Monthly Archives: November 2007

The song and memory

R is a great believer of the view that for every mood there is a song that matches and creates a resonance. Hence, R collects music by this criterion and may play the same song over and over again when … Continue reading

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Dreaming of pleasures

We sat in the train after a brief wait at the station. We received a signal from indra. We opened our eyes from the spell of somnolence into which we were lapsing. We saw two sets of vidyAdhara-s, like those … Continue reading

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The seven-fold agni and the seven-fold troops of the maruts

In the agnichayana/agniShToma the following sequence of rituals are performed:1)At the yajamAna’s gArhapatya the oblations to prajApati vishvakarman are made.2)The adhvaryu carries forth the fire in the eastern direction (agni-praNayana)3)The adhvarAhUti-s are performed in the fire established in the new … Continue reading

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Hexagonal nesting

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aSTamUrti as per the li~Nga purANa

nandikeshvara in the li~Nga purANa narrates the nature of the aShTamurti to sanatkumAra. It records a unique shaiva tradition on the nature of the aShTamUrti and their significance 1) sharva :charAcharANAM bhUtAnAM dhAtA vishvaMbharAtmakaHsharva ityuchyate devaH sarva-shAstrArtha-pAragaiH 2.13.3 ||vishvaMbharAtmanas-tasya sarvasya … Continue reading

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Headed to kurukShetra ?

We made arrangements for our rendezvous with ST and ekanetra. Both passed to us the information regarding the laukIka bhrAtR^ivya-s ranged against us. Knowing that deploying the frontier troops were critical for future survival we consulted regarding how the corps … Continue reading

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kaTuka

We were drawn to compose an epistle on the kaTuka herb (genus Picrorhiza) on account of what we learned during our studies in the atharvan tradition. Extant tantric tradition records a rite directed towards a deity known as the Asuri … Continue reading

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The third hero and khANDavans clash

There was nothing new in the hostile intention of the evil-minded khANDavan-s. Jealous of the great power of the 3rd vIra they wanted to ambush him too. We were not very keen about this happening, because we precisely knew what … Continue reading

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Any reason to be excited by the happenings in TSP

Many bhAratas have expressed excitement over the events in the terrorist Islamic state to their northwest. What does the events there mean and can we make use of it? Unfortunately, India being a misguided soft state may not necessarily make … Continue reading

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Demographic fate of Hindus in the US

A friend brought to attention some interesting statistics of ABCDs’ ethnicity-specific sexual preferences. This combined with other cultural trends allows some estimates of the general future of the Indic populations in mlechChadesha. The table below summarizes the results from the … Continue reading

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