The Linga and the Great Goddess
author: Swami Karpatri
edition: 2009, Indica Books, Varanasi
Summary: This book presents an exposition of the meaning of the Linga and the nature of the Great Goddess as well as a debate about the nature of sakti between Nyaya and Mimamsa: two schools of orthodox Hindu philosophy. It contains the Hindi original text in Devanagari as well as the English translation. with notes.
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Introduction:Svami Karpatri (1970-1982), a revered contemporary samnyasin of exceptional personality, was renowned for his deep scriptural knowledge, which he used in his many writing and speeches to light up the Hindu orthodox point of view. The two significant articles presented here deal with the meaning of the Linga and the nature of the Great Goddess. Besides doctrinal and mythological clarifications, we find a sophisticated debate about the nature of sakti between two traditional schools: Nyaya and Mimamsa, which could be compared with those held in the times of Adi Sankara.
This blingual edition (Hindi-English) presents a new translation-the fruit of a collective work-besides the original text in devanagari, in the first book by Svami Karpatri published in English. The notes explain the philosophical parts or reveal misleading interpolations and omissions commited by the first translator of these articles, Alain Danielou.
Prefaced by His Holiness Jagadguru Sankaracarya of Dvarakapitha and Jyotispitha, Svami Svarupananda Sarasvati, who was a close companion of Svami Karpatri, this book clarifies many fundamental thought of sanatana dharma related to Siva and Sakti.
Contents of this online book (index):
The full text of the The Linga and the Great Goddess in English can be quickly summarized in the following table of contents. Becaue these pages are not available to read online, I would recommend you buy the book.
Swami Karpatri and the Protection of Dharma by Jean Louis Gabin [link]
The Secret of Linga Worship [link]
The Principle of the Great Goddess [link]
The refutation of sakti [link]
The confirmation of sakti [link]
Bhagavati as maya [link]
Maya and avidya [link]
The internality-externality of sakti [link]
The indescribability of maya [link]
Sakti in the tantrika view [link]
The existence of prakrti [link]
The distinction between Bhagavati and maya [link]
She whose form is Night (Ratrirupini) [link]
The fearsome (Candi) [link]
The meaning of the mantra of nine letters [link]
The first deed [link]
The second deed [link]
The last deed [link]
The form of Bhagavati in Devisukta [link]
The various manifestations of the potency of Bhagavati [link]
Bhagavati and creation [link]
The secret of icons [link]
The ten Mahavidyas [link]
The secret of puja [link]
She of the male form (Purusarupini) [link]
Bhagavati in saktadvaita [link]
Even beyond the supreme Siva (Sivaparatpara) [link]
The wife of Brahman (Brahmajaya) [link]
Bhagavati as Brahman (Brahmarupa) [link]
Selected Bibliography of Swami Karpatri by Gianni Pellegrini [link]