Monthly Archives: August 2007

An example of kalhaNa’s poetry

guhon-mukhI nAga-mukhApIta bhuripayA ruchiM | gaurI yatra vitastAtvaM yAtApyayujjhati nochitAM | (rAja-tara~NgiNI 1.29)Even though gaurI has assumed the form of vitastA, she does not leave her innate inclinations-she turns her face towards guha (kumAra) and the elephant-faced one (nAga-mukha- vinAyaka) … Continue reading

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On king yudhiShThira’s path

I had a lengthy conversation with KR on topic typical of our conversation — the decline of the dharma. Just when I came out of it the horror of negligence struck me… But I walked through the crematorium like vikrama … Continue reading

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The 27 kalA-s of devasenA

The kaushika prashna of the kaumArAgama gives the 27 fold kalA mantra-s of the goddess devasenA. skanda-patnI should be meditated as being taken as a wife by the fiery son of agni or rudra. Each kalA mantra is made from … Continue reading

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The manufacture of opinion and suppression of freedoms

Many years ago I was being subject to an English examination by an American. The first question he asked me was what is freedom. I defined it for him. Then he asked if I came from a free country. I … Continue reading

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kaumAra yantra-s according to kaumara tantra sAra and kumarAdi mantra samuchchaya

kaumAra jAla yantra OM vaM shaM raM vaM NaM bhaM skandAya khe khe namaH | OM vaM vaM shaM raM NaM bhaM skandAya khe khe namaH | OM raM vaM NaM bhaM vaM shaM skandAya khe khe namaH | OM … Continue reading

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veda mantrokta Ashu-garuDa vidyA

The terrifying AshugaruDa is a dinosaurine deity of the AkAsha bhairava tradition that includes other dinosaurine deities like pakShirAja sharabha and AkAshabhairava. One of the vidyA-s of this devatA involve the deployment of the R^igvedic mantras (RV 10.178) in a … Continue reading

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The iconography of kumAra according to the sanatkumAra-prashna

We had earlier discussed vidyA-s of the various specialized mUrti-s of kArttikeya and their visualizations. Continuing with that discussion we shall now look at the mUrti-s of the god as described by the kaumArAgama known as the sanatkumAra prashna. The … Continue reading

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The fall of the nakShatra-darshA

We were coming out of the house of boredom with Blackie and those who were to be washed away by the flow of dvAdashAnta, like the enemies of sudAsa on the paruShNi. We saw dIrghadanta hrasvaroman, kulu~nchaputra and bR^indAputra moving … Continue reading

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bIja saMpuTikaraNas of the kumAra vidyA and related mantras

The great kaumAra tAntrika, rAmAnuja deshika collected several kaumAra vidyA-s into two compendiums the subrahmaNya kalpa (SK) and the kumAra-tantra sAra (KTS). These contains fragments of the older kaumAra mUla tantras that might be partly or entirely lost. These old … Continue reading

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Battles raging on many fronts

On the front of jIva-sUtra parama padAratha we had faced a terrible defeat due to the mechanisms of our current bhrAtR^ivya and old sudAnu. However, our romAka allies gave us a chance to strike through the gap. We ably aided … Continue reading

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