“Progressing with Sri Vidya Sadhana”

Explanation by Swami Ritavan Bharati

Verse 3 from Saundarya-Lahari

Following the Bala mantra practice and special meditation given two years ago, in 2017 we continued the Bala mantra practice along with contemplating verse #27 from Saundarya-Lahari
At this time, Swamiji is providing verse #3 from Saundarya-Lahari  as the next verse of contemplation for initiates in progressing with Shri Vidya sadhana. Since it is part of the ashram evening prayers, many are already acquainted with it.
Memorize verse #3 listening to the recording; then, recite the Sankalpa; recite verse #3 out loud; and repeat it mentally 3 times.
Then each day, recite verse #3 out loud and repeat it mentally 3 times, contemplating its meaning throughout the day. And, at the Sangha gathering in February of 2019, the community mantra for the next three years will be given in a group initiation.
Also, listen to the Meditation and Talk given  by Swami Ritavan on August 16, 2018.  Audios are below.
Recording of Verse #3 from Saundarya-Lahari  


Asya Saundarya Lahari mantrasya

GovindaPada – Rishi

Tri-pura-Sundari – Devata

Anushtoop – Chandah

GuruPrita – Artham

Moksha Sadhane Viniyoga


Verse #3

Avidyaanaam antas-timiri-mihirod-diipana-karii

Jadaanaam chaitanya-stabaka-makaranda-sruti sritihi

Daridraanam cintaa-mani-gunanikaa janma-jaladhau

Nimagnaanaam damshtraa mura-ripu-varaahasya bhavati.


Thou art the sun that dispels the darkness of the ignorant;

to the unknowing Thou art a spiritual flower overflowing with honey;

to the needy Thou art the gem which bestows one‘s heart‘s desires;

and to those who are drowned in the ocean of births and deaths,

Thou art the Rescuer. ( translation by Swami Rama)


Meditation given by Swami Ritavan at Thursday Satsang,  August 16, 2018.

Message given by Swami Ritavan at Thursday Satsang,  August 16, 2018.