Overview for Saundaryalahari of Sri Sankaracarya with Transliteration
Saundarya-lahari (or The Inundation of Divine Splendour') is a highly poetical but at the same time a tough technical work of Sri Sankaracarya, who was both the Bhasyskara (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). While this Text is a hymn of praise of the Divine Mother known as Tripurasundari. Lalita, Sodasi, etc., in Her creative aspect, it also deals with the technicalities of Sri Cakra and its worship according to the Samaya tradition. Besides being a highly poetical composition, it is also a Mantra Sanstra, the source of many Mantras used in the adoration of the Divine Mother for the attainment of various blessings of life.
The very recitation of this hymn is considered as 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.
Swami Tapasyananda (Translator)
Swami Tapasyanandaji Mahara] (1904- 1991), a Vice-president of the Ramakrishna Order, was a disciple of Swami Shiva- nandaji Maharaj, one of the eminent disciples of Sri Ramakrishna, and received Sannyasa from his Guru in 1932. For three decades he was head of Sri Ramakrishna Ashrama, Trivandrum, and took over as President of the Chennai Centre in 1971.
He was an erudite scholar in both English and Sanskrit. He has written many books in English and also translated several important Hindu Scriptures into English. His translation of Srimad Bhagavatam in four volumes has been highly acclaimed in intellectual and devotional circles.