Monthly Archives: June 2011

Notes on hayagrIva siddhi among the nAstika-s

While most extant mantravAdin-s practicing pA~ncharAtrika apotropaic rituals have a predilection for the ratna-traya mantra-rAjA-s, namely nR^isiMha, garuDa and chakra, some are well-versed in the secrets of hayagrIva. Even less known is the sAdhana of hayagrIva laid out in the … Continue reading

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Some cameos from elementary Hindu education

An ancient anonymous textbook from my grandparents’ time used by my aunt for her education in the devabhAShA is one of the best introductory elementary textbooks on the language I have seen. It not only introduced the student to the … Continue reading

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Why rasa? where did Arya and yavana nATaka diverge?

This may be read in conjunction with an earlier note on an overlapping topic. Through the period of our existence we spent some time trying to understand kAvya and nATya and reached certain conclusions we felt were of particular importance. … Continue reading

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The mantra-s of the kapAla-DAmarIya-s and the early mantra-mArga

The tenth paTala of the guhyakAlI khaNDa of the great mahAkAla-saMhitA (MKS) preserves mantra-s pertaining to the worship of guhyakAlI according the system of the kapAla-DAmarIya-s. This kAlI-kula system is said to be that of the kApAlika-s transmitted by their … Continue reading

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