Tuesday, 21 May 2013

SRI LALITA SAHASRANAM: GLORIES



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A glorious, glorious practice, the chanting of the Sri Lalita Sahasranam. First, to orientate yourself, here's a bit from Wikipedia:


Lalita Sahasranama is a text from the Brahmanda Purana. It is a sacred text to the worshippers of Lalita Devi. Lalita means "She who plays", with the root form of the word meaning "spontaneous" from which the meaning easy is derived and implicitly extends to "play".

The art and practice of Sahasranam Stotras is a truly beautiful thing to do. Sahasranam means "1000 names" or "many names" and it is a way of expressing pure devotion in a formalised way, a recitation of the beauty and mystery of the chosen deity. Sri Lalita Devi is Divine Mother in one of her most playful and beneficent moods, and this chant is extremely easy to do, either in the shortened form or as a list of each attribute chanted separately with a "Namah" at the end and "Om" at the beginning: giving a garland of powerful, life shaking mantras.

The long version is called the Sri Lalita sahasra namavalih and both are collected together in the Ramakrishna mission version of the text, with an erudite introduction. In fact both form part of a far longer practice, the mysterious sadhana of Sri Vidya. This would lead you into a whole other world, believe me, but it is a practice that demands very undeviating dedication.

An easier option, by the way, for those with not so much time, is to chant the Sri Lalita Trishati, which is 300 stotras tied to glorification of the core Sri Vidya mantra. And, before you ask, no I  do not have a text to send to you!

The Devi Mahatyam, or Chandi Path, is the undoubted queen of ways to worship the Mother, but the Sri Lalita Sahasranam runs it a close second, if you even want to couch it in these kind of terms. It is an essay in sweetness, very easy to do, and has a playful, zestful quality. It is the only sahasranam which does not repeat itself! Its language is ornate, with an abundance of alliteration, but the text contains many hidden strings of mantras and messages.

Chant this particularly on Fridays and on Full Moon. The chant comes alive in darkness as well. Be a hero or heroine about this: no begging, no expectation, no demands, just Love. Chant because you can! This is part of extremely secret knowledge. Only the very few of humanity ever get the chance to hear this, let alone chant this! So be part of the few. Light your lamp of devotion, bow to Her. She is everything, She is all of you. She is the secret and the destination. She grants waves of bliss, a calm heart, a peaceful mind, a well of joy. What great fortune to chant this!

There are many descriptions out there of the benefits of chanting this. Some are fearful that you need initiation for this. We in the west are much more fearless about it, and believe that the desire to chant this sincerely bears its own fruit, and is a sign of the Mother's playful favour. This is not a chant you should approach fearfully in any way, unless you are simply trying to use it to grab as much wealth as you can or destroy your imagined enemies. In which case, a bit of spiritual growing up may be required first.

Above all, it is a chant that reminds you that life is fundamentally good, pure, noble, and playful - all qualities of Sri Lalita Devi. Leave asise your tiresome chant of 1,000 reasons why you can't chant it, and chant instead a 1,000 names of hope, and faith. Now also do not think you will get around to it when you are finally purified of your usual lust, anger, bitterness or despair. That is silly. If this were the case, who on earth would ever be qualified to chant? But also... apply your common sense. You do not need elaborate prayers to draw the Mother's grace, it is already always around you. Just a simple "Ma" said with sincerity can mean a whole lot more than woebegone or distracted attempts to say "look at me, Mother, I'm chanting... now give me this, give me that." 

I was first attracted to this text back in 1990, quite far into my spiritual journey, when I  had very little knowledge of which tune to use, how to pronounce Sanskrit properly etc etc, so I simply used to read the text (easily available through a Ramakrishna mission book) and after a while, such was my restless mind, moved onto something else.

But the name "Lalita"  has always borne an indescribable charge for me that is hard to explain. It is thrilling, it is deeply embedded in my DNA it seems to me. Don't know why, can't really rationally explain it, but there is a deep connection that must stretch beyond this incarnation. The same applies with that other beautiful name of the Goddess: Tripurasundari. Do you feel this too?

Try this chant out, either in its short or long form, but my advice would be to try this without expectation  as a song of love, a song of intimacy, a dance of letters, of intention.

If it seems to daunting or you are worried about initiation etc, do not chant! It's that simple! And do not pester the blogger to do the heavy lifting for you and chant for you, while you put your feet up and have a cup of chai. Put in your own self-effort and grace, anugraha, kripa, will come.

One of the great blessings of this chant is that it opens the Heart Centre. If your life is all in the mind, you will get quite a shock to realise that the next step up from purely mundane existence is when two centres of awareness open up in you... that mental screen you know all about, but then also the sensitive organ loosely located in your heart area, the doorway to the infinite in you.

This is where Bhakti, devotion springs from. It is the hub of silence, the entry to golden secret waves of bliss that you will feel inside you, and then extending all around. This chant is a wonderful way to open up the heart.

