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Kali Puja Paperback – January 1, 1998

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When Swami Satyananda's guru invited him to trek into the Himalayas, he asked what he should bring along. "Nothing," came the reply. Fifteen years later, Swamiji knew the mountain pathways as well as the Hindu systems of worship. His numerous books and translations of ancient Sanskrit texts are available all over India, as well as in the United States, and he is widely regarded as a Master of the ancient Vedic fire ceremony and other systems of worship. Now Swamiji invites us to trek into the Himalayas and listen and learn from the sadhus of the mountains.

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  • Paperback: 235 pages
  • Publisher: Sunstar Publishing (IA) (January 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1887472649
  • ISBN-13: 978-1887472647
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,900,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 6, 2002
Format: Paperback
by Swami Satyanananda Saraswati and Shree Maa
For those of you who want to worship the Holy Mother as Kali this is a great book to get. It offers a traditional way of worshipping Kali. You will learn the mantras, the mudras, traditional worship and tantric offerings to Kali. It is written in Sanskrit, Roman phonetic translation, and in english. I do wish the Roman phonetic translation was more understandable. Also I wish that they listed all the things that are required for the diffrent sections of this book as well, otherwise its a wonderful book on the Worship of Kali. You can do this book all the way through which will take hours or do a chapter or two at a time. The chapters are: Kali Puja, Sankalpa, Ganesha Puja, Kali Dhyanam, Adya Stotram, Puja Naivdeya- Offerings of worship, Adya Kalikadevyah Shatanama Stotram, Kali Kavacam, Sri Kalisahasranama Stotram, Consecration of Tantric Offerings, Gharbha Dhana Viddhi, Mudras for Worship. The Mudras are hand signals that are used to call the diety into yourself are call forth the ancestors. The Ganesha Puju is a small chapter in calling Ganesha and worshipping him the son of the Divine to remove all obstacles and to announce your desire to worship Kali. Sometimes when i can not pronounce the mantras in the sanskrit I use the english translations mixed with the Sanskrit or should i say the Roman phonetic translations.
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Kali is the Goddess who takes away darkness. She cuts down all impurities, consumes all iniquities (evil) purifies Her devotess with the sincerity of Her Love. Now we can worship Her according to the ancient tradition. Kali puja is a treasure house of Her Wisdom.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By She is no more on January 19, 2002
Format: Paperback
An excerpt: "She who is pleased as the autumn moon, She whose purity shines in her lotus eyes. She who has great laugh in extreme pleasure, she who speaks words of remembrance, She who has excellent expression, she whose lotus lips smile" ~~ This book contains many such mantras and could open to any page and find something peaceful, insightful..and motivating. This book will not tell you about the history of Kali, this book is more of experiencing Kali through meditative mantras /prayers....
I open this book at random , usually before bed...for something to ease any stress or thoughts of the day...I highly recommend this book to devotees of Kali, but make sure to also get a historical book as well!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 9, 1999
Format: Paperback
The Guru and the Goddess is really three seperate books under one cover. I was surprised to see such a wealth of knowledge in one book. I found this rare culmination of Hindu wisdom to be extremely illuminating.
The author's treatment of the Kasyapa Sutras is quite unique in that it is the only series of classes by Shree Maa and Swami Satyananda that is currently in print. Swami Satyananda is a student of Vedic philosophy who has actually lived these ancient teachings. His twenty years studying with various Gurus and the fact that he spent his formative years growing up in California have made him a unique translator of eastern wisdom. In this series of classes, Swami explains the Kasyapa Sutra's to a group of western students. His practical, accessable teaching style allows the students and therefore the reader to apply these ancient teaching to our hectic, western life. In addition, questions from the students and comments and songs from the Swami's Guru, Shree Maa make this a most delightful and informative work.
The second section of the book is comprised of Swami Satyananda's translation of the Guru Gita. As in all his sanskrit translations, Swami has the ability to make sanskrit scriptures comprehensible to the western reader. The Guru Gita is the most important scripture for understanding the relationship between Guru and disciple and is a crucial text for anyone who is interested in the Guru disciple relationship.
The Lalita Trishati is a joyful rendition of the three hundred names of this playful Goddess.This is a very engaging scripture for any lover of the Divine Mother. It is very rare to find an english translation of these mantras.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ember on October 11, 2009
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This past September, a path was made to where I was able to afford (and attend) a Fall Festival where the theme was the Hindu Festival of Lights. Five goddesses were represented throughout the weekend and I volunteered to help erect and tend to the Temple of Mahakali. Before this festival, I wanted to educate myself on Pujas and more specifically, Kali's. There would be a Lakshmi Puja and a Durga Puja, but I wanted to co-ordinate with the woman assigned to Kali to do a Puja for the Great Mother as well.

"Kali Puja" is amazing. It is what it is, a complete and thorough "script" or "instructions" on how to perform a Kali Puja. Everything from the mantras to the offerings to the hand gestures / stances. What a wonderful reference and guide!! I could not believe such a beautiful thing was printed.

Thanks to this book, I was able to prepare myself on what to expect and eventually create my own full-fledged puja to radiant Kali Ma. For those devoted to Her, this is a jewel to add to your bookshelf.
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