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Devimahatmyam  -  In Praise of the Goddess     (Sanskrit+Hindi+English)
Devimahatmyam - In Praise of the Goddess (Sanskrit+Hindi+English)

Devimahatmyam - In Praise of the Goddess (Sanskrit+Hindi+English)

by Devadatta Kali

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multilingual

Publisher

Motilal Banarsidass

ISBN

9788120829534 - Year: 2010 - Pages: 382

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Paperback

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Author: Devadatta Kali
Translator(s)/ Editors(s): Devadatta Kali
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass
Year: 2010
Language: multilingual
Pages: 382
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788120829534

Description

Fifteen or more centuries ago, an unknown author or authors in northwest India wove together the diverse threads of already ancient memory and created a dazzling verbal tapestry that remains even today the central text on the Hindu Goddess. Called the Devimahatmya - The Glory of the Goddess -, this poem of seven hundred verses is recited daily in temples and widely disseminated in the original Sanskrit and in vernacular translations.

Part myth and part philosophy, part narrative and part hymn, it is spiritual classic that addresses the perennial questions of our existence: What is the nature of the universe, of humankind, of divinity? How are they related? How do we find lasting satisfaction and inner peace? Like the battle-field of the Bhagavadgita, the Devimahatmya's killing grounds represent the field of human consciousness on which the drama of individual lives plays out in joy and sorrow, in wisdom and folly.

This translation is the first even to combine Western scholarship with an insider's perspective, based on the author's 37 years of spiritual practice within the Hindu tradition. This edition is unique on several counts. A comprehensive historical and interpretative introduction prepares you for meaningful experience of the Devimahatmya, whether you are approaching it for spiritual or scholarly reasons. The full commentary--the first ever in the English language reveals the Devimahatmya as the spiritual classic it is, a universal allegory of human experience and a guide for the inner life. Additionally, the edition contains eight other texts closely associated with the Devimahatmya, for the first time presented with English commentary.

Contents

Acknowledgments
Abbreviation Guide to Works Cited
Pronunciation Guide
Introduction

PART I: ORIGINS AND CONTEXT OF THE DEVIMAHATMYA
A Brief History
Reconstructing the Past
Harappan Religion
Goddesses in Vedic Religion
The Late Vedic Age
Post-Vedic Hinduism

The Devimahatmya’s Origins, Structure, and Context
The King, The Merchant, and the Seer
Mahamaya
Mahisasuramardini
The Devi-One and Many
The Limbs of the Devimahatmya
About the Commentary
The Devimahatmya Today
The Sri Durgasaptaslokistotra

PART II: THE DEVIMAHATMYA TRANSLATION AND COMMENTARY
First Carita: Meditation on Mahakali
CHAPTER 1. The Slaying of Madhu and Kaitabha
Commentary
MIDDLE CARITA: Meditation on Mahalaksmi
CHAPTER 2. The Slaughter of Mahisasura’s Armies
Commentary
CHAPTER 3. The Slaying of Mahisasura
Commentary
CHAPTER 4. Praise by Indra and the other Gods
Commentary
FINAL CARITA: Meditation on Mahasarasvati
CHAPTER 5. The Devi’s Conversation with the Messenger
Commentary
CHAPTER 6. The Slaying of Dhumealocana
Commentary
CHAPTER 7. The Slaying of Canda and Munda
Commentary
CHAPTER 8. The Slaying of Raktabija
Commentary
CHAPTER 9. The Slaying of Nisumbha
Commentary
CHAPTER 10. The Slaying of Sumbha
Commentary
CHAPTER 11. Hymn to Narayani
Commentary
CHAPTER 12. The Promise of Blessings
Commentary
CHAPTER 13. The Granting of Boons to Suratha and the Merchant
Commentary

PART III: THE ANGAS
Introduction to the Angas
Devyah Kavacam
Commentary
Argalastotra
Commentary
Kilakastrotra
Commentary
Ratrisukta
Commentary
Pradhanika Rahasya
Commentary
Vaikrtika Rahasya
Commentary
Murtirahasya
Commentary

PART IV: The Devimahatmya Sanskrit Text and Transliteration
FIRST CARITA: Meditation on Mahakali
CHAPTER 1. The Slaying of Madhu and Kaitabha
MIDDLE CARITA: Meditation on Mahalaksmi
CHAPTER 2. The Slaughter of Mahisasura’s Armies
CHAPTER 3. The Slaying of Mahisasura
CHAPTER 4. Praise by Indra and the other Gods
FINAL CARITA: Meditation on Mahasarasvati
CHAPTER 5. The Devi’s Conversation with the Messenger
CHAPTER 6. The Slaying of Dhumralocana
CHAPTER 7. The Slaying of Canda and Munda
CHAPTER 8. The Slaying of Raktabija
CHAPTER 9. The Slaying of Nisumbha
CHAPTER 10. The Slaying of Sumbha
CHAPTER 11. Hymn to Narayani
CHAPTER 12. The Promise of Blessings
CHAPTER 13. The Granting of Boons to Suratha and the Merchant

Notes
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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