Give it a try if you can get hold of a copy. Chant with devotion, with no expectation , and also when you can, read the meaning... there are some wonderful descriptions of the mother embedded in the sacred mantras, amazing sounds, curvcs, movements of the prana. You can end up feeling extremely intoxicated chanting this! And it does not take so long, either.

If you love the Mother, sing your song to Her today.Then offer Her your service, each and every time you chant. Good luck!



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  2. truly beautiful brother...She is the One Who can take mere mortals like us to the blissful world of superhumans like Urvashi and Puruvarsas...if we could develop the momentum...but we can dream...
    all the best my friend

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    1. Brothers I love this chant! What a wonderful gift of the Devi!

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  4. Hello Brahmachari Devamshu,

    I heartly love your blog.

    These I am dragged by my lovely Amma so reciting Siddha Kunjika Stotra.

    I saw in your blog that your are great devotee of Rajajeshwari. Also you are a great chanter. So I would like to know from you as guru.

    Please post
    what do you recite for Rajajeshwari amma?
    Procedure for reciting Durga saptashati, Do's and Dont's ? I am planning for this Navratri ?
    Can Durga saptashti can be chanted at night ?


    Please help me in getting this info.

    Waiting for your response.

    Thankyou,
    Ranjini

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  5. Also if you have any document of Durga Saptashati then please mail to saiakshayam@gmail.com

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    1. Namaste Ranjini

      I emailed your gmail address, but it bounced back....

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    2. Hello Brahmachari Devamshu,

      Thankyou for your response.
      My Pranams to you.

      Please send to ranju.joshi@gmail.com

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  6. Namaste Devamshu,

    Can you please tell
    How many chapters did you ready daily for 108 days ?
    Procedure that you followed for 108 days like chapters to be ready per day, limbs like argyaala, keelakam, suktam.

    Please Guide.

    I work for an IT company, these days I am dragged towards her.

    My Pranams,
    Ranju Joshi.

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  7. Namste Devamshu,

    If that also bounces please mail to ranjini.joshi@yahoo.com

    My Pranams,
    Ranjini

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  8. Namaste Devamshu,

    Can you please send me the softcopy of the durga saptashati document, I need just kavach, 13 chapters and Kshmapana stotra to recite or to do sadhana, Since days are hectic in bangalore like home responsibilities and work, i will start reciting these.

    Please help me to recite the Durga Saptashati stotra.

    Namaste,
    Ranjini K Joshi

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  9. Hey Ranjini

    Soft copy... i think you will have to search the net for this in English. There is this that might help you
    http://www.ambaa.org/pdf/devii_mahatmyam_2.pdf

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  10. Namaste,

    Thankyou.

    Namaste,
    Ranjini

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    1. Hey, no adverts here, so please don't use a spiritual blog to try and advertise. Are you that insensitive to spiritual matters that you wish to make a business out of selling your services, using someone else's blog? Where is your head at? And where is your respect?

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  12. How can I subscribe to your blog?

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    1. Just follow the link below which says subscribe by email... I think its as simple as that!

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  13. Thank you very much for this great blog. it's very inspiring ...
    I am on the quest for a strict word-to-word-translation of the lalita sahasranama. name-to-name translations there are plenty. Do you know any? Otherwise I have to undertake the task to do it myself ...
    thank you very much.

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    1. Hi Shankara... The word for word nstruction I find useful is the sri ramakrishna mission translation....

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    2. Thank you. Well, I have this translation, but there is no analysis of each component of the names. For example "om kadaMba vana vAsinyai namaH" they translate Salutations to Her who resides amidst a grove of kadamba trees.
      It would be interesting to have it more detailed, like: Kadamba = Kadambatree; vana = groove; vAsine = residing; namaH = Salutations. Especially for the long names it would be useful... In the commentaries of Bhaskararaya and Joshi it is also not that detailed.
      Any idea?

      Thank you in advance. And once again, well done blog.

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    3. Thanks for the kind words... yes, i understand your point. unfortunately I have never come across that word for word sanskrit>English translation. Maybe one day I'll sit down and try and get one together, but for the moment i don't think there is one...

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  14. naik.abhilash@gmail.com27 December 2013 at 12:20

    Dear brother BrahmachariSri Tapasyananda
    I am delighted to read this article and im truly inspired and a heartfelt thanks to you. i will start chanting SLS from monday early morning and i just want to ask one thing i am a student and i cannot give offer flowers to the goddess everyday instead will it be okay if im offering incense sticks and diya jyothi in front of picture of Gayathri mata than i start with my Ganesh mantra than i start with SLS ? kindly advice .
    Abhilash naik

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    1. Yes, that will be fine... You need not bankrupt yourself ! And a picture of Ma as Gayatri Devi will be fine, and see if a picture of Raja Rajeshvari comes to you. Miracles can happen with this chant. Good luck and enjoy!

