Monthly Archives: September 2009

Yet another geopolitical yarn

As the va~Nga paNDita said it is no more fun to talk of geopolitics for what we have been prognosticating is turning out to be so nauseatingly true. Further, whatever new stuff we might have to say turns out to … Continue reading

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tryashra krIDa

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We were engaged in a conversation with ekanetra on variety of topics ranging from the preceptorial genealogies of the medieval advaita vedAntins to the mudgara-swinging bludgeon-men of parAkrama-bAhu in the “siMhala-damila mahAyuddha”. When, in the middle, ST chimed in that … Continue reading

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Tianyuraptor, Hesperonychus and Anchiornis

Anchiornis The enormous diversity of small dinosaurs is only recently becoming apparent. This is not surprising because birds, which are at the low end of the dinosaurian size spectrum, show considerable diversity today. The discovery of small dinosaurs has been … Continue reading

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turuShkANAM madhyAhna

“The Sultan has drawn near to Allah, the lord of majesty and omnipotence, the creator of the world of dominion and sovereignty. The Sultan who is Allah’s slave made mighty with allahic power, the Kalif, resplendent with allahic glory, who … Continue reading

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chaturdasha skanda-mAtR^i-kula-chakra

kumAra with the kula of glorious goddesses in the holy city of Mathura In the kaumAra lore an important chakra is the 14 fold chakra in the center of which guha is worshipped. There are 3 major AvaraNa-s: 1) the … Continue reading

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Every now and then a fossil comes along to cause a veritable revolution in understanding of an evolutionary scenario. Raptorex is one such and comes in the midst of a spectacular upheaval (or as Hindus would say praLaya) in our … Continue reading

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kumAra trishatI: commentary

The kumAra-trishatI, also known as the shatruMjaya trishatI, the rahasya trishatI, the guhya ShaNmukha-nAma-saMgIti or the skanda-nAma-sAgara had recently been only orally transmitted. In this sense it is reminiscent of the vinAyaka rahasya sahasranAma that was taught by bhAskararAya makhIndra … Continue reading

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kumAra trishatI

OM asya shrI kumAra trishatI mahAmantrasya mArkaNDeya R^iShiH | anuShTup ChandaH | kumAra-ShaNmukho devatA | kumAra iti bIjaM | shAkha iti shaktiH | vishAkha iti kIlakaM | nejameSha ityargalaM | kArttikeya iti kavachaM | ShaNmukha iti dhyAnaM | dhyAyet ShaNmukham … Continue reading

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The ever malignant viDbhuk decided to take advantage of the absence of the sachiva who had gone to aid the 4th hero to attack the amAtya. We intimated the amAtya of the clause in the dharmasUtra-s regarding AtatAyin-s and that … Continue reading

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Turning of the Turkic wheel: the Khazar Khanate

In a discussion with ekanetra we revisited the “turning of the Turkic wheel” at length. While we had earlier touched upon happening in this regard in the East on these pages, this time ekanetra wondered about the West. It was … Continue reading

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The gandharva flight

We saw parachitAMbA and paramashaMbhu in our Aj~na chakra. Like a gandharva we flew through time and space holding our dUtI in embrace. We gazed on the hill of chaNDikA from afar. It was truly the hill of the bhUta-s … Continue reading

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Primate evolution roundup

Apart from its parochial aspect, the early evolution and ecological diversification of primates are of considerable intrinsic interest to a biologist. There are several still murky issues all along the tree (at least to me), to name a few: 1) … Continue reading

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