Monthly Archives: June 2006

Saved from the mAraNa prayoga by the yakShiNi

We have seen the hits of a few mAraNa prayoga-s in the past but never had we seen vaisvasvata’s agents more closely than now. Some how the Northern journey is an opportunity for the mAraNa of the vairis. We were … Continue reading

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Some words on the netra tantraM

tryambakaṃ yajāmahe sugandhiṃ puṣṭi vardhanam urvārukam iva bandhanān mṛtyor mukṣīya māmṛtāt The netra tantra commented upon by the famous kShema-rAja, student of abhinava-gupta, is of some what later origin amongst the shaiva tantras. It is not listed as a primary … Continue reading

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siddhAnta tantrics and the mainstream brahminical path

I have yarned a lot on this topic from different angles: 1) The shaivas: the pAshupata-s 3) dvijas and non-dvijas in the shaiva cults 2) The kAlAmukhas-I 4) kAlAmukhas-II But I was brought back to it because ST happened to … Continue reading

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varmashiva

“tato devA rudraM nApashyaMs te devA rudraM dhyAyanti tato devA UrdhvabAhavaH stunvanti brahmaikaM tvaM dvi-tridh-ordhvam adhash cha tvaM shAntish cha tvaM puShTish cha tvaM tuShTish cha tvaM hutam ahutaM vishvam avishvaM dattam adattaM kR^itaM akR^itaM paraM aparaM parAyaNaM cheti “ … Continue reading

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The great battle of the ghR^itagaNa cha dvyAmlaka

While we were still being relentless hammered by the shiva-yuvatI of mahArudra, we decided to attend to the long-standing battle where the young yoddha was faltering. It was the glorious quest of what was code-named: “ghR^itagaNa cha dvyAmlaka”, a high … Continue reading

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In the midst of the rAkShasas

Having set the spot for the rendezvous with the svastrI, and having made preparations for the life in the wild we moved of to the abyss. We wished we were accompanied by the learned muni or the knower of spiders, … Continue reading

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Heading into the great unknown

In a few hours we head into the great unknown. We thought last night that we had shaken of the “crane-arrow” after a costly expedient. Today we are not sure if this is so. Whatever the case, over the next … Continue reading

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von Nopsca’s Jurassic deja vu

Franz Baron von Nopsca of the Austria-Hungary empire (1877-1933) was one of those outliers in the bell-curve whose life makes an interesting story. From an early age I was inspired by his scientific virtuosity, while all the time being repulsed … Continue reading

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Stabilimenta

R and I like naturalists for almost a century before us were fascinated by stabilimenta of spider webs and wondered what their role was. R independently of the great Eisner had a belief that stabilimenta might have role in warning … Continue reading

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The aspirants

RM had a charismatic appearance and could present a himself as an intellectual. He was not a svayaM prakAsha but picked up knowledge from different generally reticent sources and presented to his circle of largely ignorant friends. He widely lectured … Continue reading

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sugrIva and the prince of B’lore

The above illustrates the difference between the prince of B’lore (left) and sugrIva so strikingly. sugrIva: Behind of wicket off=32.2% total=61.1% front of wicket off =28.9%/ front of the wicket =50.1% prince of B’lore: Behind of wicket off=15.8%total=44.2 front of wicket … Continue reading

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The Pauranic testimony and some time lines in Hindu tradition

I believe that despite all the noise on the topics the purANas are at this point more enlightening on certain points than all the archaeology of the Indian subcontinent. In fact it appears important that the future archaeological studies in … Continue reading

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The Bolt

The news reached us that rakShohA agni had cleared 3 of the vR^itra and nirR^iti had gone back her way. We thought the clouds were clearing. But Fourier’s man, who was feared as shUravarman, got the news too. Never had … Continue reading

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mid-night thoughts on Pauranic testimony

“Hindus have no historical sense”; “India is a cul de sac”; “upaniShads and the buddha were contemporaneous and had Greek influence”. I heard all this gibberish and more from my school textbooks and leftist colleagues. I had long back silently … Continue reading

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The temple of irAvAn

In addition to the temples of draupadi ammAL there are a cluster of temples of irAvAn close to the point the where my paternal ancestor first immigrated to the Dravida country. Our clanswoman had obtained a detailed account of the … Continue reading

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atharvaNic saMdhyopAsana vidhi

The practioners of the fourth veda are dying creed. As we may be amongst the very last of the practioners and some who are learning it in a recent revival do not known of how the atharvaNa saMdhya needs to … Continue reading

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Chandas font

The Sanskrit font created by Mihail Bayaryn is the best available now for Sanskrit word processing. In a combination with Itranslator of Svami Omkarananda Ashram it can now be used for processing Vedic Sanskrit of any type including atharvan, sAman … Continue reading

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The defense of oDDiyAna

The famed pITha of oDDiyAna on the earthly plane, was the in kingdom of oDDiyAna, which was ruled by the clansmen of shubhakara-siMha. The last days of this glorious pITha under the constant assault of the Mohammedans poorly known, but … Continue reading

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List of pA~ncharatra tantra-s

With the muni, the shrI vaiShNava and R’s father we have made a comprehensive list of pA~ncharAtra tantras that are supposed to have existed. We simply have little to no details of many of them and cannot say much about … Continue reading

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