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Código del Artículo: NAB024

por Harsha V. Dehejia

Harcover (Edición: 1997)

Motilal Banarsidass
ISBN 8120814835

Tamaño: 8.6" x 5.4"
Páginas: 120
Weight of the Book: 380 gms

Precio: Euro 11.43

In Parvatidarpana Harsha V.Dehejia exposits the basic tenets of Kasmir Saivism through the celebrated marriage of Siva and Parvati and the image of Ardhanarisvara. Enjoyment of the mythic marrige and the image leads to a greater celebration of the arts inspired by this mythic event.

Review of the Book:

"The author has chosen the astonishing iconographical image of Ardhanarishvara, Shiva and Parfati uniteddd in a single figure, to illustrate the inner significance of the myth, and has also, in an act of bold philosophic imagination, used this image to highlight the basic tenets of Kashmir Shaivism."..
Dr. Karan Singh.

About the Author:

Harsha V. Dehejia has doctorate in Medicine and Ancient Indian Culture from Bombay University. He is also a member (by examination) of the Royal College of Physicians of London and Glasgow as well as Canada. He is a practising physician and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Religion of Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He is married to Sudha and has two sons Vivek and Rajeev, both of whom are economists.


The glory of Hindu philosophy lies in its many splendoured and multiple approaches to the divine. Hinduism is the only religion in the world not based upon the teachings of single individual or text which means that it is not pegged to any rigid formulation of the spiritual path but rather represents the collective wisdom of seers and sages down from the Vedic age at least five thousand years ago to our own day. Hinduism thus provides a unique spectrum of approaches to spiritual striving and aspiration.

Some schools of thought posit an absolute which is beyond name and form. Sankara’s advaita being the most powerful exposition of this path. However there is a profusion of other brilliant expositions by great Acaryas or teachers such as greatest exponent of what has come to be known as Kasmir Saivism. This creative reinterpretation of the eternal truths embodied in the Vedas and Upanisads continues down to own century when spiritual giants like Swami Vivekananda Sri Raman Maharsi and Sri Aurobindo made their unique contribution to the unfolding panorama of Hindu Philosophy.

It is important to understand that Indian philosophy is not merely an intellectual gymnastic but revolves around a cluster of intellectual physical and spiritual disciplines which should lead to a sharpening and clarifying of consciousness and finally to spiritual realisation. The Sanskrit word for philosophy is darsana which means to see not merely to think or to rationate. Indeed philosophy devoid of spiritual content is looked upon in the entire eastern tradition as a dry and ultimately sterile intellectualism.

Kasmir Saivism can be described as the most prominent system in what is known as the Tantric tradition. Tantra, which is in some ways a progression from Vedãntic thinking, involves not a negation of life, but rather a positive life-affirmation, seeking to promote a set of values which are ethically good as well as pleasant to the individual. The long and interesting history of Tantra shows that while it is based upon Vedic foundations, it has incorporated a number of other lesser known but extremely virile traditions, which over the centuries, developed in various parts of India and Nepal. The central concept of Kamir aivism is that Siva is not only the creator of the universe but also permeates its every atom, so that the world is not to be wished away as an illusion but cherished as the voluntary manifestation of the power and glory of the divine. The formless, blissful Siva, becoming the universe, involves what is known as spanda or vibration, which is why Kasmir Saivism is also called Spandacasrra.

The first significant series of texts and studies on Kasmir Saivism were brought out during my father’s reign in the late 1920s and early 1930s. It is now heartening to see a renewed interest by modem scholars in this fascinating school of Hindu philosophy. The present work by Dr. Harsha V. Dehejia approaches the basic tenets of Kasmir Saivism through the central myth of the marriage of Siva and Pãrvati, representing the union of the blissful, formless spirit with the dynamic energy that permeates the universe. This is a myth full of symbolic significance, and is reflected throughout the Hindu tradition in various forms literary as well as iconographical. The famous Madurai sculpture of Visnu giving Parvati’s hand in marriage to Siva is a classic example of this, as also the shrine of Suddha Mahãdeva near Jammu where, according to legend, the marriage actually took place.

