Sree Lalithaa Sahasranaama Prachaarini Sabha
Mysore
 

 

SREE LALITHA SAHASRANAMA

  Lalitha Sahasranama is in the 36th chapter of Lalitopakyana in Brahmanda
  Purana.
It is a hymn that describes the 1000 various names of Sree Lalithaa
  and praises God as the Divine Mother or God's
Shakti or Power. It is
  presented in the form of instructions imparted to the Agasthya Maharishi
  by Hayagriva who is an incarnation of  Sree Maha Vishnu. 
The Lalitha
  purana explains about the manifestation
of Goddess for the destruction of
  a demon called Bandasura. It provides details about the construction of
  Sreepura, in the form of Sree Chakra. Sree Adi  Sankaracharya and Sree
  Bhaskararaya
had contributed commentaries for Trisati and Sahasranama.

  Hayagriva recites the story of the incarnation of Sree Lalitha Devi to
  Agasthya Maharishi, where he describes the abode of Sree Lalitha (Sreepura), the Panchadashakshari, the unity of the Sree Yantra, Sree Vidya, Sree Lalithambika and Sree Guru. However, Hayagriva does not mention about Sree Lalitha Sahasranama. When Agasthya Maharishi repeatedly asks Hayagriva to enlighten him about the Lalitha Sahasranama, Hayagriva explains the reasons why Sree Lalitha Sahasranama is so divine and sacred, and finally tells him the reason as to why it's knowledge has to be imparted to those who are highly highly potential and exalted. He also tells Agasthya Maharishi the reasons why it was not imparted initially.

The story of Sree Lalitha proceeds as follows:

During the ancient times, there was a powerful demon named Taraka. He was controlling and lording over the Universe with his unequalled power and strength. A group of devas then resolved that only Skanda can destroy Taraka. But, due to the penance of Lord Siva, the birth of Skanda had been delayed. Manmata (the God of love) was assigned by the devas to wake up Lord Siva from his deep meditation. With the intention of performing his job, Manmata applied the flower - shafts of lust on Lord Siva, who then roused with uncontrollable anger and burnt Manmata with the energy of his Third eye. Another energy flame from Lord Siva's third eye gave birth to Lord Skanda, who then destroyed Tarakasura.

However, due to the absence of Manmata, creation in the World had stopped. Realizing this, Lord Siva blessed Manmata for his rebirth. As he sprinkled the holy water over the ashes of Manmata, another demon named Bandasura was accidentally created. The supreme strength of the demon spoiled the righteousness of the three worlds. Indra, the king of Devas performed a yagna according to the advice of Lord Siva and as a result of this yagna, Devi Sree Lalitha appeared, embodying the powers of creation, protection and destruction. The Devas praised her in eloquent terms as Universal Mother.

Lord Siva married her in the avatar of Kameshwara and the Kingdom of Sree Lalitha originated from the Sreepura, a beautiful city at the crest of the mount Meru, built in the form of Sree Chakra. In a fierce battle that lasted for a long time, Sree Lalitha destroyed Bhandasura.

The philosophical base of this unprecedented success of the Devi is that, the 'ajnana' (ignorance) is removed by 'jnana' (realization).

 

SREE VIDYA & SREE LALITHA SAHASRANAMA

The term Lalitha means lovely, elegant or charming. The philosophical basis of Lalitha cult is Sree Vidya, which is the ultimate knowledge. It is the realization of the soul through synthesis and reconciliation. The Devi is the inherent soul of all souls. She is the infinite and eternal supreme Bliss. She induces the intuitive knowledge of God, which is herself. Sree Vidya shows the practical method to experience the
truths of Vedanta as Brahma Vidya. The worship of Sakti, who is denoted by the syllable 'Sree' is called as Sree Vidya. The prayers are conducted by invoking Sree Lalitha over the Sree Chakra which is the diagrammatic representation of the Universe, Mantra, Yantra and Tantra are the three aspects of Sree Vidya. Yantra is the form of symbolic representation of Mantra. Tantra consists of mind concentration; rituals and kundalini yoga.


Sree Vidya treats equally all the paths to attain salvation. Brahmavidya and SreeVidya are unique. Sree Lalitha can be worshipped by both saguna and nirguna paths. Sree Lalitha Cult accepts Bakti yoga, Karma yoga, Raja yoga and Jnana yoga. It considers both family life and hermitage as the ways to reach God. Sree Lalitha is the form of all and accepts and all forms of worship. The Kundalini Sakthi is the supreme power in the human body. It could be invoked to realize God in this very life, with in the physical body. Sree Lalitha Sahasranama mentions the names of Chakras present in the human body. According to it there are six chakras namely Muladara, Svadhistana, Manipura, Anahata, Visudhi and Ajna. The supreme locus of the Paramatma is in the Sahasrara.

When the Kundalini Sakti is roused by appropriate means, it travels along the suksumana nadi in the vertebral column and reaches the Sahasrara. Thus, Sree Lalitha cult emphasizes the excellence of Yoga. Seeing the mother pervading everything, it sees the world not as a battle field but as a play ground. The Lalitha doctrine explains Goddess Lalitha as Chidswarupini and Anandarupini (pure and blissful consciousness). Human beings can remain cheerful in the world, like her children playing by the side of their mother. Living exemplary lives, they finally find eternal rest on the lap of the Divine Mother.

Sree Lalitha Sahasranama explains the Divine mother as "Siva Sakti Iykya Rupini", the unification of Siva and Sakti. This union can be interpreted as the consciousness and its power or the blissful union of the soul with the over soul. Sree Lalitha cult is the harmonious blend of all paths of spirituality and leads to the ultimate realization. It inculcates the healthy physical and moral life with truth and love. Sree Vidya shows the path for transcendence within this world. There is no discrimination of caste, creed or gender in Sree Lalitha cult. It proclaims that one who has not refrained from evil acts and who has no peace of mind and self control can not realize God by any means. The Sree Lalitha cult consists of a great potential philosophical core and this is only a maiden
attempt to point out the importance of the cult.

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