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Sketches of Indian wildlife - manasataramgini

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Some sketches of Indian wild life in vidyAkara s anthology March 21, 2014 omment sAndra-sthUla-naloparodha-viShamAH shakyAvatArAH

puras toyottIrNa-nivR^itta-nakra-jaThara-kShuNNa-sthalI-vAlukAH | vyakta-vyAghra-padA~Nka-pa~Nkti-nichitonmudrArdra-pa~NkodarAH saMtrAsaM janayanti ku~nja-saritaH kAchAbha-nIlodakAH ||

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sAndra: thick; sthUla: large; nala: reed; uparodha: barrier; viShamAH: rough; sh akya: possible; avatArAH: descents; puraH: first; toya: water; uttIrNa: descende d; nivR^itta: climbed back; nakra: crocodile; jaThara: belly; kShuNNa: roughed u p; sthalI: bank; vAlukAH: sands; vyakta: adorned; vyAghra: tiger; pada: foot; a~Nka: print; pa~Nkti: track; nichi ta: full of; unmudra: opened; Ardra: wet; pa~Nka: mud; udarAH: cavities; saMtrAs aM: terror; janayanti: evoke (plural); ku~nja: forest; saritaH: streams; kAchAbh a: glistening like glass; nIla: dark blue; udakAH: waters; The forest streams with dark blue waters glistening like glass, with thick, large reed-barriers, accessible via rough descents, with sand banks roughed up by the bellies of crocodiles, that have descended forth into the water and climbed back, entirely covered with tracks of tiger footprints, where sinkholes have opened in the wet mud, evoke terror! [perhaps by abhinanda] varAhAn AkSheptuM kalama-kavala-prIty-abhimukhAn idAnIM sImAnaH prativihita-ma~nchAH svapatibhiH | kapotaiH potArthaM kR^ita-nibiDa-nIDA viTapinaH shikhAbhir valmIkAH khara-nakhara-khAtodara-mR^idaH || varAhAn: boars (accusative) ; AkSheptuM: to drive away; kalama: rice ; kavala: m outhful; prIti: desire; abhimukhAn: coming; idAnIM: now ; sImAnaH: boundaries; p rativihita: guarding against; ma~nchAH: platforms ; svapatibhiH: landowners (ins trumental); kapotaiH: doves (instrumental); potArthaM: for rearing chicks; kR^ita: make; nib iDa: abundant; nIDA: nests; viTapinaH: fig trees; shikhAbhir: tops; valmIkAH: te rmite mounds; khara: jackal; nakhara: claw; khAta: dug up; udara: hole; mR^idaH: mud (plural); To drive away boars coming with desire of having their fill of the rice crop, now landowners set up watch-platforms at the boundaries of their fields; the fig-treetops have abundant nests, of doves wishing to rear their chicks, and mud of termite mounds have holes, dug up by the claws of jackals. [by shatAnanda] toyAntar-lIna-mIna-prachaya-vichaya-navyApR^ita-troTi-koTi prAg-bhAga-prahva-ka~NkAvali-dhavala-ruchaH paryaTat-kha~njarITAH | kUjat-kAdamba-rAjI-pihita-parisarAH shAradInAM nadInAM tIrAntA ma~nju-gu~njan-madakala kuraba-shreNayaH prINayanti || toyAntar: within water ; lIna: lurking; mIna: fish;-prachaya: increasing; vichay a: examination; navya: fresh; ApR^ita: engaged; troTi: beak; koTi: extremity; pr Ak: front; bhAga: part; prahva: stooping; ka~NkAvali: flock of herons; dhavala: white; ruchaH: shining; paryaTat: wandering around; kha~njarITAH: wagtails; kUjat: cooing; kAdamba: duck; rAjI: rows; pihita: covered; parisarAH: environs;

I wa s leafing through the newspaper while having breakfast. gu ~njan: buzzing. More than two decades ago we saw the crocodiles . and their environs covered by rows of quacking ducks. with wagtails wandering around. There we met a marAThA gentlemen. naturalist. tIrAntA: banks. This indeed marks the change from the bhArata of the kavI-s to that of today s mahAnAgarin-s. crocodiles. As of just over an year ago we saw the bumble bees enter the Barleria cristata flowers. with arrays of Barleria cristata pleasantly buzzing with intoxicated bees. From the earliest days from when we started observing the dinosaurs of the current era. 2014 Leave a Comment We have to admit that there is nothing very new in these episodic geopolitical m usings. extending to other matters of more general interest. Some earlier examples might be revisited here: ? ? ? ? The crows and the parasitic koel by kavi vallaNa bhavabhUti s avifauna and flora The kingfisher by vAkpati-rAja The great master kAlidAsa We thought of our own tumultuous life and realized that we experienced some of t hese sights as of few years ago. with their line of brilliant white herons. with their necks stooping forward. madakala: intoxicated. it was not hard for me to reply that he was somethin g more sinister not merely a Gandhian who was drawn into committing Gandhian blu nders but a full-fledged first responder who was way more dangerous for bhArata th an the bumbling Anna. We have seen many a towering termite mound throughout our existence. Howev er. with the tips of their beaks. we