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    2. Gurujii i did find two Sri Vidya mantras on internet
      1. Om Im Hreem Srim
      2. ka e i la hrim , ha sa ka ha la hrim , sa ka la hrim
      please advice which Sri Vidya mantra to recite and if there is any other Sri Vidya Mantra to recite, kindly give me the details guruji.
      Abhilash Naik
      my email - naik.abhilash@gmail.com

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    3. Unfortunately the sri vidya mantras are traditionally only given in initiation, and then only after some time. The mantras you wrote are incomplete. May i suggest you recite simple mantras for japa, not the ones you mention as they are coosely secret for good reasons

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  15. Thank you for your blog. I havebeen trying to find the right text of the Lalita Sahsranama on the net but there seem to be difft versions. Not sure which one is correct- could you please e mail the one with you so I may start my chants. Tomorrow is the begining of the winter Navratri and I want to take a sankalp to chant it. my id is anukampa.r@gmail.com. Thank you!

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    1. Apologies, am travelling in the US at present. There is no pdf i can find of the 1000 names, and at some point when I have the time, i intend to get this done...

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  16. Namastey Ma Ji,
    I am very fortunate to have drawn to this site of yours. Would greatly appreciate if you could kindly pray for my sons health. I feel your prayers will be answered.
    With much respect & regards,
    my sincere pranaams
    ma's devotee

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  17. Thank you so much for this informative and lovable post!

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  18. Sri Lalitha Sahasranamam is not to be chanted without initiation as per my understanding. There is a story that supposedly happened: Once Sri Adi shankara sat down to write commentary of Sri lalitha sahasranama (SLS) and asked his disciple to bring the booklet from the puja room. The disciple goes in and brings a booklet of Shri Vishnu Sahasranama. Shankara tells him " I asked you to bring the Lalitha Sahasranama book, not this one. Please go and get it." The disciple return after a few minutes and again brings back a copy of the Visnu Sahasranama." Shankara tells him "I think you misunderstood. I am trying to write a commentary on Sri Lalitha Sahasranama so that common man can understand and recite it. I did not ask you to brink the Vishnu Sahasranama. Please go and get the correct booklet." The disciple comes back the third time with the Vishnu Sahasranama book. This time Adi Shankara is annoyed and asks him "Why do you keep bringing the Vishnu Sahasranama when I clearly asked you to bring me the Lalitha Sahasranama? What is your problem?" The disciple replies "Master, I did as per your request and went to fetch the Lalitha Sahasranama book, but there was a small girl in the puja room who told me each time I went: don't give him this book, give him this other one instead." Shankara goes into the room to look at the little girl, and she disappears. Shankara intuitively understands that the Devi appeared in the form of the girl to tell him that she did not mean the lalitha sahasranama for common folks. So he gives up the idea of writing a commentary on Sri Lalitha Sahasranama, and instead writes one on Vishnu Sahasranama. He declares that anyone can recite Vishnu Sahasranama without initiation, but only those who are initiated should chant SLS.............................that said, I don;t think there would be any problem if one did chant it, but the full benefits may not be realized without initiation. Even Sri Ramana Maharshi said that just like loyal soldiers obey the king's authority alone, certain sholkas and mantras have effect only when initiated by someone who has reached siddhi of that mantra. On the other hand listening to them without initiation is totally fine, and there are many other mantras and shlokas that require no initiation at all. Perhaps you are initiated in it, but just so that common folks know, this is not for everyone.

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    1. I am on retreat but wanted to thank you for your views. There are very different understandings at work, here.

      We live in the Kali Yuga age when the Tantra rather than Vedic rituals and purity are prescribed as simple practical hopeful measures for humanity. This sahasranam, like other sahasranams, can be chanted freely by all without restrictions. There are levels of meaning to each which ARE guarded by initiations, but the mercy and greatness of our Mother extends to all of us, not just those in a special caste or club, and this is Her gift to us, not the other way round.

      It reminds me of two teaching stories. The one has your brother drowning in the sea. You are at the oceans edge and there is a rope nearby. But someone comes up and shakes their finger and says "aha.. You cannot use this, it belongs to our club." In this parable, the rope is the Sri Lalita Sahasranam, and the "club" all those who believe that they and they alone should use it.

      The other story comes from the life of Jesus. He and his disciples were hungry, it was a Sabbath, a fasting day in Jewish law, and some disciples plucked a few ears of corn from a field. The onlooker priests jumped on this infraction. You know what jesus said? "Was Sabbath made for man, or man for the Sabbath?"

      Always be careful claiming ownership of these beautiful shlokas, meant for the upliftment of the suffering. The secrets of Sri Vidya initiation are secrets, but the Sri Lalita Sahasranam is one of the weapons we humans can use, and is furthermore a glorious song of love.

      If you chant for benefits, that is your affair. But the best and highest way is chant it as a song of Love, and the Beloved will wake up you. This is my own experience.

      Furthermore I would unhestitatingly say that if the Goddess has led you to Her sahasranam, it is for a reason.

