Monthly Archives: February 2005

The apparition of Saturn on 13th Jan.

Saturn was at its closest on 13th. Marc spent a while observing it with his 8 inch sweetie. I saw it with my eyes from the plane window just before landing in bhAratavarsha. I always felt Marc was favored by … Continue reading

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The adaptive radiation of avian and para-avian clades

Adaptive diversification of avian and para-avian clades. Left: Epidendrosaurus and Microraptor; Right: A sinornithosaur (wonderful artwork of L.Rey). The recent dinosaurian finds suggests how adaptive radiation in birds and their closest sister clades of maniraptoran dinosaurs proceeded along very distinctive … Continue reading

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Neuquenraptor argentinus and the deinonychosaurs

Neuquenraptor argentinus For a while the deinonychosaurs comprising two great clades: the dromeosaurs and the troodontids were known only from the Late Cretaceous of Northern hemisphere (Central Asia and North America]. They were the closest sister group of the birds, … Continue reading

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agni, the divine hotars and the adhrigupraiShasaMpraiSha

Before the animal sacrifice of the pashubandha the maitravaruNa priest utters the chant (RV 4.15.1-3):agnir hotA no adhvare vAjI san pari nIyate/ devo deveShu yaGNYiyaH //agni, the hotar, being the booty bearing horse, is led around in our sacrifice; a … Continue reading

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The inversion

Jx had procured himself a cell phone. After some time somAkhya had also purchased a cell phone. Jx had all kinds of problems with his phone. Everyone who would look at Jx’s phone would say: “Wow that is a great … Continue reading

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The kAlAmukhas-I

One of the most enigmatic of the shaiva groups of India were the kAlAmukhas. Their origins and the rise to power are shrouded in mystery. An added mystery is their suddence disappearance despite their prominent presence in the mideaval period. … Continue reading

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Game Levels

There were the two players of Tetris who were known as Wump and Tump. They Wump and Tump were good each playing at their respective level. But obviously one was better than the other. My strI finally gave me a … Continue reading

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pratya~NgirA and kR^ityA prayoga

There was more than one discussion recently as to whether the tantric goddess pratya~NgirA was associated with a kR^ityA prayoga. The atharvan text clearly deploys the sUkta of pratichIna A~Ngirasa as a counter charm against kR^ityAs. An extension of the … Continue reading

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Fourier’s spells blocked

Mr. Engineer of Mangalagrama (We shall call him Fourier after his fascination for illustrating Fourier transforms) had become a vairi of our clansmen on account of his daughter. His friend had controlled the bhuta that the board had and gave … Continue reading

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The primal shrine of vighnadeva

We pay obscience to the terrible medholka, who is surrounded by the eight extraordinarily beautiful goddesses clad in shimmering blue silks: tIvrA, chAlini, nandA, bhogadA, kAmarUpiNi, ugrA, tejovatI, satyA and is embraced by vighnanAshini who is seated beside him. oM … Continue reading

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khAnDavaprastha

Those battles were over. Our gaping breaches in the fronts of sharirasya oShadhi, dagdaratha and kosha remained, but the realization dawned on us that we had won the encounter. Our amAtya and sachIva had been unfortunately cursed with naraka which … Continue reading

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tumburu, the manifestation of rudra

From the northern head of the terrible rudra, known as the vAmadeva head, manifests the emanation of vAmadeva known as the four-faced tumburu surrounded by his 4 sisters. From the four faces of tumburu narrate the four great vAma tantras: … Continue reading

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Cell Phone sales

We shall dialate upon the cell phone+digital camera sale saga when we get the chance later. But we must remark that we reached the last shop keeping cell phones at the end of a long and arduous trek. We did … Continue reading

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