engage in revisiting these themes for it is perhaps awa y of registering the connection between history which is being made and history which has gone by. Based on the data str eaming in via the internet. For these one needs to stray far from the overgrown urban sprawls and journey to those inaccessible ref ugia that may be counted on ones fingers. who was still relatively low in his profile. tig er. Share this: GoogleTwitter2FacebookPrint Posted in art. boar. Heathen thought. kuraba: Barleria cristata. jackal. the boar or the jackal. shreNayaH: arr ays. currently engaged in probing. kAvya. aided by the man from the puraMdara fort. On that visit. the Anglosphere and its alli es. we noted the herons probing the autumnal streams for guppies and doves building their chaotic tangle s of nests. wildlife The first responders and the paradox of Maoism March 13. just before leaving home to meet him. Life Tags: bees. but also. nevertheless. a school of fish lurking within the waters. ma~nju: pleasantly. poetry. whom we have been meeting rather sporadically since the days of our youth. kavI. We then met the said marAThA and discoursed on the usual t . or even is spoor. nadInAM: rivers. Sometime back we were in the desh on a visit. dove. are the cause of much pleasure! :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: These poetic sketches belong to that large body of kAvya which we have repeatedl y alluded to on these pages sketches which bring out the kavI as a naturalist. for fomenting trouble in bhArata. Incited by its contents I remarked to my parents that Hazare was not exactly what he seemed to be but so meone who had been co-opted by a rather dark force. prINayanti: please (causative plural) Banks of autumnal rivers. But three sights are no longer the share of the sAdhAraNa mAnava of bhAratavarS ha: The tiger. They responded by asking what I thought ab out Kejriwal.shAradInAM: of autumnal. at times. on each occasion we have ended up having long conversations typically on a r ather narrow area of biology.

However. he recalled us saying that democracy and Marxism usually come gift-wrapped. so the receiving nation usually does not kno w of the horror of what is lurking within the package until the wrapper unravels . As is always the case in such matters. Rather they were a new type of force who acted as seemingly independent native responders but whose real job was to act to uphold English interests. For some unknown reason. In this tangled web we also see a connecti on between Chinese MPAJA fighters. We just heard from him out of the blue that he is not bu ying any of Kejriwal s wares anymore and fears that the nation is being brought to dire straits by this man and his gang. the pioneers were the English and their activities took a more contemporary shape during the heig ht of the WWII (We are of course not describing earlier precursors such as the s epoy army of India and the Indian police force of the British Raj in this note. The important point to note regarding the SOCVA was that they were not fighting for an independent Chinese state against Japanese hegemony. Thereafter. he spontaneously remarked that there was great change taking p lace in bhAratavarSha and said with some excitement that Kejriwal promised to br ing a whole new system in place that will make parties like the Kangress and the BJP irrelevant. They might be: 1) native levies who. This prompted us to put down a note on the varieties of first responders and the paradox of the thing called Maoism. in particular its current overlord .opic. though there is no doubt that these mechanisms are related). in Central America). These were trained by the English in subversive activities and let lose all over Malaysia to act on behalf of British interests (A detailed account of this might be found in the excellent book by Bayly and Harper.g. for we knew him to be a sensible and generally sharp man otherwise. there are the mlechCha armies themselves primarily l ead by and mostly composed of white fighters who only rarely deployed for direct action (e. First responders might be defined as indivi duals who react to any event in a distant nation to create situations that are u ltimately in the interest of the Anglosphere. One may ask: If these are the first responders are the re any other tiers of responders? Certainly there are the external attack dogs. or simply let it pass and let him learn the reali ty the hard way. his head was summarily chopp . Forgotten Wars: Freed om and Revolution in Southeast Asia). Looking at history. Finally. These c onstituted the Singapore Overseas Chinese Volunteer Army of Han fighters who put up a strong resistance against the Japanese force on behalf of the English. He declared that it was an attempt at br inging a Maoist coup to bhArata indeed. 