The Shiva Mahapurana is said to have come from the mouth of Lord Siva Himself. It is an encyclopedia of various branches of knowledge and ancient esoteric wisdom, handed down through the ages by the grace of the sagas and rishis of this holy land of India. It is arranged in seven Samhitas and written in the Sanskrit language. The rarest pearls are hidden in the depth of the ocean and the most precious gems are embedded in rocks. One has to depend on someone to delve deep into the heart of the ocean or chip off the encasing rocks and expose these treasures to our eyes. Modern man has neither the time nor the knowledge of this ancient language to go through this voluminous book, however wonderful it may be. Vanamali has condensed and picked out the most perfect of the pearls of this ancient wisdom and given it to us as in a form which is easy to read and simple to understand.
About the Author
Vanamali Mataji is a contemporary Hindu contemplative, teacher, and author. She lives in a small ashram in Rishikesh, an ancient place of pilgrimage in the foothills of India's holy Himalayas. Vanamali Gita Yogashram is a small ashram (spiritual retreat and place of aspiration.) overlooking the sacred river Ganga in North India. Vanamali Mataji is the author of The Lila Hindu World Heritage Library. Her books include: a translation of the Srimad Bhagavad Gita, Nitya Yoga, a commentary on the Bhagavad Gita, Sri Krishna Lila, Sri Rama Lila, Sri Shiva Lila, Sri Devi Lila, Sri Hanuman Lila, Lilas of the Sons of Shiva, Gurudeva and The Taste Divine. Sri Devi Lila is published in the U.S. as Shakti: Realm of The Divine Mother , Sri Hanuman Lila as Hanuman: The Devotion and Power of The Monkey God. Her titles on the life of Lord Krishna and Lord Rama are also being publiushed in the west by Inner Traditions Books. Her most recent book is The Science Called Hinduism. Vanamali is another name for Lord Krishna. It means the wearer of a garland of wild flowers. Mata or Mataji means revered mother. Mataji's birth name is Devi, Mataji is a great devotee of Lord Krishna.