Monthly Archives: March 2005

khANDavaprastha nirIkShaNaM

The critical time for khANDavaprastha had come. We were seeing signs of revolt. We deployed the dual saMGNYAnaM and kAmaM. We heavily rely on that. It had temporarily veiled the other party. But the true effects we will have to … Continue reading

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The primary tantras of rudra

urdhvasrotas- siddhAnta tantrasshivAgamas:1) kAmika 2) yogaja 3) chintya 4) kAraNa 5) ajita 6) dIpta 7) sUkShma 8) sahasraka 9) amshumAn and 10) suprabheda.rudrAgmas:11) vijaya 12) nihshvAsa 13) svAyambhuva 14) anala 15) vIrabhadra 16) raurava 17) makuTa 18) vimala 19) chandraGNYAna … Continue reading

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dvijas and non-dvijas in the shaiva cults

As we argued earlier the kAlAmukhas were rather orthodox, even if electic, followers of the Astika path. Their intellectual prelidictions were rather clear, and they philosophical abilities are also strongly suggested from what material that survives of the shakti pariShad, … Continue reading

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The pain of the cell phones

We saw the wonderous charms of Hayastanika fade behind the impenetrable veils. We conjured memories of eating the wonderous superhot mango pickle on a pleasant spring afternoon and talking of the “pancha-shara mulapadhArta” with the wonderful Kappa on the wonderful … Continue reading

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Descent to naraka

We had earlier narrated how we had spent time in svarga with the apsaras. From there we descended to the himaparvatas- i.e for warm weather souls like us the slopes of the pAshaNDa’s hill. We continued sporting there for sometime … Continue reading

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Some great men from other cultures

Some great men transcend cultural boundaries and simply amaze you with the sheer enormity of their acts. In my opinion these first among these is the great Mongol leader Chingiz Kha’Khan. If anyone comes close to complete success then it … Continue reading

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kAlAmukhas-II

Modern historians have seen the vIrashaivas as an organic evolute of the kAlAmukhas. While their attachment to li~Nga worship, shiva devotion and monastic organization are indeed comparable, there are many differences. The vIrashaiva cult, while found by a brahmin basava, … Continue reading

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From the parAtrIshikhA section of the rudra yAmala

In the Hindu world view ritual and philosophy are intimately linked. From the substratum of the shrauta ritual the ancient upaniShads arise. From the matrix of the tantras the highest kaulika thought emerges. Only one who can fully internalize this … Continue reading

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The Anglosphere and India: new events

One cannot rule out a complex ploy by the US decision-makers (the inner circle). Note the following carefully: 1) Many of the people on these “human rights” organizations have ties with neocons (ironic but true). 2) The core neocons have … Continue reading

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RV 8.41.1

The remoteness of the era of the veda, those oldest words of our Aryan ancestors, are hardly grasped without deep consideration. This indeed is a testimony of the great age of the veda, so hoary that its usages remained mysterious … Continue reading

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The revenge of the temple of rAma-I

The folk mythology of coastal West India holds that the land was reclaimed from the sea by the great bhArgava by means of his axe. Accordingly rama jAmadagnya is widely worshipped in this region. After a brahmin from the Konkans, … Continue reading

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skanda vara

The boons offered by the deity kumAra are of great certainty, but they be extremely perplexing and their good result may only be seen after some ironic hardship undergone by the recepient. Hence is he known as the roguish dhUrta, … Continue reading

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navagupta’s abhichAra

sha~Nkara bhagavatpAda had defeated the famous tantric navagupta of the pITha of kAmarUpa in a debate. navagupta unable to come to terms with his defeat invoked chAmuNDA with oblations of twigs dipped in menstrual blood and the sUtaka fluid. And … Continue reading

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The praise of varAha mUrtI

daMShTrAyAM vasudhA sashaila-nagarAraNyApagA huMkR^itau vAgIshI shasite.anilo ravi vidhU bAhvoshcha dakShAnyayoH /The earth with its mountains, cities, forests and waterbodies are in his tusks, his grunts are sarasvatI (vAgIshI). The air is his breath and the sun and moon are his … Continue reading

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The recombination game

There was always a spirit of competition between me and my father. Same was true of my brother. We felt internally satisfied when we did better than him in some areas of mental and physical ability. Eventually, in the domain … Continue reading

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The heart of the tantra

The very word tantra conveys that deep meaning to the “knowers”. That secret power that resides in the ‘hR^idaya‘ of bhairava and is known as kaulinI. The anuttara of its own confers kaulika perfection. The tantra is like a science … Continue reading

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vibhavas of viShNu

The vibhavas:padmanAbhadhruvaanantashaktIshamadhusudhanavidyAdhidevakapilavishvarUpahaMsakrodAtmanvaDavaktradharmavAgIshvaraekArNavashayakUrmavarAhanR^isimhaamR^itAharaNAshripatikAntAtmanrAhujitkAlanemighnapArijAtaharalokanAthadattAtreyanygrodashAyinekashR^i~NgatanuvAmanatrivikramanaranArAyaNaharikR^iShNarAmo bhArgavarAmachandravyAsakalkIpAtAlashAyin

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The journey to Kashi

Since the Atman, which merely watches, is poised to cast away its sharIra and the old corpses shall lie on the path of no return, as though marked by the dance of sharva, we shall narrate those old events that … Continue reading

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Night of The god

oM atitIkShNa mahAkAya kalpAntadahanopama jha~NkAra-bhairavAya namastubhyaM // We invoke the fierce jha~NkAra-bhairava. We had worshipped the terrible god with the great litany, the mahAnyAsa on the great night that he may be pacified. Having worshipped the great god we were … Continue reading

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The wicks of bhairavAnanda

Having worshipped krodhabhairava and offered his arghya to shikhAshekhara, bhairavAnanda obtained the four wicks of atyendrajAla. These wicks he handed over to the 4 seekers of wealth. This tale is all only too well known to all our compatriots. Now … Continue reading

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Forms of the pratya~NgirA R^ik

yAm kalpayanti no arayaH krUrAm kR^ityAm vadhUm iva / tAm brahmaNA pari nijmaH pratyak kartAram R^icchatu // This version is seen in the R^igveda khila 4.5.1. It may be used for countering kR^ityAs via the procedure recommended by the vidhAna … Continue reading

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mayurashikhA

om senApataye namaH aiM huM kShuM klIM kumArAya namaH //oM shrIM e i u na shrIM rIM kumArAya namaH //We worship the awful skanda praised by in the most glorious of secret tantras, embraced by the beautiful ShaShThi and holding … Continue reading

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kShemendra on kalki

The great Kashmirian author in his text the dashAvatAracharitra which was written in 1066 AD describes the conditions that would prevail on the earth just before the coming of kalki.“The Turushkas, Pathans, Daradas and dwellers of Shakastan will cause the … Continue reading

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The hanumAn cult

The chief of the simians The nilamata purANa indicates that the cult of hanumAn emerged relatively early along with that of his master sugrIva. Soon, in the core Tantro-Pauranic effloresence he developed a major cult of his own and that … Continue reading

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The Buddhist kalki

The bauddhas have internalized the last incarnation of viShNu, the all-destroying kalki or pramati who is said to annihilate the mlecchas and dasyus and restore the world to the Aryas. The kAlachakra tantra of the unclean upachInAchAra stream gives a … Continue reading

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