"The proper study of mankind is woman."

Nataraja Guru.


"Even Shiva is not as great as you when you understand. This is the highest water mark of spirituality; you can abolish Shiva and the Goddess. The fire of Shiva worships you and Her put together. You understand the Absolute and that is all; you become the Absolute. There is no birth, no duration of life, no death, these are only name and form. The Saundarya Lahari  says only that you are the Absolute. The fire of destruction of the world becomes the waving lights of worship for that man who can say of the Goddess, "I am You"."


Nataraja Guru



An editorial note on the structural diagrams accompanying these verses.
It will be noted that these diagrams are not consistently the same for any particular verse or subject. As Nataraja Guru often said on the subject of Structuralism, "You cannot pin it down; if you nail down the four corners, you get a chair or a table - it does not dance".
These structures represent dynamisms at the highest level of abstraction and generalisation. As with modern physics, there is always a certain principle of indeterminism involved. Interested readers are advised to consult the various commentaries on a particular verse as found in different texts and compare them; reaching their own conclusion. This is not dogma but methodology


The original Sanskrit text can be found at http://www.vignanam.org/veda/soundarya-lahari-devanagari.html

A transcription of the text into roman characters can be found at http://www.vignanam.org/veda/soundarya-lahari-english.html

An index of various versions and comments on the Saundarya Lahari can be found at index.php/content/247-saundarya-lahari-index


b) Introduction to the 1973 Commentary:

An introduction to the Saundarya Lahari, with an outline of the problems raised by its authorship and its place in Advaita Vedanta. The difficulties of interpretation can be resolved by an understanding of structuralism or protolanguage.
A series of short titles for the verses
Students' notes taken during the course of the Guru's years of study of the Saundarya Lahari, accompanied by numerous structural diagrams by the Guru. These notes also cover other related subjects: the plays and poems of Kalidasa and other Sanskrit authors, examples of structuralism from the western context, notes for a film treatment of the Saundarya Lahari, Western and Islamic mysticism, Bergson on Einstein, the Quran etc.
A finalized version of the English verse translation of the Saundarya Lahari by Nataraja Guru.
Commentaries on Shakuntala and other works by Kalidasa and other fragments related to the subject.
Various fragments of Kalidasa's work.


A translation of the 100 Verses, giving the slight variations in different copies of the finalized text
i) A Partial Commentary from 1969:
k) An Early Partial Commentary on the Saundarya Lahari  from 1970:
l) Commentaries and Structural Analyses of Various Texts on Erotic Mysticism, and others.: