[Advaita-l] SrividyA and advaita vedAnta
H S Chandramouli
hschandramouli at gmail.com
Mon Oct 2 08:28:57 EDT 2017
Swami Tapasyananda of Sri Ramakrishna Math, in his Introduction to the book
“ Sri LalitA SahasranAma “ edited by him, observes as follows.
Quote from the Introduction << The chanting of this SahasranAma is made
the concluding part of the Sri-VidyA UpAsanA, which includes also the
repetition of PanchadaSAksharI mantra and Sri-ChakrapUjA. But for those who
have no competency and facility to observe all the three, chanting the
LalitA-sahasranAma alone is considered sufficient. >>.
In the phala shruti, the following is declared by Lord HayagrIva, while
imparting this litany to sage Agastya, apart from other results.
Quote from the Introduction << It is finally said that one who recites
this SahasranAma out of pure devotion to the Divine Mother, without any
desire for worldly fulfillments, will attain the knowledge of Brahman and
release from involvement In the cycle of births and deaths (SamsAra).
The book includes a detailed Introduction by Prof. D.S. Sarma which the
Swamiji describes as follows, << It is an excellent, appreciative, but
also critical, study of the Sahasranama as a piece of Stotra literature and
as an exposition of the philosophy of the Mother cult. It is both a
historical and a doctrinal study of the worship of the Supreme Being as the
Mother, which is current all over India in different part forms. >>
On Mon, Oct 2, 2017 at 8:18 AM, V Subrahmanian via Advaita-l <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
> On Mon, Oct 2, 2017 at 1:07 AM, Venkatraghavan S via Advaita-l <
> advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
> > Namaste,
> > Thank you Sriram mahodaya.
> > Given that we are discussing the topic of SrividyA, could you (or anyone
> > familiar with the matter) please elaborate a little bit on how SrividyA
> > upAsana fits within advaita vedAnta?
> > 1) Is it a sAdhana for chitta shuddhi, ultimately requiring / leading to
> > guru prApti, shravaNa-manana-nidhidhyAsana, jnAna and moksha? i.e., does
> > SrividyA hold that one would need to transition from SrividyA upAsana to
> > jnAna sAdhana for moksha?
> > 2) Or, does SrividyA shAstra hold that jnAna is not a requirement for
> > mokshA and upAsana itself is sufficient? Is the nature of mokshA
> > in SrividyA and advaita?
> > 3) Or, are these elements incorporated within the ambit of the upAsana
> > itself - i.e. the word upAsana in this context includes both upAsana and
> > jnAna sAdhana? If so, how?
> Dear Venkat ji,
> As far as I know, Srividyā is inalienably connected with Advaita. For one,
> the Lalitasahasranama is admitted as an integral part of Srivdya sādhana.
> If you look into that nāma, you find a number of names such as these,
> suggesting Advaitic doctrine:
> nirbhedā, bhedanāśinī, bhedavarjitā, brahmātmaikya svarūpṇī, sarva vedanta
> samvedyā, tattvamartha svarūpiṇi, mithyājagadadhiṣṭhānā,
> panchakośāntarasthitā, sarvāvasthāvivarjitā, turyā, etc. The Taittiriya,
> Mandukya, etc. Upanishads can be seen to be summarized here. The SL has
> been a part of Advaita Sannyasins, Acharyas, as exemplified by the Sringeri
> and many other pontiffs performing the Srichakra and SL puja-s today. The
> Kundalini is also part of Srivdyā and the ascent of the Kundalini shakti
> from the mūlādhāra to the sahasrāra marks the culmination of the sadhana in
> the advaita jnana of Shiva-Shakti aikya. The Shakti represents the jiva who
> dwells in various chakras, the lowest being the body-identity and the final
> chakra being the Sahasrara is the shakti, jivashakti, merging with the
> Jnanasvarupa Shiva.
> What I have said is only a gist of the matter; there is quite a lot to
> expand on this which practitioners will be able to do justice to.
> > It would be very helpful to understand the correspondence between advaita
> > vedAnta and SrividyA upAsana, and where the two diverge (if at all they
> > do).
> > Kind regards,
> > Venkatraghavan
> > 2017-10-01 19:03 GMT+01:00 Venkata sriram P via Advaita-l <
> > advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org>:
> > > The Upasakas of Sri Vidya will get Bhoga and Moksha both
> > >
> > > ////////////
> > >
> > > Yes – shrIdevi bestows both bhoga & moksha but is there any end to the
> > > wish-list for enjoyment?
> > >
> > > shrI bhAskararaya makhin provides the explanation in another way as:
> > >
> > > भोगेभ्यो विषयाभिलाषेभ्यो मोक्षो मोचनं तद्वासना त्यागः
> > प्रददातीत्यादिरर्थः –
> > > it eliminates the vAsana of ‘bhOga-lAlasa’.
> > >
> > > And hence, it is said “चरमे जन्मनि यथा श्रीविद्योपासको भवेत्” –
> > > One is blessed with shrIvidya in last birth
> > >
> > > The great shAkta shivAnandanAtha says - निष्कामानामेव श्रीविद्या
> > न
> > > कदापि सकामानाम्
> > >
> > > rgs,
> > > sriram
> > >
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