Saundaryalahari is a rare Tantric work whose authorship is attributed to Samkaracarya. It is a long poem of one hundred verses; a hymn of praise to the Divine Mother; an invocation and a prayer that awakens man from stupor to a state of effulgent energy and creativity. In this monograph the original Sanskrit text of each verse is presented in Devanagari script accompanied with its Roman transliteration. English rendering of the verses and explanatory notes are provided with an eye to modern readership. Inclusion of yantras in their pictorical symbols focus attention on underlying potencies of each verse. The possibility of attainment of power and success by single-minded recitation of the verses is stressed on. The monograph will be of special interest to mother worshippers of all denominations. Students of religion and philosophy will find it appealing. the general reader with a love for poetry and literature will also like it.
The brief Mandukya Upanishad is said to contain the essence of all the Upanishads, the teachings on the ultimate reality called brahman or atman. Its twelve paragraphs were expounded in 215 karikas, or verses, by Gaudapada, the earliest Advaita Vedanta writer. These were in turn commented on by Sankara, the founder of the Advaita Vedanta system. All three of these works are here included. This was the first time the latter two were translated. The Mandukya Upanishad is the source of the famous teaching on the four states of existence: waking, dreaming, deep sleep, and what is simply called "the fourth," a state of immersion in the absolute.