Author: Swami SwahanandaPublisher: Advaita AshramYear: 2012Language: EnglishPages: 336ISBN/UPC (if available): 8175053658
One must propitiate the Divine Mother, the Primal Energy, in order to obtain God’s grace. God Himself is Mahamaya. It is his will that we should run about a little. Then it is great fun. God has created the world in play, as it were. This is called Mahamaya, the great illusion. Therefore one must take refuge in the divine mother, the cosmic power itself. It is she who has bound us with the shackles of illusion. The realization of God is possible only when those shackles are severed.
Publisher’s Note Author’s Introduction Part I – Shakti Puja : Mother Worship1. Shakti Puja 2. I God as Mother 3. The Way of the Mother 4. Symbolism in Religion 5. Hindu Symbology6. Divine Forms : A Symbolic Interpretation7. The Tantrik Concept of Mother Worship8. The Worship of Mother Durga9. On Reading the Chandi 10. Lessons from an Anecdote Part II – Vedanta Sadhana According to Acharyas 11. Spiritual Discipline and Shankara 12. Spiritual Discipline and Ramanuja 13. Spiritual Discipline and Madhva 14. Spiritual Discipline and Nimbarka 15. Spiritual Discipline and Vallabha 16. Spiritual Discipline and Chaitanya17. Spiritual Discipline and Shrikantha Part III – Scriptures 18. The Gita Imperatives 19. The Idea of Tapas in the Gita20. The Idea of Dana in the Gita 21. The Principle of Svadharma 22. The Idea of Tapas in the Upanishads 23. The Holy Scriptures 24. Adhyatma Ramayana Part IV : Teachers 25. Shiva we Worship 26. Shri Krishna the Eternal Charioteer 27. Shri Krishna the Guide and Goal Divine 28. Shri Chaitanya the Prophet of Divine Name29. The Gospel of Service and Saint Tukaram 30. Swami Ramakrishnananda 31. Acharya Shankara32. Acharya Shankara 33. A Ramakrishna Symbol 34. Shri Ramakrishna’s Specialty35. The Ramakrishna Mould