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Soundarya Lahari Sloka, Yantra & Goddess (Points To Be Noted)

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Soundarya Lahari Sloka, Yantra & Goddess (Points To Be Noted)
In all postings on Soundarya Lahari, the "Mode of Worship" and "Offerings" are meant for tantric practitioners. Not everybody is initiated into 'tantra upaasana', at the same time Soundarya Lahari is also meant for everybody. Busy housewives, men and women, people who take care of homes as well as office affairs are all hard pressed for time. In today's hectic world it is extremely difficult to find time for ritualistic worship and that need not make one feel deprived of practice or benefits. All the slokas, yielding various benefits could be chanted mentally anywhere, except during prohibited times/surroundings or conditions.

The "Overall View" is meant for everybody coping in this busy world. A daily loud chanting of a chosen sloka for atleast 11 times, and the rest of the chanting mentally within oneself would yield required results.

"SOUNDarya Lahari" is also about the vibration of the sloka. Every word that is chanted could mean many things (even if the meaning is in accordance with any other language other than sanskrit). Every sound resulting from every word of the sloka yields similar result, if chanted religiously and with faith in not only the greatness of Sri Adi Sankaracharya's poetic homage to the Goddess, but also the Acharya's intention to prove through this dazzling hymn, that SOUND is Cosmic and powerful.

By placing the Goddess in the heart region while chanting the chosen sloka, the wise practitioner superimposes the Divine Mother on his/her jeevatma and allows Her to take over. There could be no better meditation than that!

While meditating and chanting (mentally after 11 times of loud chanting), the content of the sloka describing the Goddess, gradually starts applying itself to the practitioner as well, as he/she is replaced by the supremacy of the Divine Mother by placing Her in the heart region. Therefore, the overall meaning and the essence of the concerned sloka begin to unfold in the life/nature/and quality of the practitioner too! The devotee witnesses the meaning of the sloka manifesting in his/her life.

The above is easier said than done. For perfect meditation, it is necessary to "believe" that Goddess is certainly within oneself, and while mental chanting, it is important to curb the movements of the tongue. Ultimately, it helps a great deal to develop love and adoration for the Goddess. Bhakthi is misinterpreted as respect and most of us pray in fear and great reverence of our chosen deity. The devotee should feel overflowing love for Her and a joyous reciprocation coming from Her. This interacation between the devotee and the Goddess should be felt by the former as a secret that no one knows of ! The practice of such feelings gradually enlightens the devotee and it finally dawns on him/her that the carefully woven fantasy and the delicious Truth are one and the same!

First and foremost, it is essential to start by praying to one's chosen Guru, and who better than the author of this most aesthetic creation, Sri Adi Sankaracharya?
When the body feels heated or feverish, a simple offering of a quarter glass of boiled milk with raisins and sugar-candy (atleast 16 to 20 raisins and 10 pieces of kalkand) should be given to the Goddess and consumed by the devotee. Chanting of Sri Lalitha Sahasranamam will also help in balancing the chakras.

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  1. How can I learn or initiated to tantric sadhana. I am from Bangalore. Can you suggest a good tracher