For the benefit of those who do not know Tamil, no 2 ,says Devi as ‘ Christava Darsana Vidya Devi and no 5 reads as ‘Islamya Darsana Vidya Devi’
Adi Shankaracharya had also written on this subject, apart from the Soundaryalahari,in Prapanchasaara. In Tamil Devi Upasana is explained in the Thirumaniram of Thirmoolar and in the Abirami Andhaadi of Abhirami Bhattar. Very recently Ramana Maharishis’s disciple Kavyakanda Ganapathy sastri has written Dasa Mahavidya. These are the sources of the Devi Upasana and no other text has the authority on this Subject. I am writing this, as, after posting a few articles on this subject,I have come to know that unscrupulous people posing as Gurus have misled people ,initiating them of SriVidya about which they know nothing, quoting some text,s and have landed people into serious physical and mental problems. I have warned of this in my post earlier.
Sri Vidya is that which grants Knowledge and Prosperity or Knowledge of Prosperity. As Knowledge that liberates the Soul it has no equal. The special feature is that it grants both prosperity and Liberation n the after Life, nay, Liberates one from the cycle of births and deaths. In two short phrases Lalitha Sahasranama describes Goddess Lalitha as .Bhaktha Sowbhagyadhaayini’ One who grants every thing for the welfare of Her Devotees. She is The Universal Mother. The Lalitha Sahasranama begins addressing the Goddess as The Mother , Mother of Prosperity, “Sri Matha, Maharajne’ As Knowledge of Prosperity Sri Vidya it gives scope for prosperity in this world through Saguna Upasana and for Beyond by Nirguna Uapasana. Sri Vidya combines Gnana, Bhakti, Karma and Raja Yoga and synthesizes them in one format. It also provides for Dualism,Dwaita and Advaita in worship. As a Devotee if one worshps the Devi as different from the Self, it becomes Dwaita. When Sri Vidya is practiced as the raising of Kundalini through the Chakra in the Human Body it becomes Yoga. In Kunḍalini yoga, one realizes divine consciousness through the activation of the hidden energy of Kunḍalini. There are six centers (cakras) in the spinal channel. Kunḍalini is said to be initially coiled up at mulādhara. She is the Mother. She passes through these six from mulādhara at the bottom of spine to ajna at the forehead, then to the crown of the head (sahasrāra) where individual consciousness fully unites with cosmic consciousness. When you concentrate on the Unity of Shiva and Shakti, it Unites Shaiva and Shakta.(Aikyaanusnathaanam) When one meditates on the Devi as an expression of the Universal Self, Brahman, it is Advaita. As the mantras are mystically locked, it is Mantra Shastra.