Monthly Archives: February 2010

The oldest surviving planetary ritual of the Hindus

Certain white Indologists and their Japanese imitators have often held the dishonest view that Hindus were unaware of planets until the yavana-s informed them of their existence in the sky. This view was demolished by the great patriot of the … Continue reading

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Three of the heroes had fallen

He had become a powerful yogin but had not acquired j~nAna. He had acquired j~nAna but lacked the power of yoga. So they wandered the earth never reaching their desired destination. But the third one, who only observes, said none … Continue reading

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Of dogs and underdogs

While being hemmed in by the hima pralaya we spoke to the va~Nga paNDita. We concurred that there was not really anything new to comment on geopolitics, for what ever we had to say had been said and things were … Continue reading

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A pan-Indian tale of the nAtha yogin-s

The lore of the nAtha siddha-s is of pan-Indian distribution. Its colloquial forms are fast evolving like genetic loci involved in host-parasite interactions. Yet, these colloquial forms of the tradition have such a grip on the lay masses that in … Continue reading

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early kaumAra iconography from Mathura

The holy city of Mathura is one of the great sthala-s for the member of the kumAra shAsana. Above are a sampling of images of what survives of the early kaumAra iconography after the several Mohammedan assaults on the city. … Continue reading

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A visual guide to avian phylogeny

To truly appreciate its beauty click on the image and see it at higher magnification. Key (grid of 8 columns X12 rows): [ [1) Crow; 2) Blue Tit; 3) Gray Parrot; 4) Falcon; 5) Seriema;] 6) [Puffbird; 7) Jacamar; 8)Barbet; … Continue reading

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