The Chandi Path is one of the most ancient and complete systems of mantra worship of the Divine Mother Goddess in the Hindu tradition. The Chandi Path comes from chapters 81 to 93 of the Markandeya Purana, one of the greatest spiritual treasures of Hindu spirituality. About the Author Swami Satyananda Saraswati is considered to be one of the foremost Vedic scholars and Sanskrit translators in the West. He is the author of nearly 60 books in nine different languages representing a significant contribution to the understanding of Hinduism and Vedic religious practices. Swamiji comes from the Dashnami lineage of Adi Shankaracharya, and belongs to the Saraswati tribe of renunciates and scholars who are living the life of a teacher and a knower of wisdom, worshiping with both spiritual knowledge and devotion.
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The Chandi Path is one of the most ancient and complete systems of mantra worship of the Divine Mother Goddess in the Hindu tradition. The Chandi Path comes from chapters 81 to 93 of the Markandeya Purana, one of the greatest spiritual treasures of Hindu spirituality. About the Author Swami Satyananda Saraswati is considered to be one of the foremost Vedic scholars and Sanskrit translators in the West. He is the author of nearly 60 books in nine different languages representing a significant contribution to the understanding of Hinduism and Vedic religious practices.
Swamiji comes from the Dashnami lineage of Adi Shankaracharya, and belongs to the Saraswati tribe of renunciates and scholars who are living the life of a teacher and a knower of wisdom, worshiping with both spiritual knowledge and devotion. His Guru, Swami Amritananda Saraswati, initiated him into the Vedic Knowledge, Sanskrit, and the Chandi Path and sacred fire ceremony as his primary system of spiritual discipline in He practiced the recitation of the Chandi Path in the Himalayan snow and in the hot springs of Bakreswar.
Through this rigorous penance, he became impervious to the influences of heat and cold. Through his experiences walking the length and breadth of the Himalayas over 15 years, Swamiji fell in love with Sanskrit and became proficient in numerous languages including Bengali and Hindi. Wherever he went he would learn the local systems of worship and inspire those around him to participate.
In , Swamiji met Shree Maa when he was performing a vow of worship in a small temple in the interior of West Bengal. They toured India, spreading their divine love and inspiration by performing pujas, homas, and sharing their realizations, and teaching their methods of spiritual practice.
In they came to America and established the Devi Mandir, where he and Shree Maa shine their beacon of light from Napa, California. Today, they share all their resources to give every individual an opportunity to access these spiritual teachings. I am amazed. I have never been a Shakthi worshipper, but by some circumstances, I read your book. I am just so inspired after reading your soulful translations praising the Divine Mother. I also watch the Devi Mandir webcams and some of your videos.
You chant with so much enthusiasm and energy… You are such an inspiration. Many many thanks… I will meet you by the grace of God soon! The transliteration makes it easy to chant and the translation is crisp, clear and inspiring. By Phil Stern, Fort CollinsI have been reading the Chandi Path for the past two years and I wanted to share my feelings about the changes it has brought about in my life.
The beautiful Sanskrit poetry makes me want to sing to Goddess! The translation helps me go deeper and understand the games my mind is playing and helps to me to be in the present moment! The philosophy and explanation have helped me organize my life for the better. Teece, Ph. California, USA This thoughtful and profound rendering of a foremost ancient classic of Divine Mother must be approached with reverence, and indeed, love.
Swami Satyananda gives any person with sincere love of God and devotion to spiritual practice a true gift—a way to the heart of God, and therefore to the heart of our true selves.
Our task, then, with our teachers, is pure devotion to the deeper meaning of the text of Chandi Path: discovered through reading of the text, through chanting the transliteration and one day, perhaps, the actual Sanskrit , and through study and meditation upon text and meaning.
The grace comes through these actions of pure devotion to this practice: an awakening and surrender to the Divine and to balance in our lives, destruction of the illusions of ego and attachments in this world, uncovering of Truth or True Knowledge, stillness beyond thought, and union with the Divine.
She becomes our very own. This is the path of Divine Mother, ancient and eternal. The Chandi Path is the story of Divine Mother, and that then becomes our own story. Deep thanks to Swami Satyananda for this knowledgeable and loving gift, definitely of work of pure devotion in itself. We can all share in the benefits of the Direct Knowledge that has been activated in Swamji through the presence of Shakti with these books. They also offer impeccable transliteration of the Sanskrit, as well as instructions in the Tantra or Methods, and even including Secret Mantra decoded from the scripture passed by an initiates Knowledge.
The ancient Scriptures themselves such as the Chandi Path are wish-fulfilling gems which offer the Highest Knowledge to the seeker. Even just having one, in a place where these Powerful Mantras reside the Energy Field is certainly effected, and all sorts of misfortune can be avoided, as well as the appearance of spontaneous good fortune.
The benefits of applying and practicing with these texts, goes beyond mention… From the author of: Yoga Sadhana of the Mother of the Universe: -a Guide to Wholeness Through the Divine Feminine By hikuri Paris, France Those scriptures are very deep, very profund. They aims as acheiving the highest ideal of connecting to the divine and letting Light and Grace flow in our life.
Highly recommended. It really helps to better understand and practice the chandi path. By William H. Howell southern Colorado Thanks to a truly devoted effort and involvement by the author, the potent Chandi Path is available to Westerners.
