Monthly Archives: January 2008

3 kaumAra yantras with tangent circular curves

The vR^iddhi chakra (a star formed with 2 smooth fixed-with curves)   The shatru-jaya chakra sarvArtha-dAyaka chakra

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samarA~NgaNa marsha

khaT phaT jahi ! In the tales of Sherlock Holmes many a time the great narrative of Dr. Watson could see the light of day only after a long silent interlude. Even so perhaps the whole history of the great … Continue reading

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Mhasvad: The lost western chAlukya-s and the exploits of kAla-bhairava

In the halcyon days, when our knowledge of chAlukyan history was still sketchy, we were seated on the parapet at the foot of the vAnara hillock and yarning away after having cut a monotonous zoology lecture. It is for these … Continue reading

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The guNa-s of sAMkhya as physical concepts

See also: Elements of sAMkhyan theories of atomism and consciousness in early Hindu thought The case of AchArya vArShagaNya A pervasive element of Hindu thought is the concept of the tri-guNa-s. Their use is common in colloquial discussion: food might … Continue reading

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The case of AchArya vArShagaNya

It is extremely common for ancient Indian AchArya-s to remain mere names, with little if anything else known about them. As a result their dates and biographies are subject to wild speculations and debates. Such debates, often spearheaded by White … Continue reading

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Elements of sAMkhyan theories of atomism and consciousness in early Hindu thought

I was told by some pious modern Hindus attached to advaita thought that I was either a strange case of a “Westernized Hindu” (!) or an “atheistic scientist (what ever that was)” to express such a proclivity for bhUta-chaitanya-vAda (or … Continue reading

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Construction of the geya-chakra

The geya-chakra of saMgIta-yoginI Very few good specimens of the geya-chakra of shrI-vidyA are currently available. There are a few historical yantras of shyAmalA available and they are often inaccurately drawn. However, I happened to obtain access to see some … Continue reading

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The Ara and the Arbelos

When I was young, I was fascinated by the blade held by the clobber and the way in which he plied it in fixing shoes and slippers. This blade (Ara in saMskR^ita) had a special shape and I realized a … Continue reading

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Construction of the shrI-chakra

Much has been said about this topic and it has been technically discussed by a variety of authors. The shrI chakra is one of most intricate and geometrically complex (that is in terms of precise construction) in the entire tantric … Continue reading

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