Devi is Infinite and Finite
The Divine Mother is the Sound, the
V AK, light and consciousness, yet that
appear to be finite, in the fragments itself.
Dr. Ram Kumar Dadhich
Dean, Rajasthan Sanskrit University
Mystic Glory of Devi Mahatmya is mystic
classic of great celebrity. Want of an
English translation cum annotation and
Commentary of this sacred text was keenly
felt and hence this publication.
The present book is based on the
Kashmir Shakta tradition, Shakti Yoga
and mystic tradition.
Dr. C.L. Raina, a shakta devotee
himself has tried to make emphasis on the
different aspects of the Nava Durga (Life
Urge). The vision of Reality has been dealt
with properly, according to the Kadi
system of worship. Various are the
ways and method to understand the
supreme Word VAK - the philosophy of
being and becoming. In 'this context
or. Raina has conceived Yoga paintings,
through his intuition, as a pictorial tribute
to the Supreme Mother Durga.
Was initiated into the Saraswati Bija
Mantra by Madhavanand Saraswati of
Srinagar, Kashmir at the age of five.
He has studied the Shaiva and Shakta
scripture from the traditional system of
Kadi Vidya of Kashmir.
Had his schooling in the Premier
Institutions of Srinagar. Did Honors in
Urdu at Aligarh; Masters in Hindi &:
English. Phone in Hindi &: Iqaluit at the
University of Kashmir. Worked on the
research project at the Iqbal Institute for
writing monographs on Indology as
Research Associate. Worked as lecturer to
teach research methodology in Iqbal
Institute, University of Kashmir.
Dr. Raina's first love is for the Vedas
and the Shakti Tradition of India. Wrote
research oriented articles on the Vedas,
Shaktivad in Kashmir. To his credit go
some ten books on Indology. He was
awarded Nagmani Fellowship, Buddhist
Fellowship etc. from various Institutions.
He is the founder member of NSKRI, New
Delhi and Director Research of Madhyma
Pratipada Hindi Patrika, Ajmer. Attended
various National &: International con-
fervencies and seminars in India, Trinidad
&: Tobago, the U.S.A.
Presently Dr. Raina is associated with
the Yoga Studies at Florida International
University, (USA) and works as
Programme Director for the Foundation
of Indology &: Culture, Miami (USA).
He has been invited to work on the
Encyclopedia of Africana at the ANWS
at Flu, USA to focus on Mahatma Gandhi
and Ahimsa subjects.
It is well-known that India is alone among the world's
ancient civilizations to retain its goddess traditions. What is
less well-known is that a highly advanced theology
accompanies both popular and yogic approaches to Her. We
are most grateful to Dr. Raina, then, for his exposition and
lucid translation of an important text.
Dr. Raina is most succinct in describing this wonderful
text as "philosophic in theme, mystic in language, ritualistic
in approach, and yogic in practice." His multidimensional
approach to the text reveals Durga as the Life Urge (Shakti)
of the Absolute; as the one who brings protection by
spreading Her Divine Apron, Kavacham; and Who
manifests herself as the Nine Goddesses (Nava Durga), Who
end all evil. All phases of the cycles of the universe=creation,
maintenance and dissolution-are attributed to the activities
of Devi Durga.
Only one initiated into the practices that lead directly
to experience Durga, coupled with rigorous academic
training in Sanskrit and the Sanantana Dharma, could make
this text come alive, as Dr. Raina has done.
The spirit of unity which has been inferred from or perceived
by the men of spiritual merit was on the analysis,
investigations of the bio-physical world. They wanted to see
the global unity within the vast expanse of the universe. The
analysts and investigators who undertook these
investigations were known as Rishis. These Rishis worked
hard to realize the Truth about the Supreme reality vis-a-vis
man and universe. They studied nature with respect to
environment, ecology, atmosphere, time, space,
oceanography etc... to arrive at the Truth. These investigations
were bio-physical in nature and spiritual in content to knowing
the problem of man, with respect to God and universe.
These Rishis were the preservers of Indian wisdom in
succession, who passed the higher truth from one generation
to another in the form of 'Mantras', found in the Rik, Yajur,
Sama and Atharva Veda. They formed their own Ashramas-
hermitages under the. banner of Tapovanam. It was a place
of Sadhana. Whatever they realized or achieved after great
penances in the Tapovanas through intuition is known as
Shruti-the revealed knowledge. Shruti and the Vedas are
synonyms. The word Veda is derived from the root 'vid'
which means to know the truth with sound mind and sound
body about the absolute Reality. It is the guidance revealed
by a celebrated preceptor who could be a scientist,
environmentalist, agronomist, mathematician and above all
the knower of 'spirit'. All these were based on intellect but
were answered through intuition and 'Sadhana'. It helped
the Rishis to achieve the goal of human life, which is
'Moksha' -the final liberation. Verily, it is a state of bliss, filled
with the supreme realization of the absolute.
The Vedas have been acclaimed as the formost source
of knowledge in the library of mankind. This higher
revelation has, remained a source of inspiration for spiritual
and scientific approach to know the truth on the basis of
inference, perception, verbal testimony and intuition. The
intuition has helped the Rishis to be one with the Mantra for
higher understanding and realization of the spirit.
These have been the teachings which were later
explained in the Agamas particularly in the Shakta literature
and Shakta doctrine. They are primarily concerned with
fundamental principles of the physical world around the man
who is but the particle of the Divine, in this mystic universe.
In short, an inquisitive mind endeavors to know about the
human creation, involution, evolution, death and life after
Book's Contents and Sample Pages
Brahma Sutras (77)
Yoga Vasistha (81)
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