Join us for a deep dive into the Thousand Names of Lalitā Mahātripurasundarī, the central goddess of Shrī Vidyā!
In this Navarātri Course, we will delve deep into the Lalitā Sahasranāma, or the thousand names of Lalitā Mahātripurasundarī. This hymn is excerpted from the Brahmāṇḍa Purāṅa, as a dialogue between Sage Agastyā and Lord Hayagrīvā, an avatāra of Lord Viṣṇu. It is said that it was composed by the Vāgdévatās, the eight goddesses of speech at the command of Lalitā herself. Because of its divine origins, the Lalitā Sahasranāma is said to be an equivalent of the Vedās.
The thousand names span the entire teaching of Shrī Vidyā philosophy and practice. The beauty of this great hymn is that it is the “cure for all ills” – physical, mental, emotional, psychological, or spiritual. When chanted or heard regularly, it changes one’s perception, behavior and thought process, infusing ordinary experience with shimmering beauty and sweetness. Living spaces where it is chanted or played are cleared of dreariness and are infused with light and harmony. Most importantly, this hymn steadies the mind by clearing out the debris of conditioning and prepares the practitioner for deeper states of meditation and japa (the practice of mantra).
“You don’t even have to know what the Thousand Names mean. Mere recitation or listening of it is powerful enough!”
“We will learn not just the superficial meanings of these names, but explore their application in our practice and daily life.”
We don’t even have to know what the Thousand Names mean. Mere recitation or listening of it is powerful enough! However, when we learn what each name means, we open ourselves exponentially to the power of the hymn. When we approach the Lalitā Sahasranāma with even a cursory understanding of the Thousand Names, a mysterious thing begins to happen – we are plunged into the ocean of her grace. The Thousand Names begin to manifest in our ordinary experience, where their deeper and unexpected meanings “come” to us, seemingly out of the blue. Eventually, our entire existence begins to look like a garland of the Thousand Names of Lalitā. And life as we know it is forever transformed.
Accordingly, in this course, we will learn not just the superficial meanings of these names. We’ll explore their application in our practice and daily life.
Additionally, we will learn the correct way of chanting the Lalitā Sahasranāma along with the nyāsa (installing the deities of the hymn in our bodies), meter, bhāva (intent and mood), and pronunciation.
The course will include two recorded lessons (April 5 and 6, 2019) and eight live (April 7-14, 2019) sessions via Zoom.
7-9 PM, EST.
This Course is designed to occur during the 2019 Spring Navarathri – April 5-14. To read more about Navarathri, click here.
The class link will be provided to participants before the course begins. If you are not able to make it to the live video calls – no worries. The recorded live sessions will be posted into the student area immediately after the class. You can listen to the lessons as many times as you want.
Other course material will include handouts and audio recordings of the chanting for easy learning. We will be learning a set of verses every day. Both the learning from the class and the audio of the day’s quota of verses will be available for re-learning and practice.
The entire course is built on a platform that thrives on discussion with me and others enrolled in it.