      She is the para Guru, She will lead you safely home.

      As for the members of the esclusive club of the initiates of which sadly I am one, how sad it is that they are eager to sit at the supper table when others are starving. Fear in sadhana over doing and saying the wrong thing is something that makes the gods weep at our limited way of looking at things.

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    3. Thanks for sharing your views, and sorry for posting this comment during your silent retreat. I hope you had a wonderful retreat and received divine grace in abundance!

      I totally agree with you that anything chanted with a pure heart filled with love can only lead to deepening of that love and awakening to your true nature of love.

      I wish to clarify that I am personally not initiated in SLS (Sri Lalitha Shasranamamam) and don't chant it myself. I like listening to it, that's all.

      The only place where my views are slightly different are that I don't consider the seers and Gurus to be selfish or conceited just because they recommended initiation for certain mantras and shlokas. If someone thinks they belong to some exclusive club, then they are certainly no seers and are absolutely unfit to initiate anyone. On the other hand the real seers who made the recommendation only had the best interest of people in their mind.

      Lets take a story of the drowning younger brother you brought up. Not only does the drowning brother have access to many life lines in the form of ropes, but also several life boats and vessels (in the form of hundreds of mantras and shlokas that require absolutely no initiation) to not only get him out of deep waters but also to take him safely to the shore so that he can resume normal life and return to him family and worldly affairs. But instead of getting on lifeboats that are readily available, if he insists that he wants to board a rocket which has clear instructions that its not for novices, he may be disappointed when he discovers that the rocket did not take him to the shore, but to outer space! He may start missing his family, friends and worldly pleasures.

      As you said, we live in Kali Yuga, and most people are only interested in worldly benefits. There are hundreds of mantas ans shlokas that they can recite without initiation to increase their devotion and get them out of trouble (life lines and life boats). Only very few are interested in spiritual liberation (leaving the world altogather and final liberation from the cycle of birth and death). Certain sattvic manras (like rockets) have moksha (final liberation from ego) as the the goal, and those whose minds are still rooted in worldliness may be sorely disappinted that instead of gaining worldly benefits they are facing situations where their ego is being blasted left and right. Lacking proper maturity they may give up spiritual practice altogather. Others may run into some siddhis or spiritual powers, and may start misusing them to gain worldly ends like fame, fortune and sex. They will result in them falling from great heights and ending up in lower realms of suffering for may lifetimes. For these reason, the seers had only good intention toward the sadhakas when they recommended initiation for certain sattvic mantras and shlokas whose aim is final liberation or moksha (and for certain siddhis to be used carefully for benefit of others and to increase faith of the masses, and never to be used for selfish reasons). I wouldn't accuse them of being selfish or conceited for not recommending them to the worldly minded.

      That said, if ones heart is truly pure and they feel attracted to a mantra or shloka, I whole heartedly agree with your viewpoint that no harm can come from chanting. Equal amount of benefit can be had from learning the meaning and listening to it (while contemplating on the meaning with love). On the other hand, those who chant out of ego, to show off their scholarliness, or to acquire some siddhis may face some stiff tests from Goddess that will bring their ego down. In the end, only good can come out of it. So I agree with your view point :)

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  19. She gave me what I searched for, you kept it simple. Thank you so much. I am happy that she guides me in every step.

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  20. hi,

    I am doing lalitha sahasranamam for nearly 2 yeard now daily.
    I agree to one thing lalitha sahasranamam flows through you but you never utter sahasranamam,

    I never took any intitiation from anyone before doing this.I learnt it by practising from ms subbalakshmi lalitha sahasranamam.

    Should i be worrying about initiation?Sometimes i say it with concentration and sometimes without it.I pray to lalitha to forgive watever mistakes and negligences i am doing while praying.

    I want to complete atleast 1 million lalitha in my lifetime.

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  21. Worried? How could the Mothers heart not be drawn to your humility, your devotion and your one-pointedness? Go on doing what you are doing, what a wonderful effort, how beautiful your actions are!

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  22. Could you kindly tell me what is exactly the "Devi mantra" that needs to be done prior to the chanting of SLS? (Sorry if it's in your post and I somehow missed it). Thank you in advance (and thank you so much for your comment about my question regarding Lalita mantra.)

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    1. The idea behind it is that you prepare the ground. Any Devi mantra should do it, dont be worried about this. One mala of a Devi mantra then SLS...

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  23. Can you tell me where Astrology fits into all this, as the astrologers have made a mockery of God with planets, Gods based on astrology for an individual etc. Can you please clarify. My id js@spisyslimited.com

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  24. Good question, but it all depends on what kind of knowledge your mind accepts or rejects. In terms of modern society, jyotish seems just a bunch of superstituos mumbo jumbo. In terms of Veda and Tantra, the knowledge of Jyotish is actually one of the real gateways to deep awareness of how manifested life works and plays. Its a huge huge topic, and like all these things, theres a surface knowledge with all its superstitions and then deeper knowledge that reveals the workings of destiny and the close link between the microcosm of our little individuality and the macrocosm of a vast universe. But this needs a certain spark between knowledge and student to really unfold. If you are sceptical, stay away from this.

