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Relation Between Lalitha Sahasranamam And Sri Vidya – Sri Chakra

There is a clear relation between Lalitha Sahasranamam and Sri Vidya – Sri Chakra. They are very closely related. This was told explicitly by Hayagriva to Agastya as follows – Upasana of Sri Vidya, worship of Sri Chakra and chanting of Lalitha Sahasranamam would become available only through great penance. Lalitha Sahasranamam was first narrated by Hayagriva Avatar to Sage Agastya.

In specifying the sequence, it was also stated that after worshipping Sri Chakra and reciting Sri Vidya Mantra, Sahasranama should be chanted. These three thus constitute the integrated Sri Vidya Upasana.

There are distinct similarities in the configuration of Sri Chakra and the structure of Lalitha Sahasranamam. In Sri Chakra, starting from the outer chakras, the movement through the nine avranas, terminates at the bindu (the central point); in Lalitha Sahasranamam, too, starting with the description of the grosser aspects of Devi, there is a movement, to subtler dimensions of kundalini, eventually culminating in the unity of Shiva and Shakti, represented by Lalithambika. This movement from the relative to the absolute, finds an echo in the names – “Atma Vidya Maha Vidya – Sri Vidya – Kamasevita”. They describe Sri Vidya as Maha Vidya (Great Knowledge) and also as Atma Vidya (Self Knowledge).

Lalitha Sahasranamam is much more than a eulogy of Sri Devi; it is like a well-structured Shastra, paving the way for the highest purushartha – moksha (liberation).

A profound commentary on the intricate aspects of Lalitha Sahasranamam was written by Sri Bhaskararaya, an acknowledged authority on Sri Vidya and a great upasaka (worshiper).