I also bought a Chandi Path CD in Orginal sanskrit rendering from somewhere else, and it now complements the Book very well. The Chandi Path By Swamiji is definitely worth it for those with a keen ineterest in our vedic Literature. In another application, She manifested in the body of the Worshiper. Jai Maa! Blessings to all who read this! These books will probably appeal most to those who perform traditional Hindu ceremonial worship, called puja. However, this review is to call attention to another aspect of these books which is worth noting, and is indeed highly praiseworthy.
Personally, I do not perform formal pujas, but I love Sanskrit and all the wonderful traditional mantras and hymns of that sacred language. I repeat mantras and recite hymns in my own informal way. As a source for Sanskrit mantras and hymns, there is nothing better than the books of Swami Satyananda Saraswati. I have taught myself to read Devanagari script, so I greatly appreciate its inclusion in these books.
Above all, the script is large, clear, and easy to read. These books are typeset to allow easy reading of either the Devanagari script, or the transliterated text, while performing puja. This is a huge advantage. These books, by contrast, are a pleasure to read. The transliterations of the Sanskrit mantras and hymns follow the precision international system which uses diacritical marks.
I have been glad to see that this system has become more and more universally used for transliteration of Sanskrit. It is here employed with great accuracy, and in a typeface of unsurpassed readability. Without deviating from the precise meanings of the texts, the Swami manages to include and convey his own love and enthusiasm for this ancient and sacred literature.
I rarely look elsewhere for definitive translations. For those dedicated to the performance of puja, these books are indispensible. For those who just love Sanskrit and all the wonderful hymns and mantras, these books are a treasure trove. Thank you, Swamiji! By Linda R.
It is a fearsome battle that takes place over many chapters, but eventually, the Goddess wins and a great celebration ensues. But the Chandi Path is more than an epic story; it is also a path of worship and discovery. I found much to identify with in the negative thoughts and much to be greatful for because, though they were defeated, they were ultimately accepted by the Goddess and taken up to the heavenly realms.
What is given through this ancient sacred text is a method of achieving clarity through the removal of negative thoughts and replacing them, as we identify with the Goddess in all Her forms, with positive qualities most of us would seek to achieve.
What Swami Satyananda Saraswati has done in his translation of this and other ancient texts is made them fresh and new for the present. This is tremendous gift, that the Chandi Path is made accessible to all, including westerners, in the present time. He and Shree Maa have brought the traditions of puja ceremonial worship and path recitation of Sanskrit scriptures to the West in a big way. The Chandi Path, also called the Durga Saptashati, part of the Markendaya Purana, holds a central position in the Shakta tradition, though it is relatively unknown to Western yoga practitioners and those interested in Hindu practices.
In this Story, Divine Mother manifests in various forms to do battle with ashuras demons like lust, anger, passion, too much, and too little. Of course, she wins in the end and there is great celebration. The magic of chandi recitation at the very least , is that as one chants the mantras of the text the activity of the mantra shakti corresponds to what occurs in the story — so the story of the Chandi is really the story of you and me.
This book contains the original sanskrit in devanagiri, an English transliteration Sanskrit in English alphabet , and an English translation. Though the sheer size of the text is daunting at first, if one is serious about experiencing its profound nature, one may begin small and work up to the full text.
It does get easier over time. By Tapasi Heaven The Chandi Path shows us how to be close to God by cultivating a relationship with the Divine Mother Chandi and purifying ourselves to be able to see and accept Her infinite blessings. Ancient Rishis chanted the mantras of the Chandi and gained self realization, and it will work for us as well if we are sincere in our desire to know and love the Goddess. Swami Satyananda says the one who understands it completely is Lord Shiva.
It is truly a divine gift to have a translation of this timeless scripture. The more you study the English and practice the Sanskrit mantras the more you become absorbed in the bliss of Divine Union.
You begin to fall in love with that which has the capacity to offer unconditional love in return. In this world of chaos and darkness we can call on our Mother and she will come and carry us towards the light. The Chandi Path is like the arms of Divine Mother. I am sincere in my desire to know and love God and from my own experience I would be lost without the Chandi Path.
Swamiji has also translated many other books and Pujas to help us along our path. Find what touches your heart and go all out for God. Om Shanti Shanti Shanti. Chandi is the Goddess who tears apart thought. When the thoughts are gone, the mind is still and in that we experience our true state of being as perfect bliss. The Chandi Path also called the Durga Saptashati and the Devi Mahatmyam is more than a translation of an ancient Hindu text, it is the story of our lives.
From an intellectual standpoint, it is a practicle guide to spritual transformation as we can offer all our diffuculties to her and one by one, she will take care of them all. She brings Too Much and Too Little into balance, cuts down the generals in the great army of the Ego, destroys Self-Conceit and Self-Deprication, makes us free from desire and offers endless blessings of pure love.
Early life[ edit ] Satyananda Saraswati was born at Almora, Uttaranchal ,  into a family of farmers and zamindars. He says that he began to have spiritual experiences at the age of six, when his awareness spontaneously left the body and he saw himself lying motionless on the floor. Many saints and sadhus blessed him and reassured his parents that he had a very developed awareness. This experience of disembodied awareness continued, which led him to many saints of that time such as Anandamayi Ma.
Chandi Path Apk by Swami Satyananda Saraswati