with stalwarts
like Dr. Balamurali Krishna, Sangita
Kalanidhi Sri Nedunuri
Krishna Murthy and others.
Written compositions for dancers, musicians and even
Written script for the world's first animated Ramayana
Dance Dramas written mostly in Sanskrit are extremely well received and
performed all over the world.
and titles received: "Kalavipanchi", "Sangeetha Saastra Visaarada", "Sangeeta Saastra
Siromani", " Ashtavadhaana
committee member of The Music Academy, Chennai;
for 'The Hindu'
Contributing Editor for the dance and music monthly 'Sruti'.
presently the Associate Director General (Programs) of the American Institute
of Indian Studies, Chennai.
My Spiritual Gurus
CHAPTER 1 - Mantra, Yantra and
CHAPTER 2 - What is Sri Cakra
CHAPTER 3 - The Nine Enclosures
CHAPTER 4 - Sri Cakra and Sri Vidya
CHAPTER 5 - Sri Cakra and Kundalini
CHAPTER 6 - Tripura Sundari
CHAPTER 7 - Meaning of the
CHAPTER 8 - Puja Sequence
CHAPTER 9 - Scriptures on Sri
Kamalamba Navavarana Krtis
Original Tantric Texts (24)
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