2) They could be agents of various types from t he Anglosphere itself operating either within the target nation or in one of the Anglospheric countries. would voluntarily fight on behalf of the masters (here the Anglosphere and allies) against their coethnics. this time constituted from the Malayan Comm unist Party and they were given the new name. There are also the internal violent forces. Nor were they native le vies for the English force or paramilitary defense personnel in British payroll. similar to their equivalents in the colonia l era. we adopted the former path and after o ne more hour of conversation we had sowed sufficient doubt in this mind that we felt a cure was likely. 3) They could be local rabble-rousers and mobsters who have their own agenda but are purchased or co-opted for unwittingly doing dirty work for the Anglosphere. and Christian missionaries who act on a d ifferent schedule. For a moment we wondered whether we should rebut the claim and try to bring him to light. As the Jap anese conquering force advanced into the Malay peninsula the English set up yet another such force first responders. they had built a force of first responders who would delay the objectiv e of the Japanese military and do their best to uphold the English rule. We were aghast. the Malayan Peoples Anti-Japanese A rmy. like Lai Lai Fuk (his English interlocutors c alled him a very likeable guy with an incisive brain . primarily Islamic forces. As the imperial Jap anese forces started their conquest of Singapore the English were badly beaten. which are often deployed quite independently of partic ular events. like leftists (most imp ortant ones being Naxalites in India). one can see how this strategy of first responders was develo ped by the Anglosphere.

he would be tarred as a conspiracy theorist (for instance we as we were penning this essay. the Americans waded into Vietnam to reinforce the white domination over Asian st ates.ed off by the Japanese when they caught him) and Chin Peng. left the English power in a d isarray. which was accentuated by their being heathens and resisting Christianity by virtue of their civilizati onal moorings. the Americans were way more ready to use this viral West Asian memeplex to mentally subvert people there by creating large masses of fir st responders as well as sleeper cells. the general ly pro-Hindu author K Elst wrote a tract claiming that all Hindu claims for Angl ospheric intervention were merely figments of their conspiratorial thinking). The latter were hence targeted for s ubversion and were set up as a counterbalance for the forward caste Hindus. vaNija-s and service castes. Thus. in India against the Hindus. This realization seems to have led to concerted action by th e English to have their first responders in place to give the Indians long-lasti ng pain from a parting sting. and also against Russia and Fr ance. The aftermath of WWII. These w ell-known actions of the English left them with a sufficient raw material in the form of the Mohammedans and the people of the lower social strata as potential first responders. Hen ce. forces of the Han chInas and the Americans. In a parallel situation. This becomes especially relevant given the fact tha t the English knew fully well that the mainstay of the struggle against them wer e the forward caste Hindus: brAhmaNa-s and kAyastha-s forming the vanguard backe d by kShatriya-s or functionally equivalent jAti-s. The English elite had a deep-seated hatred against them. An important facet of the first responders set up by the Amer icans was the more blatant use of Christianity: Being less tempered by Charles D arwin than the English. These activities also gave the English further opportunities to plant first responders. Yet. even as the imperial scorpion was forced to scurry out of the subcontinent of jaMbudvIpa. However. This connection is of importance to understand the u nderpinnings of the chIna-mlechCha alignment against the Hindus which played out over the subsequent decades. The English had a long tradition of allying with Islamic powers a gainst their rivals. Anyone aware of these events would realize that they offer sufficient probabilis tic priors in the Bayesian sense to indicate that the Anglosphere was involved i n similar mischief in India. The English also tried to create a rift among the forward castes by classifying the particularly restive kAyastha-s as shUdra-s contrary to Hindu tradition. Hindu sa varNa leaders had managed to mobilize both lower strata of Hindu society and the tribal