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Author: Acharya Rameshwar Jha
Prithvinath Pushp/Several Contributors
Translator(s)/ Editors(s): Neerja Mattoo/Prabha Devi
Publisher: D K Printworld
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788124607183
Kashmir has a long tradition of yoginis (female saints) and poetesses from ancient times. The life of Yogini Sharika Devi is a witness to this unbroken tradition till the twentieth century. This book delves into the life of Yogini Sharika Devi, who was always absorbed in spiritual practice and in serving her guru, Swami Lakshman Joo of Ishwer Ashram of Ishber, Srinagar, Kashmir. Being the chief disciple of Swamiji, Deviji was well focused on her sadhana and was devoted to the mantra of silence for her spiritual prosperity.Thus she is one of the women saints of Kashmir Saivism. An ideal disciple of her Gurudeva, Deviji was a many-splendoured personality, constantly absorbed in God-consciousness while performing her worldly duties. A jivanamukta, as enunciated by her Gurudeva, she wholeheartedly dedicated her entire life to the service of her Master with single-minded devotion. Though she led a simple life, many were witness to her spiritual powers while she was alive.This volume, being brought out at the centenary celebrations of her birth, is a compilation of tributes from various people who knew Sharika Devi from close quarters, and who were a witness to her compassion and spiritual powers on numerous occasions. A valuable part of the book is Sharika Devi’s own contribution to it in the form of her mystic poems. An introduction by the internationally known scholar of Kashmir Saivism, Bettina Sharada Bäumer, makes the book invaluable.About The Editor:Neerja Mattoo is a Srinagar-based writer and translator. Before her retirement, she was Principal and Head of Department of English at the Government College for Women, Srinagar. Apart from other works and papers published in academic journals, she has published three collections of contemporary Kashmiri short stories translated into English: The Stranger Beside Me, Contemporary Kashmiri Short Stories, and Kath Stories from Kashmir, which have been very favourably reviewed. She also co-edited a book on the Kashmiri saint Bhagwan Gopinath. She was awarded a British Council Visitorship to the University of Oxford in 1984 and a Human Resource Ministry's Senior Fellowship in 1997 to work on Kashmiri women poets.
ContentsForeword by Prabha Devi Acknowledgement Introduction by Bettina Sharada Bäumer Sarika Devi Carcastavah by Acharya Rameshwar Jha Acharya Rameshwar JhaPhoto Gallery I Sharika Vakh: Mystical Poems of Sharika Devi II Tributes and Reminiscences The Making of a Yogini by Mohan Lal SoporyHomage to Sharika Devi by Prithvinath PushpVision of Calmness by B.N. PanditSharika Devi: Stable in Supreme Conscious State by Kapil SoporyFrom Darkness to Sunshine by Suresh SoporyThe Divine Mother by Subodh SoporyTransmitting Spirituality through Silence by Sudhir SoporyDidda Pyariji: The Hidden Saint by Pratibha BhanMy Experiences with Sharikaji by Ashok DharThe Divine Presence by Bettina Sharada BäumerThree Saintly Women by Triloki Nath GanjuMother Sharika by Pramod SharmaSaktisvarupa Sharika Devi by Yogendra TikuAn Embodiment of Sakti by H.N. JalaliHomage to Sharika Ma by Manmohan DharDevi Ma by Jaya KaulSalutations by GaurishoriIII Glimpses of Deviji’s Wit and Wisdom IV Sarika Devi: The Cosmic Mother in the Sakta Tradition of Kashmir by Advaitavadini Kaul