Monthly Archives: November 2008

The Mohammedan invasion of bhArata, Nov 26-27 2008

Even in my existence I have seen a few Mohammedan invasions of our land, a continuation of the millennial war against the army of Islam starting with the invasion of Mohammad ibn Qasim. In the past we were unable to … Continue reading

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namo brahmAstra-devyai

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Fractal lacework

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The spectrum of synesthesia, metaphors and saMdhya bhASha

I had my first instance of the booba-kiki experience (first articulated by Wolfgang Koehler) rather late in life. It came along with certain kind of realization that I had never been able to articulate before. It finally linked up with … Continue reading

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Some dohA-s of mahAbrAhmaNa sarahapAda

A recent exchange with STi reminded me of my attempts with the vulgar apabhraMsha in which a rich literature of the sahajayAna nAstika-s exist. While the fallen brAhmaNa sarahapAda’s works are reprehensible in a certain sense to one entrenched in … Continue reading

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High alert

Between Oct 19th to Oct 25th the last six arrows were used up. We had repulsed he grAhin but were attacked by other weapons. Now we were without weapons. Till the evening of Oct 15th we held an upper hand. … Continue reading

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The aNDAkAra maNDala of viShNu shrIpati

Construction of the oval by the method of tangent circular arcs. anDAkAra maNDala Two genuine oval constructions: 1) The locus of the mutually perpendicular lines with respect to the centers of the two eccentric circles and the points of intersection … Continue reading

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The zombie dinosaur

Marc was extraordinarily excited about a toy dinosaur, perhaps even more so than his kids :-). R was much less impressed and felt it was not worth the pelf and complained about anatomy of the limbs, the skin, the tongue … Continue reading

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Chasing oxymora

After the self-analysis by the muni and myself we discovered our Achilles heels. But still drawn by the noose of mAyA I was seized by the nishAchari. Lamenting my fate I once used the phrase “chasing oxymora” to our friend. … Continue reading

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Long gone cephalopods

Over the ages cephalopods have attained large sizes on many occasions. The earlier Paleozoic radiations of cephalopods were dominated by the various lineages called nautiloids. Of these, one lineage, which was prevalent from the Ordovician to the Silurian, was Endoceratida, … Continue reading

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The complete index

The complete index Of course it should be kept in mind that my views have evolved on certain issues over the past several years.

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The thought train of cephalopod intelligence

We had earlier remarked about the convergent evolution of intelligence in cephalopods, which lie in the middle of a clade of rather unintelligent animals. I was reminded of these animals by rather interesting report on an octopus in Germany on … Continue reading

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The chants of the rudra-s: a commentary based on our discussions

bhuvanasya pitaraM gIrbhir AbhI rudraM divA vardhayA rudram aktau | bR^ihantaM R^iShvam ajaraM suShumnaM R^idhag-ghuvema kavineShitAsaH || With these chants we exalt rudra, the universe’s father, by day and by night; We specially invoke him, bright, lofty, un-aging, and well-disposed, … Continue reading

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The invocation of Ananda-bhairava

h-s-kSh-m-l-v-r-yUM AnandabhairavAya vaShaT || s-h-kSh-m-l-v-r-yIM sudhAdevyai vauShaT || aIM klIM sauH || brahmANDa-rasa-saMbhUtam-asheSha-rasa-sambhavaM | ApUritaM mahA-pAtraM pIyUSha-rasam-Avaha || akhaNDaika-rasAnanda-kare para-sudhAtmani | svachChanda-sphuraNaM mantraM nidehy-akula-rUpiNI || akulasthaamR^itAkAre siddhi-j~nAna-kalebare | amR^itatvaM nidhehy asmin vastuni klinna-rUpiNI || tad-rUpeNaika-rasyaM cha kR^itvA taistat-svarUpiNI | bhUtvA … Continue reading

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Some notes on the tantra-rAja tantra

The tantra-rAja is a key shrI-kula tantra that forms the basis for many of the practices of the kAdimata. The paTala 34 lists the key vidyA-s which are very important for the attainment of various puruShArtha-s of the kaula practitioners. … Continue reading

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Some artwork by mAtAshrI in connection to recent vrata-s

Some of the family images in display shiva-pUjA devI-pUjA lakShmI-pUja

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A yogin and his dUtI

Being fooled by the outward appearance of a prescription in a tantra, or by his instincts, or in modern times by pop culture, the common practitioner is incapable pairing with a dUtI for successful attainment of yoga. For such a … Continue reading

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