Monthly Archives: April 2006

Mysterious early mahA-chInAchArya-s

It is clear that the chInas have had contact with the Indians over a long period and have imbibed various forms of Hindu thought. It is also well-known that the bauddha influence on the chIna-s was profound from the early … Continue reading

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The battle of the train and bus towns

As many issues remain still murky and we are still behind the haze we cannot narrate much. It was wild ride is all we can say. We knew that one of our greatest sapatna-s stood straight in our path. It … Continue reading

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From parIkShit’s window

From the top of the fort, from the window we watched the desolate landscape cloaked in the moist haze of indra sprinklings. The last cry of the bird had been heard for the day. The amAtya and the shachiva were … Continue reading

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daNDin’s pUrvapIThikA of dasha-kumAra-charitra

The 3rd stride of viShNu as well as his snake is the enduring Hindus symbol of the axis that precesses with the passage of kAla or time. Right from the R^igveda this axial role of viShNu is at the fore … Continue reading

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Najash rionegrina and Yurlunggur camfieldensis

During the flight with the yakShiNi we grew interested the origins of the giant madstoiids of Australia. There have been several major recent advances in snake phylogeny and evolution. In molecular terms the snakes were shown to belong to a … Continue reading

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bhaTTa jayanta the paippalAdin

I have always felt a close affinity to bhaTTa jayanta, the great scholar from kashmIra. He lived in the 800-900s of CE and was associated with the dictatorial king shankaravarman who kalhaNA describes as a corrupt despot. kalhaNa informs us … Continue reading

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Grains of the Hindus

Driven by the curse of khANDava we were wandering. We decided to drown our sorrows in an early dinner at the dimly lit haunt of yore. We spoke about the traditional grains of the Hindus– we of course debated the … Continue reading

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rudra namaskaraM

Some of the kaTha-s record a praise of rudra when ever they see evidence for rudra in nature:daMShTrA-karAlaM divi nR^ityamAnaM hutAsha-vaktraM jvalanArka-rUpaM |sahasra-pAdAkShi-shirobhi yuktaM bhavantam-ekaM praNamAmi rudraM ||namo.astu somAya su-madhyamAya namo.astu devAya hiraNyabAho |namo.agni-chandrArka-vilochanAya namo.ambikAyAH pataye mR^iDAya ||

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The last flash of Sanskrit and the activities of the Indologists

When I was going through the erudite works of the illustrious scholar and kaula tantrik from the Southern country, bhAskara-rAya makhIndra, it struck me that he was clearly a lineal descendent of that great tradition of encyclopaedic Sanskrit scholars and … Continue reading

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mayUrAShTakaM

mayUra was a famous poet in the court of harShavardhana, most of whose works are lost. The mayUrAShTakaM one of his fine shR^ingAra works survives as a reasonably complete fragment. He is said to have composed it on bANa’s wife, … Continue reading

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The peculiar mythology behind the mAyAvAmana mantras

The hAdi mata votaries from the North also preserved a range of kramas, now largely reduced to auxilliary rites associated as AvarNa invocations of their primary rite of tripurasundarI. This follows the basic pattern seen in the shrIvidyArNava’s procedures. Many … Continue reading

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The hAdi krama

In South India outside of the chera country the knowledge of hAdi vidyA has largely declined. I recall a gentleman telling me that hAdi vidyA is only used for abhichAra purposes. Of course this is an erroneous view. I was … Continue reading

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The pathetic state of Hindus

The Hindus are under the smug belief that they are no longer under the tyrannical Moslem despot or a despicable Christian Whiteman. Despite this not being really true and the sad part is so few Hindus realize that. Firstly, Hindus … Continue reading

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yarning on Anandavardhana

Anandavardhana was a remarkable figure. In my Sanskrit learning I gave him the skip because the theory and practice of alaMkAra never struck a chord in me in my youth (I also had a great excuse). My mother spoke of … Continue reading

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After the pAShaNDa hill

We were trying to trace back the footsteps of besieger. We realized some of the details of what happened immediately after the pAShaNDa hill. We got out of pAShaNDa hill and were confronted by the second “born of soma”. We … Continue reading

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The vItihotras and kashirAjas

Now we shall narrate the great AkhyAnaM of the vItihotras and the kAshirAjas.The vItahavya the descendent of sahasrArjuna, had restored the glory of the haihayas after it was destroyed by rAmo bhArgava. He and his numerous sons the vItahavyas were … Continue reading

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Teshub

Two images of the Hittite deity Teshub: with a trident and axe, mounted on a bull, with the bull-head gear.

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The southward passage

sUryaM cakShur gachChatu vAtaM AtmA dyAM ca gachCha pR^ithivIM ca dharmaNA | apo vA gachCha yadi tatra te hitam oShadhIShu pratitiShThA sharIraiH || (kaliyuga 5107, month: chaitra, shukla ekAdashi, magha) Having reached the end of his span alloted by the … Continue reading

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The enduring mystery of IVC

The IVC or the Sarasvati-Sindhu civilization(SSC) or the Harappan civilization intrigues most historically aware Hindus. It was vast- covering a large swath of land from Afghanistan to Maharashtra. Its was apparently fairly culturally uniform over a considerable space and time. … Continue reading

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The countryside expeditions

The best remembered of our expeditions were those to the city of bhairava, the fort of tridents and the long-winded peregrinations through the Maharatta countryside.In the halcyon days Mis-creant, muscleman S, his shUdra sycophant (shUdra shreShTha=SS) and me were seated … Continue reading

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3 victims

The shachIva and and the amAtya gave us the signals that three kR^ityA’s were dispatched. The strong PM, main victim of Fourier, seemed to be under what might be his final decline. The dUtas of mahiShavAhana were apparently approaching him. … Continue reading

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mahApratisarA

The emanation of pratya~NgirA who may be specifically combined with R^ikShakarNi and karNamoTini is chaturmukhA mahApratisarA. Her incantation may be used to tie a charm on the body. She may also be invoked as emerging from pratya~NgirA and combined with … Continue reading

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An year later

The kR^ityA had hit precisely an year back. We knew that the anniversary strike was in the making. Around 2.30 PM the kR^ityA was seen again; as before, it rapidly breached all the kavachas and burnt its way through. It … Continue reading

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Mapusaurus roseae and the theropods of the South

In my earliest youth I was fascinated by an obscure Late Cretaceous dinosaur Carcharodontosaurus, which was known only from fragmentary remains from the Sahara, described by the famous German paleontologist Ernst Stromer. The few remains suggested that it was an … Continue reading

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