Archives for: December 2009

Happy New Year 2010

nIlatArAdhipAbhinna prakAshamaya sadgurumaNipAdukAbhyo namaH | vande guruM shankaram | Here's wishing all the members of our Mandali and our other dear friends a very Happy and Prosperous 2010. yadA dharmaglAnirbhavati jagatAM kShobhakaraNI ta… more »

shAkta siddhAnta - 7

A short note on the shAkta view of manas (mind) would not be out of place here. Like the supreme Samvit, manas has two aspects: prakAsha and vimarsha. prakAsha indicates the resting of the manas on, and its contact with, other objects; and vimarsha cons… more »

devI bhAgavata - 3

While discussing the lakShaNa of purANas (sargashcha pratisargashcha vaMsho manvantarANi cha etc.), it is also said: sAttvikeShu sha kalpeShu mAhAtmyamadhikaM hareH | rAjaseShu cha kalpeShu mAhAtmyaM brahmaNo viduH || tadvadagneshcha mAhAtmyaM tAmase… more »

Kamakshi Virutham

My name is not Khan, I am Mr Kaul

- Tarun Vijay [Many of my dear friends hail from illustrious Kashmiri Pundit families and even a faint understanding of what they have gone through at the hands of Barbaric Moslems makes me shed silent tears. But who is listening to them? India is busy… more »

Dikshitar and kAdi vidyA

A close acquaintance from Mysore, who is also a noted musicologist, remarked during my trip to India earlier this year that shrI muttusvAmi dIkshitar was a hAdi vidyopAsaka. I was quite perplexed as to why he reached this conclusion, but this gentleman… more »

bhairavI

Composer and Singer: Dr. M Balamuralikrishna more »

vidyA traividhyam

While we generally consider veda to be the source of all adhyAtma vidyA, shaiva - shAkta - vaiShNava Agamas frequently group vaidika vidyA with laukika vidyA and associate adhyAtma vidyA exclusively with tantra, yoga shAstra etc. A modern commentator o… more »

vaiShNava mUrti vaibhavam - 1

avyakta-vAsudevaH – sadAviShNuH | mahAviShNuH (sarvabhartA) – shanti devI | saMkarShaNaH (sha~NkaraH, sarvahartA) – shrIdevI | pradyumnaH (achyutaH, brahmA, sarvakartA) – sarasvatI | aniruddhaH (anantaH, puruShottamaH) – ratiH… more »

vaiShNava dIkShA

One of our respected friends who is also a scholar of advaita had a query if vaiShNava dIkShA (pAncharAtra, bhAgavata etc.) is available to all irrespective of varNa, Ashrama etc. That is not the case as those with pratiloma birth cannot receive vaiShNa… more »