forest peoples against the English. Their initial defeat at the hands of Japan had smashed their image of i nvincibility in the eyes of Indians. w here the English were forced to quit against the wishes. however. Mao Zedong. In these battles the Americans imitated the English strategy of setting up first responders. The subsequent trial of the Indian National Army of Subhas Chandra Bose and the Indian reaction to it showed that the India ns were unlikely to be suppressed for much longer and the days of the British em pire were numbered. if a Hindu were to propose that such things also happened in India. they worked assiduously to cultivate useful Islamic forces who could act as a counterbalance against Hindus. the English closely managed the liberation movement by eliminating such dangerous leaders and attempting to channelize the Indian expression via more non-threatening leaders epitomized by the Gandhi-Neh ru clique. clashed. these efforts were less successful during their o . and the new emperor of all chIna-s. In the earlier phases of the struggle. But the First war of Independence of 1857 CE had shown that there could be an alignment of Hindu and Mohammedan interests when it came to the English. The strategy worked wonders in Korea and early on in Vietnam. the new hegemon of the Anglosphere. After the defeat of Japan in WWII. Additionally. there is ample precedence for such action me diated by the first responders coming straight from the mouths of English themse lves. the French oppressors tried to reoccupy their territory in Indochina but they were repulsed in the fierce struggle for freedo m by the Vietnamese. after the emergence of fiery nationalist leaders like Tilak (a brAhmaNa) and Aurobindo (a kAyastha of the bomb in Bengal movemen t) and subsequently the armed struggle. Subsequently. in Korea.

unlike the E nglish with whom he was close. the Americans supported Indian in dependence against the wishes of their imperial cousins. The Anglosphere also recei ved unexpected help for more long term subversion from the secular Nehru as he d id nothing to prevent American missionary activity in the Northeastern states. The Americans got their first taste of t he subcontinent when they aided the English in repulsing the Japanese thrust alo ng with the INA towards India. YSR Reddy). This freed them to set r olling the internal actions in India with greater force. Thus. In India two major anti-government an d also anti-Hindu forces that emerged over this period the Maoist socialists (Na xalites) and violent Mohammedan groups. G iven a certain vindictiveness. were in no mood to play a long with the American wishes. this inauspicious start of the relationship meant that the Americans were going to act vengefully like a scorned lover. hence the Americans were not too sure if strengthening them within India would be the best strategy. the Indians. The Mohammedans were not too happy wi th the support given to Israel against the founders of their religion. fresh from the battering at t he hands of the previous overlords of the Anglosphere. Luckily. So they spent greater effort in propping up the terrorist state of Pa kistan as an external handle to contain the rise of India keeping with the wellknown American policy of not letting any large territory be dominated by a singl e power. We suspect that it was during this event the Amer icans seem to have formulated their basic concept of Northeastern India as a foo thold to reach China. Around the time of WWII.ccupation of Japan due to the earlier extensive immunization program against Chr istianity by the Japanese elite and the private protection of Shinto and bauddha ritual despite its public restriction. who was now the ruler of I ndia. However. a continuation of millennial enemies of the Hindus. The Americans at that point were not too sang uine about overtly supporting either.g. If the former became powerful they would b e worse than the Non-aligned government and could join the other socialist forces in creating a further anti-American front. the Arabs . He thought of the Americans as not being the real thing. they were able to create a suitable foundation for their strategy of using the Northeast of India as foothold to reach China. they used the laxity of the secular Indian system vis-a-vis Christianit y to infiltrate vast swaths of the Indian population (e. L ikewise. In the second half of the 1900s the Indians moved close to the Soviets with whom the American were locked in the Cold War. uncle Nehru. and reactivate the English first respon ders for harming the Indian state. Moreover. The end of the 1900s al so saw the upwelling of the true spirit of India.g. they