Glorious Alchemy: Living the Lalitā Sahasranāma
After months of furious writing, this book is finally on the verge of making a grand entrance into the world!
During Navarātrā 2019, it had the good fortune of being released by my guru Śrī Chaitanyananda Natha Saraswati at the Rājarājeśvarī Pītham in Rush, NY. This was a special Navarātri edition, which sold out immediately on Amazon.
The Navarātri edition lacked careful proofreading; the final edition will be thoroughly proofread and free of typos and errors. The content is the same in the two editions. It is truly gorgeous, thanks to the cover art and illustrations by my very talented friend, Rashmi Thirtha Jyoti.
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Praise for the book:
“Quite simply, the best book on the LSN in the English language. It is no exaggeration to call Glorious Alchemy divinely inspired. Completely comprehensive, detailed and yet totally accessible, it is an incomparable work. If only we had such a book for every Tantrik recitation text or long-form mantra! This is a perfect example of the Tantrik science of exegesis, and perfectly demonstrates why it is so necessary and beneficial. I would especially draw the practitioner’s attention to the utterly sublime bhāvanās or guided meditations scattered so abundantly throughout the text — these alone are worth ten times the price of admission. Indeed, they are priceless jewels in this crowning text of Goddess-centered Tantrik sādhanā.”
The recitation of the thousand names of the Divine Mother known as the Lalita Sahasranama is one of the most powerful and popular spiritual practices among devotees of the Goddess. The background for these names is the sophisticated system of nondualistic Tantra known as Sri Vidya. Because of its complexity and the secrecy of many of its lineages, Sri Vidya has remained mostly an enigma to the uninitiated. In Glorious Alchemy, Dr. Kavitha Chinnaiyan introduces the esoteric philosophy, metaphysics, mythology, devotional sentiment, and yogic discipline of this profound tradition with elegant clarity. With the humility and respect of a devoted practitioner and the rationality of an educator, she makes the divine names come alive, showing how the Lalita Sahasranama reveals a path back to the Great Mother. This book is an invaluable blessing to those interested in tantra, yoga, nonduality, the divine feminine, and the Hindu worship of the Goddess. This is the book I wish I could have written.
Written in lucid English with illustrations and charts, the text is a must-read for understanding Śākta Tantrism. I am confident that Śākta aspirants, as well as scholars seeking insider perspectives on Śākta Tantrism, will find this text invaluable.
Glorious Alchemy is more than a book; it is a living revelation that those who love Devi, those who wish to deepen their relationship with Her, and those who have yet to remember Her, have all been waiting for.
Besides containing one of the best overviews of the View of nondual Tantra I have ever come across, this workbook also includes many self-reflective exercises that assist in integrating the more esoteric aspects of Śrī Vidyā with moment-to-moment experience.
…a fresh yet erudite, systematic yet devotionally charged revelation that brings an ancient prayer, and an intimate vision of the Goddess herself, vividly to life.
As a reference work Glorious Alchemy is a source of information to which the reader will return again and again; as a devotional manual it inspires; and as a guide to meditative practice it provides effective, step-by-step instruction to the spiritual seeker. In short, this is a work of lasting value
Simply beautiful! I wholeheartedly recommend this monumental work on Sri Vidya.
This book is an invaluable blessing to those interested in tantra, yoga, nonduality, the divine feminine, and the Hindu worship of the Goddess. This is the book I wish I could have written.
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