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Glorious Alchemy: Living the Lalitā Sahasranāma

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  • Thursdays, January 20, 27, February 3, 10, 7-9 pm ET

About the Course

The Lalitā Sahasranāma is a Sanskrit text composed of the thousand names of the Goddess. A sacred book for yoga and meditation practitioners in India and around the world, it is a practical gateway to understand Tantra, the Śakti, and how Śakta Tantra’s principles and practices can transform your embodied perspective in a disembodied world.

In this 4-part course, we will systematically explore the Lalitā Sahasranāma (LSN) from the standpoint of practical applications in life and spiritual practice. Unlike other expositions of the beloved LSN, the emphasis here will be on cultivating and contemplating the fundamental principles of Śrīvidyā from a practical and applicable viewpoint. We will learn selected verses during the course, and a recording of the entire chant will be provided for self-learning.

We will begin here with a brief history of the LSN and its developed View, which will become the basis for understanding all the other concepts of the path. In subsequent modules, we will gain an overview of the various aspects of the View through specific verses and their applications in day-to-day life.

This module will lay the foundation for the rest of the course. What is Śrīvidyā? What is non-duality? What is the goal of this path? Who is Lalitā Mahātripurasundarī? The View (darśana) is all important when it comes to understanding a particular path since its philosophy and practices will necessarily require this primary knowledge.
Having explored the darśana in the previous module, we will now delve into its elements through a brief exploration of the Śrīcakra. What are tattvas? What is prāṇa and how is it related to the kośas, nādīs, and cakras? Once we have an understanding of the cosmic map of this tradition, we are able to understand its relationship with the darśana and sādhana (spiritual practice).
In this module, we will explore the role of language in the non-dual Tāntrik traditions and the importance of mantra in practice. What is the role of dīkṣa? What is mantra and how do we choose one? What is the highest form of practice and who is entitled to it? These are some of the concepts we will explore here.
In this final module, we will examine the categories of practice and the concepts of the pure and impure paths.

Participants in this course will learn:

  • The history and overall view of Śrīvidyā.
  • The components of the tradition.
  • A brief exploration of the Śrīcakra. 
  • A brief exploration of mantra.

About Kavitha Chinnaiyan

Dr. Kavitha Chinnaiyan is a Cardiologist and Professor of Medicine at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine in Royal Oak, MI. She is an initiate in the Tāntrik lineages of Śrī Vidyā and Non-dual Śaiva Tantra (also known as Kashmir Śaivisim and the author of The Heart of Wellness (Llewellyn Publications, January 2018), and Shakti Rising (New Harbinger Publications, October 2017), which won the Nautilus Gold Award for Best Books of 2017 and Glorious Alchemy: Living the Lalitā Sahasranāma (New Sarum Press, UK, 2020). Her next book, Fractals of Reality: Living the Śrīcakra will be released in early 2022. She is the founder of Śabda Institute (https://sabda.institute).

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