The author has chosen the astonishing iconographical image of Ardhanarisvara, Siva and Parvati united in a single figure— half male and half female, to illustrate the inner significance of the myth, and has also, in an act of bold philosophical imagination, used this image to highlight the basic tenets of Kãmir Saivism, and has brought home the fact that this is often referred to as the Yoga of delight or the Yoga of art, and involves a transmutation of consciousness, not by a process of negation, but by a joyous affirmation. He was focused our attention upon the mirror in Parvati’s hand in which seeing his own consciousness reflected Siva attains integrality which then results in the creation and sustenance of what the Upanisads call this magnificent universe.

An even more dramatic symbol is the glorious iconography of Siva Natraja Lord of the cosmic Dance a syncretic image which includes creation (the drum) destruction (the fire) preservation (the upraised hand) and the liberating wisdom. Here again the creativity symbolic duality between the male and female elements are symbolized by the fact that in one ear Nataraja wears a male earing and in the other a female one. Perhaps in his next book Dr. Dehejia could use this great figure to further exposit the joyous and life affirming philosophy of Kasmir Saivism. Meanwhile I have pleasure in commending parvatidarpana to all those who are interested in Hindu philosophy and its creative interpretations.


Foreword ix
Chapter 1Prologue 1
Chapter 2The Spirit of the Agamas 5
Chapter 3Mythic Images in the Indian Tradition 17
Chapter 4The Siva Parvati Myth 25
Chapter 5The Darpana of Parvati 41
Chapter 6Visranti 77
Chapter 7Epilogue 91

Endnotes 95

Bibliography 105

Glossary 109

Shiva Shakti Aaraadhanaa (Worship of Shiva and Shakti): With Roman Transliteration

Shiva Shakti Aaraadhanaa (Worship of Shiva and Shakti): With Roman Transliteration

Código del Artículo: NAC015

por Madhu Varshney


Richa Prakashan
ISBN 8187062509

Tamaño: 8.5 Inch X 5.5 Inch
Páginas: 287 (Illustrated Throughout In B/W)
Weight of the Book: 315 gms

Precio: Euro 11.43


Back of the Book

Madhu Varshney has post graduate degrees in Hindi Literature and in Economics. In her undergraduate studies, she specialized in Literature - Hindi, English and Sanskrit. She is a very active member of the Indian community in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. She was born on August 8, 1945, in Sarai Tarin (U.P.) Dist. Moradabad, India. She has three children, Praveen, Peeyush and Vandana, six grandchildren and lives in Vancouver with her husband, Hari Varshney.

She has been a president of Vishva Hindu Parishad of B.C. ("VHP") from 200l to 2003. VHP runs the largest Hindu Temple and community center in Vancouver. Prior to that, she was secretary and served as a board member of VHP for several years. She is also a former director, treasurer and secretary of India Club in B.C. Her interest lies in teaching languages, folk songs and dances. She is a Katthak classical dancer. In 1986, she established her folk dance group known as "Indo-Canadian Folk Dance Group" which performs folk dances at various multi-cultural events and Celebrations in greater Vancouver.

Madhu is also a poet and has published a collection of poems, "Bhav-Tarang" by Vishwavidyalaya Prakashan, Varanasi, India. She has another collection of poems being published entitled "Uthatee Hiloren". She has compiled five other religious, spiritual and folk song books namely, "Vedika Havan Paddhati", "Shiva-Shaktee Aaraadhanaa", "Shree Raam Kee Mahaa Mahimaa", "Mahaa Shakti Durgaa Aaraadhanaa" and "Lok Geet Sangrah." Two of these books, "Lok Geet "Sangrah" a collection of folk songs from Northern India and "Vedika Havan Paddhati" containing matters relating to Havan were published in 2005 while the other two books, "Shree Raam Kee Mahaa Mahimaa" and "Mahaa Shakti Durgaa Aaraadhanaa" are being published in 2006.


