- Paperback: 235 pages
- Publisher: Sunstar Publishing (IA) (January 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1887472649
- ISBN-13: 978-1887472647
- Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.7 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.8 ounces
Book Reviews of Kali Puja
By Anshuman Banerjee
This book is a gold mine for Kali Maa’s devotees. Everything about Kali worship, Her names, stotrams that She likes all translated so clearly..I recommend it with no hesitation. Kali Maa ki Jai!
By Sidney Thomas
I have been searching for a Kali puja book for years and was so delighted to find this one! I can only say, thank you very much to Swami Satyananda for this sweet labor of love, it has everything anybody could think of to worship Mother Kali.
By Caroline Debois
I love the 1000 names of Kali in this book, it is perfect if you listen to it with CD of Shree Maa chanting the names. Please do get both of them to enjoy moments of bliss with Divine Mother!
By Veer Chand
I have learnt a lot from this Kali Puja book. Things like establishment of the pot, and Adya Stotram translation..the list goes on.it is an excellent book, I am so happy to have found it.
By Debasis Gupta
The introduction says that Kali takes away the darkness and this book takes away all darkness from the details of puja to Kali Maa. Great book! The translations of the names of Divine Mother are so profound and beautiful — just reading the translation is enough to take one to Her Divine Presence.
Swami Satyananda Saraswati’s Kali Puja book is breathtaking in its beauty and scope. Devotees who are serious about performing puja will find this to be an invaluable guide, providing all of the mantras and many of the mudras necessary for traditional household worship. However, I suspect that this book was not meant to be used in a vacuum – that is, it seems designed to be used within the context of practical instruction with a qualified teacher. Beginners will find this book overwhelming and intense – except for a short and beautiful introduction on the nature of Kali as the Divine Mother, there is very little explanation of procedures and the deeper meanings of mantras. The translations are very literal, and thus can be difficult to parse – for instance, it is difficult for one who has never received diksha (initiation) to understand that the “subtle body” relates to the mind and all of those things which can be thought of. This is never explained in the text (though a good teacher should be able to elaborate on these things, and in fact shreemaa.org has many Q&A sessions in its archives that answer many of these questions, as well as free online courses on performance of various pujas.If you are serious about performing traditional Kali Puja, this book is a necessity, but so is a qualified teacher. It may be easiest simply to read it through the first time and sit with it a while before attempting to actually perform any puja. I find this book most useful for its rich source material – things that were nearly impossible to find all in one place before the publication of this volume. If you want the correct spelling of Sanskrit mantras for Kali, this book is invaluable.
By J. Dougherty “Kalimir”
For those of you who want to worship the Holy Mother as Kali this is a great book to get. It offers a traditional way of worshipping Kali. You will learn the mantras, the mudras, traditional worship and tantric offerings to Kali. It is written in Sanskrit, Roman phonetic translation, and in English. I do wish the Roman phonetic translation was more understandable. Also I wish that they listed all the things that are required for the diffrent sections of this book as well, otherwise its a wonderful book on the Worship of Kali. You can do this book all the way through which will take hours or do a chapter or two at a time. The chapters are: Kali Puja, Sankalpa, Ganesha Puja, Kali Dhyanam, Adya Stotram, Puja Naivdeya- Offerings of worship, Adya Kalikadevyah Shatanama Stotram, Kali Kavacam, Sri Kalisahasranama Stotram, Consecration of Tantric Offerings, Gharbha Dhana Viddhi, Mudras for Worship. The Mudras are hand signals that are used to call the diety into yourself are call forth the ancestors. The Ganesha Puju is a small chapter in calling Ganesha and worshipping him the son of the Divine to remove all obstacles and to announce your desire to worship Kali. Sometimes when i can not pronounce the mantras in the Sanskrit I use the English translations mixed with the Sanskrit or should i say the Roman phonetic translations.
From the back of the book:
Kali is the Goddess who takes away darkness. She cuts down all impurities, consumes all iniquities (evil) purifies Her devotess with the sincerity of Her Love. Now we can worship Her according to the ancient tradition. Kali puja is a treasure house of Her Wisdom. It contains abundance Kali’s living tools for living: Her sattvic worship, Her Hundred Names, Her Thousand Names, Her Armor, the mantras for offering bhanga, alcohol, animal sacrifice and how to give birth to spiritual children. These offerings have great spirtual significance when preformed with the mantras which explain the meanings and appropiate circumstances for such worship. Shree Maa, the Respected Holy Mother from Kamakhya in Assam, has devoted her entire life to the worship of the Divine Mother. Swami Satyananda Saraswati has translated numerous volumes of Samskrita Scriptures published in India and abroad, and both are teachers respected around the world. Kali Puja is presented in the original Samskrita, a Romanized phonetic transliteration, and a complete English Translation. This is without doubt the first time that many of these mantras have been translated from their original language. At last the rest of the world is invited more deeply into the mystery of the Divine Mother.
This is a great book as now the secrets have been revealed! Finaly we, the rest of this world can worship Maa Kali traditionally. There is no other book that I know of today that gives details into the worship of the Mother like this, at least not one that is published in English.
Despite my two gievences with this book it deserves 5 stars.
By She is no more “she is no more” (not here)
An excerpt: “She who is pleased as the autumn moon, She whose purity shines in her lotus eyes. She who has great laugh in extreme pleasure, she who speaks words of remembrance, She who has excellent expression, she whose lotus lips smile” ~~ This book contains many such mantras and prayers….you could open to any page and find something peaceful, insightful..and motivating. This book will not tell you about the history of Kali, this book is more of experiencing Kali through meditative mantras /prayers…
I open this book at random , usually before bed…for something to ease any stress or thoughts of the day…I highly recommend this book to devotees of Kali, but make sure to also get a historical book as well!
By Glenn R. Smith “gadget geek”
This book is saturated with pure love of Kali. It will bring tears of joy to those who are devoted to the Divine Mother.