Monthly Archives: September 2007

sarvatobhadra maNDala

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The saiddhAntika-s and the kaumara-s

I was examining a kaumAra manual used by priests from Kilmangalam (a village near the town of Periyakulam) for the worship at the aruLmigu bAlAsubrahmaNya temple. The temple is itself was built around 1020 CE by one of the greatest … Continue reading

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USA and the Islamic powers: Recent events

A number of news items are of some interest in terms of the manufacture of opinion, and the clash of civilizations between the Judaeo-Christian west and Islam.Item 1: The visit of the Iranian president to the US and the Columbia … Continue reading

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Gregory Paul’s prescience

The previous snippets on related topics:* The big and small of theropods* Organ and Edwards on dinosaur genomes* Microraptor as a biplane* Jurapterxy- wrong inferences?* Tyrannosaurs and morphological evolution in coelurosaurs* The rise of tyrannosaurs* Buitreraptor* The adaptive radiation of … Continue reading

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Why has he attained eko mAnuSha Ananda ?

We finally had that chance for the wonderful meeting with ekanetra and ST. ST said: “I think I have found one who has ekomAnuSha Ananda”. “Lead us to that one” we said. ST lead us to her charming friend jAyadrathi, … Continue reading

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Skin color of Indians (and others)

Indians more than any other ethnic group are aware of the dramatic variation in their skin color. This may be seen right in the same family (especially in brahmin households from the southern part of the peninsula) with all the … Continue reading

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Where have we come?

ekanetra brought to mind an old incident. duShTa-putraka, gola-mukha and pIDAmukha were all exultant being at the brink of a great victory against us in the patra-spardha. But ekanetra and me rallied our forces and snatched victory from them. I … Continue reading

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Some notes on the evolution of the mantra shAstra

A hall mark feature of the Hindu tradition right from its proto-Indo-Iranian antecedents has been the mantra shAstra. It is the mainstay of both the orthopraxy (AstIka matas) as well as most heteropraxies (namely bauddha and jaina matas) of the … Continue reading

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The recent great apes of Africa

Today 4 great apes still survive in Africa all of which share a more recent common ancestor to the exclusion of the Asiatic Pongo and appear to have diversified relatively recently from a common ancestor in Africa. The 4 African … Continue reading

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The signal for the long drawn charge

How did we get to this state:* The imprisonment* kR^ityA troubles* The kR^ityA strike* The kR^ityAstra strike* Towards the battle of kAla-nirNaya* Battle of himaprArambha* The 3 front warWe stood there alone waiting for the signal. Suddenly, in the cooling … Continue reading

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1998 redux

14th July 2007 It looked as though the khANDavans have launched the biggest attack yet. To put it simply it was devastating. The intelligence agents reported that there were only two paths leading from the point of the original encounter. … Continue reading

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