Monthly Archives: February 2012

The vulture-eared bhadrakAlI

There are several traditions within the kAlI-kula that associate kAlI with various animals. There is the polytherocephalous guhyakAlI whose upAsana is laid out in the guhyakAlI section of the mahAkAla saMhitA. There is secret vidyA of chAmuNDA as vR^ischikodarI where … Continue reading

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Aptitude, education, the ape and politics

The yogin experiences, but at the height of his practice there is neither object nor subject in his experience. The kavi experiences, and in the pinnacle of his practice his world is unified under increasingly robust ontologies. When he attains … Continue reading

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On a paramAra warrior queen and some Saracenic structures in lATa

S and other members of aurvasheyI’s family have rich body of legend concerning their tAntrika paraMpara. We have discussed some of this with the intention of mapping it on the historical background which might have points of interest. We have … Continue reading

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Notes on vaiShNava-shaiva sectarian competition in the purANa-s

The appropriation and/or downgrading of each others ancient narratives is a common practice seen among shaiva-s, vaiShNava-s shAkta-s, gANapatya-s and to a lesser extent the kaumAra-s. Many years ago when we first began our studies in the purANa-s we became … Continue reading

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