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  25. Thanks for clearing the confusion.

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  26. Hi guruji,
    Thanks for creating this website.
    I have been listening to Shri Lalitha Sahasranama for few months.
    Can u please tell me whether listening to SLS through earphone has same effect as doing Japa by self.Kindly clarify.

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  27. Does listening to a tape of the ocean have the same effect as walking along the seashore?

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    1. absolutely ....:)
      Thanks Guruji

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  28. pranam guruji.
    i am doing sls from 2 months ,behalf of my son.is that right?will he get ma`s blessing

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    1. I am sure he already has it, as do you.

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    2. he could not pass the exam sort for few marks.i was doing SLS prior to the exam 1 week and after that too.am i not doing right way?
      he has again this board exam in 2 weeks.how should i worship ma shri lalitatripura sundari ?kindly guide me.namaste.

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    3. You could ask your son to study more. This is his destiny, not yours. The Mothers grace is there, but he needs to apply himself.

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    4. so we parents are doing path pujas and mantra chanting will not help him or his destiny?he has guru chandal yoga in 10 th house in pisces,will our puja help him?and he has outstanding educational achivements uptill now.and he is working hard ,teaching junieors and all sudden he got this kind of result.we do not know what to do?we r seeking spiritual guidence or religious cure,will u guide us?please?this is the first time ever he failed and by the grace of maa last time.he is doing medicine.

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    5. Please email me with your own email, so his discussion can be moved off this post, as it is inappropriate in this context.

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  29. i am chanting sls every day,but i do not know the meaning and my mind do not concentrate while chanting.will it still give me good result?

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  30. Well, at least you are honest! Singing Divine Mothers name always gives good results, but of course this depends what you mean by this phrase. In the eyes of spiritual practice a 'good result' is greater love, greater peace, greater dedication to the light. It does not mean 'chant it a few times and become a multi billionaire.' So be careful not to use this sacred text as a means to fulfil your worldly desires for power, control, fame, money, employment. Chant, but chant this out of love, not out of expectation of reward. Then the Mother will be drawn to you.

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    1. i wrote yesterday and today ,when i start sls, you will not believe but i felt divine presence of ma.my mataji is looking totaly different.i was realy in up to 50 sloks then again i loss my concentration.but it was amazing.did you help me some way or did you ask ma lalita tripurasundari to help me ordid you guide me ?

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    2. herhttp://www.starsai.com/lalithambigai-goddess-lalithasahasranamam.htmle is compete meaning of shri lalita shastranam stotra.

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  31. does the phalasruthi make sense? Chanting LS with ghee and an infertile women begetting children,?? can this really happen?

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  32. I am first timer for mother worship
    I was skeptical and scared as phalashruti says initiation is necessary but I WAS LIKE IN MIDDLE OF THE Sea

    I surrender to mother all my chantings and even results of chanting. Believe me I get inner strength whenever I chant. Relaxation that mother is there for her child who remember her.

    Do many bad things happens to our life even without chanting her name . Better to chant.

    Frankly I believe now what shankaracharya has told,

    OH Mother I am already 85 and in middle of the sea. I don't have anyone now. By fear I left worshipping all the gods. I surrender to you because however bad a child may be, mother never leaves him'

    Inspired by this blog I left my fear in the Lotus feet of mother and chanting WHATEVER M in escacity. ONLY ONE THING REQUIRED LOVE FOR MOTHER

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  33. The Mother gives you the intention to worship Her. It is Her beautiful gift, this grace you feel. Joy and Bliss.

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  34. Someone asked for PHALASHRUTI in Sanskirt English translation

    Here is the link

    http://shaktisadhana.50megs.com/Newhomepage/sadhana/lallithasahasranama/phalasruti.html

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  35. This is tremendously useful so many thanks. Note the importance of devotion!

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  36. I have started to do laksharchana on the names of lalitha devi.that is namavali 100 times with kumkuma in home.is this the correct procedure, can it be done like this. I wished to do kothi archana like this.2 years back like this and gave kumkuma to eveyone after doing pooja please explain. i came to know that banana stem wick can be lighted for removing pitrudosha and past karmas. can we light daily or any particular day. awaiting for the reply

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  37. Dear Sir,

    I have been listening to Sri Lalitha Sahasranamam while doing meditation. I do not understand the meaning of it but I like to listen because it is pleasant to hear. I am also new to meditation and my thoughts are wildly active moving from one concern to another. I have difficulty in controlling the thoughts. However, trembles, shivers, swaying and "flows" are experienced in the body. i do feel some kind of pressure in the head especially in the brain. Rarely I could complete meditation until the SLS completes (about 52 minutes). Some time I feel blissful and other time angry for unknown reason. Lately, been having headaches. I do not know if these symptoms are caused by meditation or just feeling unhealthy. Can you explain what is going on?