Hindee Varnamaalaa xiv

Mantra 6

Mantra Power9

Mangalaacharanam 10

Ganesha Stuti 15

Sarasvatee Vandanaa 16

Lord Shiva 23

Manifestations of Shiva 27

Shiva-Nataraja 28

Manifestations of Shiva-Nataraja 31

Shiva and Shakti 32

Shiva and Parvati 35

Shiva Mantras and Stotras 41

Mahaa-Mrityunjaya Mantra 42

Mantra Pushpaanjalih 45

Shiva Panchaakshara Stotram 46

Lingaashtakam 49

Rudraashtaka Stuti 53

Rudraashtaka Stotram (meaning) 57

Dvaadasha Jyotirlinga Stuti 62

Shree Dvaadasha Jyotirlinga Chaaleesaa 65

Bilvaashtakam 73

Chidaanandaroopah Shivoaham Shivoaham 75

Daaridraya-dukkha-dahana Shivastotram 77

Atha Shanti-Saarokta Paarthiva-Poojanam 81

Shree Shiva Praatah Smarana Stotram 85

Shree Shiva Chaaleesaa 87

Shree Shivaashtaka 97

Shree Shiva Chaaleesaa (meaning) 100

Atha Shiva Stuti (meaning) 112

Shree Shiva-Ashottara-shata Naamaavalee 118

Shree Durgaa-Ashtottara-shata Naamaavalee 122

Chandee Paatha-Atha Tantroktam Devee-sooktam 127

Om Shree Mahaalakshmyai Namah 132

Mahaa-lakshmyaashtakam 133

Atha Durgaa-Dvaatrimshannaama-Maalaa 136

Prayer to Durgaa 138

Prayer to Mahaa Kaalee 139

Prayer to Mother Bhagawatee140

Shiva Simarana 143

Shivaratri 146

Maha Shivaratri 154

Importance of Rudraaksh 157

Shiva Kaa Shodashopachaara Poojana Tatah 159

Shiva Stuti 161

Shiva Bhajan

Damaroopaanee Shoolapaanee 165

Om Namah Shivaaya 167

Shiva Stuti 169

Karoon Vandanaa Main Umaanaatha Teree 171

Shiva Shankara Ko Jisane Pooja 173

Shiva Praarthanaa 175

Manavaa Nita Japa Shiva-Shiva Naama 177

Shubhakara Shiva Kaa Naama, Sukhakara Shiva Kaa Naama 179

Nataraaja Raaja Namo Namah 181

Om Namah Shivaaya Ko Japa Le 183

Anaathon Ke Naatha, Darshana Do Naatha 185

Hara Hara Hara Hara Mahaadeva 187

Shambhoo Teree Jaya-Jayakaara 189

Mana Shiva Men Aise Ramaa Hai 191

Om Namo Shivaaya, Too Japa Le Mana 195

Mujhe Moha Aura Maayaa Se Shiva Jee Ubaara Lo 199

Om Namah Shivaaya 201

Trikaala-darshee, Triloka-svaamee 203

Dharma Na Jaanoon, Karma Na Jaanoon 205

Maataa Ke Bhajana 207

Ambaa Parameshvaree Akhilaanandeshvaree 207

Aisaa Pyaara Bahaa De Maiyaa 209

Maiyaa Jee Teree Maayaa Aparampaara 213

He Shaarade Maan 215

Maiyaa Ree Teraa Koee Paara Na Paayaa 217

Maan Saba Hai Tumhaare Haathon Men219

Sheron Vaalee Too Maiyaa 223

Ambe Raanee Maan Aadi Bhavaanee 225

Shaaradaa Chaaleesaa 227

Roma-Roma Teraa Naama Pukaare 237

Jaya Lakshmee Kalayaanee 239

Gauravashaalee, Vaibhavashaales, Tujhako Karoon Pranaama 241


Shiva Stuti 243

Aaratee Bhagavaana Brahmaa-Vishnu-Mahesha Kee 245

Aaratee Shankara Kee 247

Aaratee Saraswatee jee ke 251

Aaratee Maa Durgaa Kee 253

Aaratee Saraswatee jee ke 257

Aaratee Shree Lakshmee jee kee 260

Aaratee Jagadeeshwara jee Kee 263

Praarhanaa 264

Sukhee Base Sansaara 267

Praarthanaa Sabake Bhale Kee 269

Shaanti Praarthana-Prayer for Peace 270


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