had developed their own whi te indological brigade under Norman Brown as part of the OSS (the predecessor of the CIA) and deployed them to create a new generation of first responders. The subsequent testing of n uclear weapons by this government was perhaps the key event that goaded the Amer icans to deploy the first responder strategy in full force. and consequently dismissed the former. Andhra) and create as sets that were to come of use later (e. both culturally and socially (e. did not appreciate the significance of the leadership change within the An glosphere. especially for their ultimate project of infiltrating Chr istianity. R ather than arm the great heathen leader Rani Gaidinliu to uproot the Christian e vil in those regions and restore the old heathen tradition the Kangress governme nt ended up disarming her. who remained behind due to the blunder of secularism imposed on the Hindus by the Nehru-Gandhi clique. once independe nce was achieved the Americans hoped the Indians would attach themselves to the US as a humble client state. they als o set up the violent Sikh insurrection in the Panjab. which is characteristic of the US foreign policy. and this exp ressed itself first in the form of the rAma-janmabhUmI incident and then the ele ction of a nationalist government headed by the BJP. his relationsh ip with Mountbatten s left-leaning wife). with the help of Pakistan. As the Americans emerged victorious in the Cold War. the Hindu spirit. they were buoyed by further by wins against weaklings in Central America and Iraq. We noticed the first major wave of such deployments after the nuclear tests suddenly a whole group o f Indians and American commentators on Indian emerged like termites from the woo .g. In addition. In the later stages of this period.

weak-kneed. being rank heathens). Howeve r. the rising BJP leader. They also fought hard to build the image for t he anti-national UPA government by covering up every event which showed their in competence and tried particularly hard to prop up our Helena and her son. The allegiances of these latter socialists is not towards their nati on rather towards the utopian Marxian realm the comrades are much like the Moham . critical factors of the Sino-Anglospheric i nteraction are not understood by most Hindu thinkers. After having brought chaos to Delhi. and the growing frustration of the normally apathetic Hindu masses. was born the fellowship of the broom. who had handled the Mohammedan violence pretty well was singled out for chara cter assassination by the first responders.d work to deride and condemn the tests in various media. Most Indian thinkers thought that the Naxalites as leftists are part of the sinosphere (after all they go by the name of Mao Zedong). which deftly stole the thunder from the haThayoga/Ayurveda proponent Baba Ramdev with the help of the preexisting first responders in the media. Thus. He even felt that Africa should be gifted to the chIna-s at the expense of the black Africans (something the chIna-s are indeed pursuing today). such that to an extant the chIna-s are considered a valid civiliza tion (whereas Hindus are not. If he were to do this for bhArata. much as we had pred icted: the Naxalites whose sole objective is to destroy the Indian nation-state were now an integral part of this fellowship. anglophone Sikh prime minister of the UPA was an inveterate blunderer. Thus. then the A nglosphere s primary principle of not allowing a single power to be become dominan t in any major world territory would be plainly nullified. by c unningly taking power just as the UPA had done after the NDA called elections. have a certain mutual admiration for each oth er going back to the days of the statistician Francis Galton who believed that t he chIna-s were superior in IQ to the Hindus and possess a superior civilization that could potentially resonate with the Anglosphere. t he action of these first responders in the media influenced BJP to adopt a non-H indutva line of electoral campaigning leading to their failure to achieve a majo rity in the subsequent elections. These were still early days of the internet and we remember actively engaging in battling such entities both in real life and on online fora in the stupidity of our youth. In part this was achieved by chIna-s adopting the outer coat of western socialism (a highly respected construc t in white academia of the Anglosphere) suffused with Confucian rationality (ratio nality is another construct deeply beloved to white academics) while keeping the inner legalism intact drawing its nutrients from Confucianism. Given this link. or Latin America n or India. They reasoned that being part