    When we meditate and listen to SLS, which direction should we face? Thank you. I do not have a guru.

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    1. Choose the direction facing God. Think about this.

      Meditation... Find a teacher near you because at present you are doing it incorrectly. But find a teacher!

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  38. I am thankful to God that I have been chosen by her to recite Lalita Sahashranam. I bow to deity thankfully.

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  39. Dear Tapas ji, kindly email me the Lalitha
    Sahashranam and also any audio file to check on my pronunciation. My e-mail I'd is newcpaoffers@gmail.com . Much thanks and regards. God bless you always with his love and grace. Om Shrimata.

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  40. I dont have an audio file, but simply go to you tube, type in the sri lalita sahasranam, priya sisters, and that should do it.

    Blessings to you too..

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  41. Can you recommend a sadhana to counteract extreme tamas/sluggishness, depression , For the last 3 months, I have no energy and no confidence in anything, I have been seeing a dr regarding this and am in good health except for being overweight. I have been given diet suggestions and homeopath remedies for depression. I was fine until a few months ago. Lately have been unable to do sadhana which was always important part of life, prior to last few months was chanting the chandi or lalita sahasranam.daily for 8 yrs with good result. Was thinking that gyatri sahasranama might be beneficial to clear energy. Do you have experience with this practice or any other ideas about what I can do to help myself. Thank you.

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    1. This depends on your sex... Different solutions for a woman than for a man.

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    2. Hari Om,

      I am a female. Thank you for your advice guru ji.

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  42. My advice would be to fast once a week on Thursdays, during which just water and one cup of chai, and nothing else. This is not a spiritual problem, or rather its a physio-pysch-spiritual problem. You need to kick start yourself and by far the best way is through fasting. Otherwise, yet more manttras or slokas is just stuffing your brain with things that are not useful for you.

    There are many reasons for this sluggishness, which may be a hormonal imbalance that needs checking out, or also simple unhappiness and your life circumstance that has been gradually building up. Once again... Fasting one day a week is brilliant at unblocking your psyche.

    This may not be advice you want to hear, but you need to be mature about this. No magic mantra will help... But silence and fasting will. You are not my student so you are under no obligation, but if you did put this into action... Let me know!

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    1. Hello Guruji

      I happened to bump into your blog and this post. Could anyone do this fasting. I seriously want to fast as I feel my body has accumulated negative energies/toxins thru vasanans and eating non veg. I have been able to curtail them to a large extent thanks to the supreme Mother but I still find the urge there lurking behind somewhere. Plus we hv curtailed meat in our family but still living in the US, its virtually impossible to avoid chicken n fish. I want to give my body and my soul some cleansing and to revitalize my body, mind and soul. Pls advise if everyone could use this fasting routine. Salutations to Her who is tirodhankaeshwari and who is Lalitha and to her who is the cause of this universe. om shanti . Look forward to your guidance.

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    2. fasting... Living in the US is no excuse to eat meat, I travel there a lot and you can easily live a vegetarian life there wherever you are. Fasting is your choice. If you want to detox simply do juice fasting, its well known now everywhere in the western world.

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  43. Thank you guru ji. I will begin the fasting starting this coming Thursday, Many thanks for your advice.

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  44. Hi friends,
    every day i am worshipping lalithambika by lalitha saharsnam shotram .
    Please give any rules / regulations at worshipping her.
    Sometimes i am at home and sometimes outside.
    Please provide them to my mail id: balajimogadali@gmail.com

    --Regards,
    Balaji

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  45. Hello Guruji,
    My name is Mohan and have been trying to change for a better paying job for quite some time yet my tries and luck are not favoring me. I have a murti of Durga in my altar space ad I pray to her as often as I can. Even my brother is facing a job issue where he has been given a notice period to leave. Sometimes, I pray for some miracle to happen but does not seem to be. Please advice and can you put my request in your prayer

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  46. Mohan carefully read the side-bar titled "Project Sahasranam" and the requirements needed to be added to any prayer list. Put simply... you have to step out of your own self-concern and pray for someone else. Now, isn't that a great idea? Read the sidebar.

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  47. Thanks for these kind words. Now, can I respectfully remind you that this is a non-commercial blog, so your adverts at the end of your comments are against this spirit, and it is sad to see them..

    You may not realise you are doing this, but please do not include the adverts and links from now on? I'm sure your heart understands...

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  49. I am chanting srilalithasahasranamam every day. I can feel the presence of devi in my life.
    I never demand anything while praying, but she understands what is deep inside my mind, and provides me with everything. Even simple things...Its like a mother-child relationship. So how can a mother become angry when her child makes some small mistakes..Leave such thoughts. She will always take care of her devotees.Now I am trying to understand the meaning of each name. What I have learnt is a drop in an ocean. But to chant it itself is the greatest blessing of a lifetime.

