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Siddha Stotra Mala: Garland of Sacred Chants

Siddha Stotra Mala: Garland of Sacred Chants
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Item Code: IDJ812
Publisher: Yoga Publications Trust
Language: (Transliterated Text Only)
Edition: 2019
ISBN: 9788186336373
Pages: 210 (Color Illustrations: 8 and Several Illustrations in Black & White)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 8.3" X 5.3"
weight of the book: 300 gms
Back of the Book

Stotras are mantras or hymns, which glorify the supreme reality. All stotras are revelations of the sages and rishis and give expression to higher states of consciousness. The main sources of the stotras are the Vedas, Puranas, Tantras and other texts which have been transmitted by memory.

This collection of stotras is presented in diactritic text for correct pronunciation. It is a very special offering to the many forms of the divine, including Guru, Ganesha, Devi, Shiva, Krishna, Rama and Vishnu. Illustrations and colour plates are included.

Introduction

How do we reach, the Atman, or innermost self, which is beyond the senses, the mind or any other means at our disposal? Do we have any idea what this Self is like? The Upanishads declare, "Naiva vacha n manasa praptum": the Self cannot be reached by speech or mind. Fortunately the saints and sages who have established themselves in the state of fullness and realization have given us some indications. They described the state of ananda, or bliss, which leads to an outpouring of that experience in the form of a stotra or hymn. The word stotra literally means a collection of mantras which glorifies the supreme reality, as in Purusha Suktam, a vedic hymn which describes one specific power of the supreme reality, or Vishnu Sahasranam, where the focus is on omnipresence. In this way, regular chanting of the stotras allows one to remember the divine and actually get the feeling of that experience.

A stotra is an expression of that higher state of consciousness, where connection is established with the heart, the center of feeling. In the Sanatana tradition, a very important place is accorded to stotras as a means of awakening bhavana, the faculty of pure feeling. By establishing a strong connection with the heart, we are able to experience shakti, the cosmic dimension of creation, the divine power that manifests, sustains and transforms the universe, as the one unifying force of existence. In this light, Swami Sivananda says, "Devi stotras are powerful reservoirs of mantras. Every verse is a dynamic force which acts powerfully to overhaul the nature of man."

All stotras are revelations of the sages and rishis. The main sources of the stortras are the Vedas, Puranas, Tantras and other smriti texts, which were transmitted by memory. The tradition of upasana, or ceremonial worship, also utilizes stotras as a tool.

Adiguru Shankaracharya composed a great number of stotras. There are interesting episodes related to many of these stotras. For example, Hastamalaka, one of Shankara's four main disciples, never spoke or showed any interest in normal activities. His father brought the boy to Shankara, who asked him, "Who are you?" Out came the most sublime poetry and expression of the state he was in: "I am not man, god, householder, forest dweller, Brahmin or kshatriya, but I am pure awareness alone…. I am that eternal, undifferentiated consciousness." This utterance later became an important stotra of the vedantic tradition.

Stotras are a means to transmit spiritual teachings through the vibrations of mantra. For example, Bhaja Govindam by Shankaracharya is a stotra which awakens vairagya, or non-attachment. Stotras are also a reflection of the eternal truth that the 'name' is greater than God. There are so many names for the different powers of the creator, for example, Shiva, Vishnu, Lalita, Rama, Krishna etc. Naam Ramayana is an example of the glory of the name of Rama. Similarly such stotras as Shiva Mahimna, Vishnu Sahasranam or Lalita Sahasranam fulfil this purpose.

Mantra shastra tells us that there is mystical energy encapsulated in the form of sound. It is possible to awaken that energy through the practice of mantras. Swami Sivananda used to prescribe 'namopathy' when the other therapies failed. He said, "There is an inscrutable power or shakti in the Lord's name. All divine potencies are hidden in the Lord's name." This is because mantra takes one through the different levels of sound frequency from the external spoken word, or vaikhari, to the transcendental level of para, the undifferentiated potential sound which is the unchanging primal substratum of all language and energy. Para is shabda Brahman, or shakti, pure energy.

