Archives for: November 2009

Confronting Dr. Bhattacharya’s positioning of vajrayAna

Dr. Bhattacharya’s inference that India knew of no deity named ekajaTA before nAgArjuna’s time is unwarranted. The colophon of ekajaTA’s sAdhana in sAdhanamAla is incorrectly interpreted by him to suggest this. However, the text only tries to suggest th… more »

pANDura~Nga viTThala

ga~NgAyamunayormadhye trikUTaM ra~Ngamandiram | j~nAnaM bhImarathItIraM svadehaM paNDarIpuram || bhImAtIranivAsAya paNDarIpuravAsine | pANDura~NgaprakAshAya viThThalAya namo namaH || pramANaM bhavAbdheridaM mAmakAnAM nitambaH karAbhyAM dhR^to yena… more »

Pravachan

shrImAtre namaH prAsAda parameshvarAya namaH Sri Aravind Subramanyam is giving a series of Pravachanams on various topics at Mumbai and has extended a warm invitation to all the members of Sri Kamakoti Mandali and our readers. We hope that those inter… more »

Buddha and Buddhism: Beneath the Fluff - 2

In the second century, only two schools seceded from the theravAda – mahIShAsakas and vajjiputtas. Now, from the vajjiputtas four other seceding schools arose: dhammuttariyas, the bhadranAyikas, channAgarikas and the sammitiyas. Again, from the mahIshAs… more »

shAkta siddhAnta – 6

The Second Stage: The second stage in the evolution of avidyA represents a further development of difference or materiality, when the subtle products of matter and spirit make their appearance. In this mixed condition, the mishra tattvas – mAyA, kalA… more »

shrI shAradA

shrI shAradA
dorbhiryuktA chaturbhiH sphaTikamaNinibhairakShamAlAM dadhAnA hastenaikena padmaM sitamapi cha shukaM pustakaM chApareNa | bhAsA kundendusha~NkhasphaTikamaNinibhA bhAsamAnA.asamAnA sA me vAgdevateyaM nivasatu vadane sarvadA suprasannA || surAsurAse… more »

Shankara and Buddhism - 5

As for the wholly nihilistic interpretation of shUnyavAda, it is difficult to find sufficient justification for it. Buddha himself declared that he advocated the Middle way which avoids both being and non-being, and he identified it with pratItyasamutpA… more »

Menstruating Mischief

[Query] I have heard the greatness of menstrual blood as offering to goddess as best to get siddhi. Is it ok to offer it during puja? Sometimes it takes no complex tarka to figure out that the intent behind such queries is pure mischief. The focus of o… more »

shAkta vs other darshanas

Every darshana or path of philosophy names itself as the best and the shortest path to the Final Truth - a concept as diversely interpreted as these various darshanas. However, shAkta mata is quite emphatic on stressing the incapability of other paths t… more »

devI bhAgavata - 2

There is yet another statement about bhAgavata in Aditya purANa which is to be carefully examined: dadAti sUryabhaktAya yastu bhAgavataM dvijaH | sarvapApavinirmukto sarvavyAdivivarjitaH | jIvedvarShashataM sAgramante vaivasvataM padam || Here, the… more »