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    1. May the devine Godess be with you always

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  50. Finally an inspiring message from an inspiring soul! You definitely get "it", what true understanding and once a devotee has this kind of attitude, the doors of the inner temple are flung open. To chant without wanting to grab or get anything is such a joy, and sadly as rare as a moon at midday, and I have waited long years to read this from another soul. You keep going with this practice, don't ever let go of it. The Mother will bless you abundantly.All souls who demand nothing of her, but know she is their Mother are beloved, supported, nourished, enriched in every possible way!

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  51. Hi guruji,
    Will amma bless if we chant this manthra for the couples who got separated to rejoin n lead good life. Plz suggest

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    1. You can answer this yourself. Our Mother blesses all. She is not a tyrant. Mercy is Hers

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  52. Dear Brother, my name is Rudrabishek, i have been doing the Lalita Sahasranama of and on for a couple years and other sadhanas, and i have had great difficulty to overcome some of my vasanas that are coming to the light and that have been with me since childhood, when i read that you are open to chant the Devi Mahatmyam for the benefit of others my heart jumped out, i instantly felt that this could help me, i am at a point where i feel i need some help to overcome this tendencies and somehow i reached your blog witch has inspired me deeply, could you please do the chant for me? thank you very much just for letting me ask you, i feel so touch by your blog, pranams,

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    1. Namaskars Rudrabishek...

      These days it doesnt work like that as the Devi Mahatyam is only chanted on Navaratri... Which has been and gone this year. However dont try offload everything on to someone else, sadhana is not honourable if you do this kind of thing. Your own prayers and efforts and discipline and endurance are what count. So few people seem to have any faith in their own link with God or mercy... And want a quick short cut. The truly brave will do their iwn heavy lifting. Great teachers are always helping but not in a way that you would ever notice until you become more attuned to their subtle presence. Now take heart, dont use someone as a donkey to offload your problems on to, but stand up straight, be a warrior for sadhana and TRUST in your own link to the Divine. If you read the hlog carefully you will see right at the top a pucture of the great Yogi Shivabalayogi Maharaj, so ask him. He is ever present in astral form.

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  53. Chanting Lalita Shastra Nam Stottram / Namavali is a most powerful magic power for the bliss of mankind universe

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  54. I have been chanting the SLS very day for about 7 years. I have been looking for forums where people share the amazing journey it takes you on when you have dedicated yourself to it wholeheartedly. I yearn to to find others like me westerners or not, who have experienced the difference MA has made in their lives and your post on SLS is a comfort.

    I find very little on her other then the list of benefits like taking away fever and bringing prosperity and when chanted with milk present drinking it for fertility etc.

    Loving her has sweetly broken my heart wide open time and time again and transformed me as a result. Do you know of any forums where people regularly practicing the SLS share their experiences?

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    1. There is a forum, absolutely... But you will find this community within, anchored in the innermost depths of you. There the devotees dance and live in bliss, and there, beyond the mind, your sorrows and fears will be instantly erased. The yearning will get you there... But meditate as well as chant, make sure you do this with great stubborn singlemindedness...

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  55. Pranam Guruji,

    Today is my first time reading this blog. Majority of the people here seem to be chanting mantras and doing the needful since many years now. It all seems overwhelming to me as a beginner.

    Right now I am facing some issues in the relationship with a guy from a different religion. Could you guide me towards peace? I have a whirlpool of thoughts going in my head. I wish things to work out between us.

    RG

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    1. In what universe is this a relationship advice bureau? My advice to you...sadhana is a way to tame the mind. But there are simple life skills that you need to learn in this case. Top of the list: never seek revenge. Do not deliberately hurt others. And give, not take. Now... Apply this intelligently to your own situation.

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  56. Indeed what a superb blog. Namaste. I'm a novice. I have been searching for guidance for many years now. Getting it also mostly from the net. I'm blessed. Grateful. Hope Ma will listen to me some day.

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  57. Super blog, I like very much

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  58. Dear Sir,
    I am really happy that I came across this blog.Thank you for the wonderful advises. I feel so positive while reading them.I have been asked a hundred times by who I dont know "who am I" since I was 17yrs old.I got OCD when I was 15yrs.At times an attack of depersonalization comes I find no connection with myself and surrounding,my family those times are horrible.A flood of pictures and images come in and y head throbs.I read that it is a chemical imbalance-depersonalization disorder.I do have anxiety and panic attacks.I am afraid am dependent on my loved ones and suffocate them with love.
    I yearn to know the divine within me.I used to chant the Lalitha sahasranamam and then I just stopped. dont know why. the urge in me is there every single day.I chant the Trishati almost daily.This morning I thought I would better go and see a psychiatrist but something told me to go to Devi's temple and something brought me to this blog.I have been in harmony with nature I find love and happiness in nature for a long time now.I so much understand the pain and suffering of another that I find it overwhelming to take.I am so sad about the violence and pain and suffering in the world.I have become so sensitive and i feel so much negative vibrations sticking to me.(is it all my imagination?)I have been struggling to find out who i am for sooo long...I am restless.I cant sit for a while.to do pranayama too.
    Kindly shed some light on my condition.Ma is so powerful and I feel Ma brought me here.Thank you so much.
    Sincerely,nisha

