"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


a) Index of the Finalized 1973 Commentary on the Verses of the Saundarya Lahari with Structural Diagrams.

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.
c) Saundarya Lahari Verses Titles:
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.
e) Saundarya Lahari Verses Finalized:
A finalized version of the English verse translation of the Saundarya Lahari by Nataraja Guru.
f) Other Texts on Erotic Mysticism
Commentaries on Shakuntala and other works by Kalidasa and other fragments related to the subject.
g1) A further, fragmentary commentary on Shakuntala
g2) A translation of Kalidasa's Shakuntala
g3) Kalidasa fragments
Various fragments of Kalidasa's work.


h) Saundarya Lahari Variants:
A translation of the 100 Verses, giving the slight variations in different copies of the finalized text
i) A Partial Commentary from 1969:
Verses 1 to 10

Verses 42 to 50

Verses 51 to 60

Verses 61 to 70

Verses 71 to 80

Verses 81 to 90

j) Various Short Comments on all the Verses from 1969
k) An Early Partial Commentary on the Saundarya Lahari  from 1970:
Verses 1 to 15
Verses 16 to 30
Verses 31 to 41
l) Commentaries and Structural Analyses of Various Texts on Erotic Mysticism, and others.:

Film Generalities, Miscellaneous texts, Kalidasa's Shakuntala, Darsana Mala.

Science of the Absolute, Miscellaneous texts, Texts on the Chakras, Kalidasa, Upanishads
Kandukavati, from Dasakumaracarita by Dandin
Kalidasa's Malavikagnimitra
Kalidasa, Science of the Absolute, Darsana Mala, Quran, Upanishads.

m) Structuralism 1

n) Structuralism 2