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A master in Sanskrit, an initiate in "sri vidya" Late Sri Sankaranarayanan had the gift to translate and provide the commentary in a easy to understand language and style. He is also the Author of two more Books on Sri Vidya.


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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Nesma Books India (December 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8187936002
  • ISBN-13: 978-8187936008
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #829,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Oreste Reale on July 16, 2008
Format: Paperback
The Devi Mahatmyam (DM), popularly known as Chandi or Durga Saptasati, is part
of the Markandeya Purana but regarded as a separate text by
devotees of the Goddess within the Hindu tradition.
I would like to bring the attention of the interested readers
to this wonderful edition, written by a man, Sankaranarayanan,
who was a great initiate and transmitted
his profound intuition into these pages.

The DM, to the one who believes in Shakti, the Feminine Energy
of the Hindu tradition, often represented as a Supreme Goddess,
or as a collective entity of Goddesses, is not -just- a text.
It is perhaps the most Sacred Text,
a Living Entity provided of its own power and will, written in Sanskrit.
Sanskrit is per se
a sacred language, in which each letter is a primordial Sound that
can be connected to a State or Aspect of the Supreme Consciousness.
In the Vedas it is said that the Spoken Word becomes reality,
so the Spoken Word uttered in Sanskrit is not just word, it is
-creative- Word, `Word that makes'.

Combination of Sanskrit letters in special ways, following arcane rules
devised by the Gods, can create a Mantra, which does not just invoke a Deity or a higher State
of Consciousness, but _is_ indeed the very Deity or the high State one
is attempting to invoke. Mantras cannot be translated. Or understood. They can only be recited in a certain mental mode, and with the best of
intuition and human intelligence one can only hope to glimpse a minuscule
fraction of what a Mantra really is.
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