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    1. Your condition is the human condition in a nutshell: you are sensitive, easily caught up in a whirl of mental activity and emotional storms, very restless and thus like someone in a small boat on stormy seas, always desperately paddling but you dont really know where or why. First of all, cut any trace of self-pity. Secondly apply effort. You are not a helpless victim! The advice to all especially sensitive souls is simple. You need to tame the mind, because it has been leading you on a mad chase to find your own tail. The way to do this is utterly simple. JAPA. if you have the love for the Devi as you claim, then repeat Her name. It doesnt matter which name, it doesnt matter whether you are initiated in this that or the other. Repeat Her name as often as you breathe! Never be without it. Your mind will come up with 10000 excuses why you cant do this. And the choice is yours. But Japa cleanses the mind, the heart, settles you down, lights your fire, helps others, spreads purity, creates well being. It is the personification of sattvic activity. Do Japa. Do it like iyour life depends on it. Dont even come up with "oh no i cannot possibly do it because..." i have heard every excuse under the sun, from all sorts of people. But Japa is the way out for people whose minds have become their own tyrants. If you love the Devi, follow this advice. Read all about Japa on the blog. And blessings will accumulate for you. Now, it is up to you.

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  59. Namaste Dear Sir,Thank you so much..I really needed this.
    Humble pranams.
    nisha

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  60. Guruji,if I chant Devi Mahatmayam for 108 days, is it mandatory to sleep on the floor and fast? I will wake up in the morning and after taking bath I will do the daily poojas and chores and have fruits and milk and then in the evening after chanting Shri Devi Mahatmayam I will eat satvik food. Am I following the correct procedure? Please guide Guruji. Please.

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  61. Why this torture? Who on earth told you all this? No you dont have to sleep on the floor. The Mother invented beds. No, fasting is not essential... And it also depends on what you mean by fasting. A proper fast is no food. You would die before 108 days is out. Youwant to correct your life in one almighty rush, but the real tapasya, the real fast, the real austerity is to UNDEVIATINGLY CONCENTRATE when you recite in Sanskrit. That means you chant aloud, not simply read. Concentrateon the real essential purpose. Why are you chanting? What for? Think deeply and dont behave in a way that is cruel to your body... Why punish yourself?

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    1. I am so very lucky to have gone through your Blog Baba. I have been chanting SLS for probably 6 months now. There was no special initiation. It just started off at my neighbor's place. I chant SLS daily, mostly two times a day. I have been going through traumatic situations both at personal and official level. But By Maata's Grace, I am getting more confident and my speech is getting very clear and conspicuous. I am at the feet of Maata and need her blessing always for me and my family!!

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  62. Dear guruji,
    I have been into several problems and I have been married and have a girl child. I am a victim of black magic spells and which I recently came to know through an incident. I was bearing a male baby and during my eighth month while sleeping during night, a hand came and lowered my womb. After 2 days of that vision, I have got pain and end up in abruption of placenta which led to death of the baby. I can clearly say it's due to spells done on me by my mother-in-law and many godman who say about past also said the same. My mil especially will not allow me to give birth to second baby due to her selfish character.
    I am a chanter of Devi mahatmayam and devotee of goddess. Since I am working in an IT industry I don't get time to chant durga saptasati completely. Is there any way to protect myself from her attack. Can you please is there any effective mantra to protect myself from the attack which I can chant daily in midst of my family life. AnyI know she is nothing in front of goddess. So far goddess has protected me and still she will. But want to gain more love from her.

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  63. You are convinced of all this... But chant DEVI KAVACHAM if you feel you need protection. Chant it every day at a time of your choosing.

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  64. Pranam baba.
    Thank you very much for your guidence. I came to know about this blog in 2011, and i asked for your help many times and you showed me ways. I was goin through toughest time of my life since 2009 and trying to find solutions i came to find your blog.
    My life is changed doing many types of sadhana which were all incomplete i could not stick to any 1 due to circumtances,due to all what i did though it was incomplete but mother has mercy for her kids. I got lots of blessings and now ive stick to 1 type of sadhana which helps me in all aspects of life. Problems are still there but now my mind is calm and i get ways to solve through devine mothes blessings.
    Shiva and shakti are always there
    For everyone.thank you very much indeed from bottom of my heart.
    May shiva shakti give you more and more power to guide millions of people like me.
    Jai mataji jai bholenath

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  65. It's shocking to see the number of people visiting this blog who "bless" Babajee, ask him to do prayers for them and keep pestering him for emailing audio files/texts/translations and other material to them when everything can be easily discovered on the internet with just a little bit of effort.

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