Monthly Archives: March 2008

Fancies of the parabola and hyperbola

Many revolutions-of-the-sun ago we were seeking a device that could construct a parabola. We made a discovery in this connection that is exceedingly elementary Euclid for mathematicians, but for us it was an insight-giving philosophical revelation. A parabola can be … Continue reading

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The kAlI-krama

The khachakra as described in the KhPS has an octagonal circuit in which are seated the 8 yoginI-s who are rejoicing at the great festival of the sport of yoga at the graveyard in karavIra. Inside their circuit are the … Continue reading

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The lineage of kAli-kula as presented by arNa-siMha

paNDita arNa-siMha is today a poorly known teacher. From his two works the khachakrapa~nchaka stotra and mahAnaya prakAsha, we glean that he was once part of an illustrious kAli-kula lineage, which began with shivAnanda-nAtha-I who he calls j~nAna-netra or j~nAna-chakShu. … Continue reading

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Musings on some alternative grammarians

durgasiMha the commentator on the nirukta of yAska states: “vyAkaraNaM aShTadhA |”. The physician and grammarian vopadeva from the medieval yadava court expands on the same theme naming the eight forms of saMskR^ita grammar: indrash-chandraH kAshakR^itsn.a-ApishalI shAkaTAyanaH | pANiny-amara-jainendrA jayantya … Continue reading

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AdhAra dhyAnaM

indrAya namaH

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AtatAyin revealed

We wondered who the AtatAyin was, the ari who was being a vR^itra to our kratu-s, the vile kulu~ncha who was prowling among our possessions. We sought the aid of the son of agni, the slayer of tAraka, to make … Continue reading

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sAMkhya as “vedAnta” and a note on evolution of shaiva yoga

The publication of a critical edition and scholarly annotation of the apparent yoga pAda of the mAlinI-vijayottara-tantra (MVUT) by the learned western indologist Somadeva Vasudeva (done as part of his doctoral research) greatly facilitates the study of evolution of yoga … Continue reading

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Some issues of tradition

In discussions with R and some others a few topics have repeatedly come up. While I am tempted to delve into them in depth, I feel my study of the data on these matters is inadequate to present as definitive … Continue reading

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Transmission of the kAli kula tantras according to the chinchini-mata sAra samuchChaya

There was a muni named shIlAchiti in the shivapITha of shrIshaila. His son was a siddha named vidyAnanda who looked like a shAbara tribesman. He lived in shmashAna-s and performed nightly vIrasAdhana by meditating on his chakras. He went to … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on medieval Sanskrit authors amongst our co-ethnics

Our co-ethnics represent one of the last great waves of brahminical settlers to the Southern country – a rather continuous process happening over 2500 years. Among them were many students of the shAstra-s, creators of sAhitya-s, vedic ritualists and more … Continue reading

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Why this thought?

For some reason suddenly a train of thought arose in our mind which as stirred by the crashing waves of the rasArNava. It was about something from the ancient past – from around the time vidruma and lambaka had fallen. … Continue reading

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One waves of the samaramahodadhi

On the darsha day we sat to perform our kratu. But we noticed that there was an error. We quickly regrouped and performed a prAyashchitta. But some fear lingered still if something might slip past. It was sent our way … Continue reading

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The saMvartAmaNDala sUtra-s

|| OM namo akulavIrAya || We beheld him, he who stands with the trident in the midst of the blaze of the dissolution of the universe. We beheld the 62 taijasa mayUkha-s shooting forth! We worshiped nandin at ODDiyAna, kArttikeya … Continue reading

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The “paurANic” element of the pashchimAmnAya

In the days after the fierce battle of dvAdashAnta, after we had overthrown the kR^ityAstra that struck us, we were resting in the city of the karnATa-s. There while meditating on the aghora mantra we experienced that connection with samayA … Continue reading

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The fifty rudra-s

kalashajA had asked me the list of the rudra-s and their shakti-s associated with the smArta shabdarAshI maNDala. Each rudra is worshiped with their particular mantra during the installation of the shabdamaNDala of equilateral triangles and then the yantra is … Continue reading

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