Lalita Sahasranama Self-Study Course
Join us for a deep dive into the Thousand Names of Lalitā Mahātripurasundarī, the central goddess of Śrī Vidyā!
In this Self-Study Course, we will delve deep into the Lalitā Sahasranāma, or the thousand names of Lalitā Mahātripurasundarī. This hymn is excerpted from the Brahmāṇḍa Purāṅa, as a dialogue between Sage Agastyā and Lord Hayagrīvā, an avatāra of Lord Viṣṇu. It is said that it was composed by the Vāgdévatās, the eight goddesses of speech at the command of Lalitā herself. Because of its divine origins, the Lalitā Sahasranāma is said to be an equivalent of the Vedās.
The thousand names span the entire teaching of Śrī Vidyā philosophy and practice. The beauty of this great hymn is that it is the “cure for all ills” – physical, mental, emotional, psychological, or spiritual. When chanted or heard regularly, it changes one’s perception, behavior and thought process, infusing ordinary experience with shimmering beauty and sweetness. Living spaces where it is chanted or played are cleared of dreariness and are infused with light and harmony. Most importantly, this hymn steadies the mind by clearing out the debris of conditioning and prepares the practitioner for deeper states of meditation and japa (the practice of mantra).
“You don’t even have to know what the Thousand Names mean. Mere recitation or listening of it is powerful enough!”
“We will learn not just the superficial meanings of these names, but explore their application in our practice and daily life.”
We don’t even have to know what the Thousand Names mean. Mere recitation or listening of it is powerful enough! However, when we learn what each name means, we open ourselves exponentially to the power of the hymn. When we approach the Lalitā Sahasranāma with even a cursory understanding of the Thousand Names, a mysterious thing begins to happen – we are plunged into the ocean of her grace. The Thousand Names begin to manifest in our ordinary experience, where their deeper and unexpected meanings “come” to us, seemingly out of the blue. Eventually, our entire existence begins to look like a garland of the Thousand Names of Lalitā. And life as we know it is forever transformed.
Accordingly, in this course, we will learn not just the superficial meanings of these names. We’ll explore their application in our practice and daily life.
Additionally, we will learn the correct way of chanting the Lalitā Sahasranāma along with the nyāsa (installing the deities of the hymn in our bodies), meter, bhāva (intent and mood), and pronunciation.
This course provides extensive materials including videos and audios of the class, videos and audios of the discussions that occurred immediately after each class during the live course, handouts and supplementary recordings. All materials are immediately available upon enrollment, and can be perused at your own pace.
“Prior to this course, I was not aware that the path of the goddess could possess such depth, fulfillment and reward.”
“I am so grateful to have had the pleasure of studying and being with you every day through the Lalita Sahasranama course, and to receive the blessings of the Devi’s Shakti through you-who-are-She. You have done SO much towards allowing Her to come fully alive for me.”
“I’m truly blessed and grateful to be able to be part of this and to learn so much in such a short time through you.”
“Thank you for a spectacular guided journey into the heart of the Devi over the Navrathri. She was a scintillating vision of Glory and Grace. The lesson structure and the course materials were so helpful. Your passion, patience, knowledge and discipline demonstrated both Bhakti and Gnana.”
“This is absolutely the best gift I could have given myself. Your teachings are magical and your voice when you sing is exquisite. It is so easy to sense that the Devi is channeling through you.”
“I remain indebted to you for all the wonders you are making it happen through this amazing journey.”
“I am blown away at the depth of our knowledge, and the generosity with which you share it.”
Scholarships are available on an as-needed basis. Please apply here.
Continuing Education for Yoga Teachers
Our courses, both live and self-study, can be used towards Yoga Alliance Continuing Education requirements for all RYTs already registered with Yoga Alliance. Go here for how to upload your hours.