Archives for: March 2009

kR^iShNa vaMsha

- shrIkR^iShNaH - Eight Wives: rukmiNI, satyabhAmA, jAmbavatI, mitravindA, kAlindI, bhadrA, lakShmaNA, satyA - After the slaying of asurAs such as narakAsura, murAsura etc., the Lord rescued and married 16100 rAjakanyas Thus, the number of his wives… more »

chaturvimshati mUrtayaH

The chaturviMshati mUrti nyAsa is described as a part of the krama for the mantra of dvAdashamukha gaNDabheruNDa nR^isiMha in the gaNDabheruNDa nR^isiMha kalpa (which is vaguely described as a part of mahAvaiShNava tantra??). While the twenty-four mUrti… more »

kulAmR^itaikarasikA - 3

tathA hi - yathA puruDAshaM chaturdhA karotIti vAkyenAgneye sa~Nkochyate, nAtra niyamaH parisaMkhyA vA mImAmsakairuchyate | evaM rAgataH pa~nchanakhasAmAnye prAptaM bhakShaNaM pa~nchasu pa~nchanakheShu saMkochyate | tathA rAgataH strIsAmAnye kAlasAmAnye… more »

mantrarAja

There was a query regarding the correct form of mantrarAja. The shrIkula tantras, when describing the gurumaNDalam, speak of the saptaviMshati rahasyas, elaborated through the shloka: shrInAthAdi gurutrayam. There is a mention of mantrarAja here. Ther… more »

ShaDakSharI bAlA

There was a query from a learned friend whether pUrvA~Nga of mUla vidyA is ShaDakSharI bAlA or tryakSharI? One can see the following statement in the kalpasUtra: dakShiNakarNe bAlAmupadishya pashchAdiShTamanuM vadet | 1. Some here (like gopAla sUrin… more »

kuhU yoga

Many have read the story of the nivR^itti of kuhU yoga of kR^iShNa deva rAya by vyAsa tIrtha. But there seems to be some confusion on the lakShaNa of this yoga. The great astrologer kuNigal rAmA shAstri writes thus: kuhUyogo nAma parvapratipatsandhau v… more »

kumArI pUjA

by jnAnakunjastha mahAmahopAdhyAya shrI gopInAtha kavirAja The mahAkAla saMhitA states that the best way of propitiating shiva is to worship kumArI (virgin) and to feed her. The kaulas are to worship her in the night and the smArtas in the afternoon. T… more »

Lunch with BS: Romila Thapar

In case you were wondering what BS is, no, it is not Bull Shit (which of course would have been more apt)..it is Business Standard. We would do much better without the brigade of alleged historians such as Romila Thapar. Here is the BS interview if anyo… more »

kulAmR^itaikarasikA - 2

evameva bhagavatA vyAsamaharShiNA.apyuktaM shrImadbhAgavate ekAdashapa~nchamAdhyAye - loke vyavAyAmiShamadyasevA nityAstu jantorna hi tatra chodanA | vyavasthitasteShu vivAhayaj~nasurAgrahairAsu nivR^ittiriShTA || asya shrIdharI vyAkhyA - nanu vyavA… more »

kulAmR^itaikarasikA - 1

kulAmR^itaikarasikAyai namaH etadAdi ShaDbhirnAmabhiH samayAparaparyAya kulamatanirUpaNopayigitayA pratahamaM tAvatkulaM samayaikadeshimataM nirUpayati | 1. kule kulamate yadamR^itaM mantrapUtatvena svatarpaNayogyamAdimaM tadekarasikA, mukhyatayA tad… more »