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The Saundaryalahari of Sankaracarya: A Translation and Commentary on the Anandalahari

 
Nitya Chaitanya Yati (Author)
Synopsis

This book comprises the first part of Saundarya Lahari (The Upsurging Billow of Beauty), popularly known Ananda Lahari, covering the first forty-one verses.

This poetic work has fascinated generations of scholars and layperson with the sublime beauty of the verses in praise of the Devi, but also puzzled people by the authorship of Sankara. The text is a protolinguistic composition using a pictorial language of images. Beauty, elevated to the highest level, provides content to the otherwise abstract notion of the Absolute. The absolute joy of Advaita is presented subjectively as ananda and objectively as saundarya.

This tenth-century hymn to the Devi is a poetic restatement by the philosopher Sankara of his strict Advaita Vedanta monism. In compelling series of verses, Sankara draws in many strands of India’s heritage and braids them into a vision of luminous, transcendent Beauty.

The present commentary by Guru Nitya Chaitanya Yati grew out of his class of intimate meditations. He has integrated the academic disciplines of aesthetics, linguistics, and psychology with contemplation into a comprehensive study of creative manifestation. The heterodox Tantric Sri Vidya schools are centered on the realistic worship of the Devi Goddess and the Sri Cakra. Keeping in line with contemplation, the Appendix provides 53 meditations on the Sri Cakra.

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About the author

Nitya Chaitanya Yati

Guru Nitya Chaitanya Yati (1924-1999) is a sannyasi in the ancient Indian Translation who has imbibed and reinterpreted the most profound thoughts of the major philosophers of the East and the West. He has studied Indian and Western psychological thought deeply to come up with varied perspectives linking psychology to philosophy and spiritual tradition. He found his calling with the Narayana Gurukula, where he dedicated himself to the transmission and interpretation of the philosophy of Narayana Guru. His writings combine rare insight and profound wisdom with an uncanny ability to communicate in terms readily understand by all.

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Bibliographic information

Title The Saundaryalahari of Sankaracarya: A Translation and Commentary on the Anandalahari
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2015
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher D K Printworld
Language: English, Sanskrit
isbn 9788124608104
length 220p., 146 B/W Illustrations; 10.0 inch x 10.0