This collection of stotras is a very special offering to the many forms of the divine and has the blessings of the siddhas and saints of all eras. These hymns give the sadhaka a gentle push by softening and opening up the heart and elevating the mind and consciousness, so that the presence of God can be explained as a palpable reality in one's own spiritual life.

Contents
Phonetic Pronunciation Guidex
Introduction1
Guru Stotra
Guru-paduka-stotram3
Guru-stotram4
Gurvastakam6
Sivananda Mangalam7
Sri-guru-stutih5
Ganesa Stotra
Ganapati-stavah9
Sankatanasana-ganesa-stotram10
Devi Stotra
Annapurna-stotram14
Bhavanyastakam11
Devi-suktam12
Devi-aparadha-ksamapana-stotram13
Durga-astottara-sata-name-stotram16
Durgadvatrimsannamamala17
Durga-suktam18
Ganga-stotram19
Gayatri Mantra35
Kanakadhara-stotram20
Laksmi-astottara-sata-namavalih23
Lalita-pancharatnam25
Lalita-sahasranama-stotram26
Lalita-sahasra-namavalih36
Mahisasuramardini-stotram54
Minaksi-pancharatnam57
Sarasvati-asttottara-sata-namavalih58
Sarasvati-stotram60
Sri-suktam62
Tantroktam Devlsuktam63
Umamahesvara-stotram65
Yamunastakam67
Mahavidya
Sri-bagala-astottara-sata-name-stotram77
Sri-bala-tripura-sundari-astrottara-sata-nama-stotram70
Sri-bhairavi-astottara-sata-name-stotram74
Sri-bhuvanesvari-astottara-sata-nama-stotram73
Sri-chhinnamasta-astottara-sata-name-stotram75
Sri-dhumavati-astottara-sata-nama-stotram76
Sri-kali-kakaradi-astottara-sata-nama-stotram68
Sri-kamala-astottara-sata-name-stotram80
Sri-lalita-astottara-sata-nama-strotram71
Sri-matangi-astottara-sata-nama-stotram78
Sri-sodasi-astottara-sata-nama-stotram72
Sri-tara-astottara-sata-nama-stotram69
Siva Stotra
Chamakaprasnah120
Dvadasa Jyotirlingani114
Lingastakam83
Mahamrtyunjaya Mantra99
Rudrastakam85
Siva-aparadha-ksamapana-stotram86
Siva-manasa-puja97
Sivanamavalyastakam96
Sivapanchaksara-stotram93
Sivasadaksara-stotram82
Siva-sahasra-namavalih100
Siva-tandava-stotram94
Sri-daksinamurti-stotram81
Sri-rudraprasnah115
Sri-sivamahimnah Stotram88
Sri-sivastakam84
Vedasara-siva-stotram98
Visnu Stotra
Narayana-suktam123
Purusa-suktam125
Sri-dasavatara-stotram124
Sri-visnu-sahasranama-stotram127
Sri-visnu-sahasra-namavalih133
Rama Stotra
Nama-ramayanam147
Sri-ramaraksa-stotram150
Sri-rama-stuti153
Sri Ramacharita Manasa Mantra Patha154
Sri-hanumana-chalisa160
Krsna Stotra
Achyutastakam163
Dehi Padam173
Krsnastakam164
Madhurastakam174
Mohamudgara175
Sri-krsna-sata-nama-stotram165
Sri-krsna-astottara-sata-namavalih167
Govindastakam170
Govinda-damodara-stotram171
Sri-gopala-vandana178
Miscellaneous Stotra
Aditya-hrdayam179
Brahma-Jnanavali-mala183
Hastamalaka-stotram188
Kaupina-panchakam-stotram181
Nirvanastakam182
Santi-mantram186
Svasti-vandana187
Santi-Patha190
Vaidika Santi Mantra184

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