of the Sinosphere the Nax alites should be natural enemies of the US so how could it be that they are ally ing with the first responder system set up by the Anglosphere. Here. and the son of our Helena was no Constantine but a bumbling bonehead. including the Chr istian missionaries. it soon became apparent that the eternally tongue-tied. they worked out a clever plan to exploit the brewing discontent in urban In dia stemming from UPA misrule as a catapult for propelling their first responder s into the government itself. The Anglosphere and the Si nosphere while locked in conflict. The same re peated itself when Hindus forcefully responded to the arsonist violence of the M ohammedans in Gujarat. Several western authors having reinforce d this line of thinking have given it a certain mainstream respectability in the Anglosphere. They realized that the chief of the lATAnarta provinces was not limp like the aging. Moreover. A key factor was the insertion of su ch agents into the India media right under nose of the NDA government (despite t he fact they had people like A Shourie who were well aware of this). To counter this scena rio. t he fellowship of the broom revealed its more sinister links. Above all he had shown that not on ly could he put the Abrahamistic rioters and subversionists in place but also sh ow good development for his state. the mlechC ha-s knew they needed a new trick. false vAjapeyin or self-cent ered as the declining saindhava octogenarian. In this regard. it i s not surprising to see that a large number of these very media people are now m embers of the fellowship of the broom. Mao Zedong was not like any other socialist leader from the Soviet world. Realizing the failure of this experiment . This final aspect puzzled some of our compatriots. the chief minister of Gujara t.

medan brothers of the pan-Islamic Ummah. mantra. it became a tool to amplify and cloak their first responders. in the territory which the Anglosph ere defines as south Asia the chIna-s are seen as a legitimate force to prevent India from rising to be a dominant power. 2014 Leave a Comment Share this: GoogleTwitterFacebookPrint Posted in art. epics. Rigveda. Christian Vandalism. like say in India. Maoism in China is u ltimately the same legalist system by which the great chIna emperors held their sway. mahAbharata. OSS. It is just the shell which acts against the nation-state without the inner ruling force of legalism that most aggressively upholds the Chinese nation. Greek thought. India. Mao Zedong unveiled his real nature he was the new Han emperor the ul timate Han nationalist who ruled as the center of the legalist system even as th e wall-building lord of the Chin founded that state. UPA bhR^igu smR^iti March 8. 2014 Leave a Comment done sometime back: Despite tryi to achieve that exactness for a for those interested in the comp in India and Greece Share this: GoogleTwitter1FacebookPrint Posted in art Tags: arbelos square. parjanya. is actually an imitation by fools. China. science The fractal Arbelos and a parallel in a square February 25. Scientific ramblings Tags: ancient Hindu thought. As a corollary it is not surprising to see that they accept a chIna role in Afghanistan after their retreat while tryi ng hard to deny one for India in its own natural sphere of influence. Share this: GoogleTwitter15Facebook11Print Posted in Heathen thought. fractal. they are anti-national by definit ion and adopt a transnational Marxian identity. But what is Maoism elsewhere. This. s ubversion. philosophy. BJP. sAMkhya. Life Tags: Anglosphere. Generative Art. Generative Art parjanya February 24. Thus. Greek. History. Yet it might be good enough arative history of early philosophy and science Share this: GoogleTwitterFacebook2Print Posted in Heathen thought. Thus. fractals. Mohammedanism. Heathen thought Tags: cloud. also meant that their in terests vis-a-vis bhArata could align. History. Hazare. Hind u struggle against Christism. bhrgu. Japan. 2014 Leave a Comment We provide below a translation of the proto-scientific section of bhR^igu smR^it i along with a comparative analysis vis-a-vis Miletian school of Greeks: Translation of the bhR^igu smR^iti 1-4 We are not entirely happy with this translation ng to be as literal as possible it is difficult text like this one. Kejriwal. After initially displaying such an facade. vedic A mysterious verse of a siddha February 18. NDA. Hence. Indian science. Once. comb ined with the acceptance of the chIna-s as a great power. bharadvAja. which is very distinct from its Chinese cognomen. British Empire. context free. 2014 Leave a Comment . the Anglosphere realize d this. his tory of science.

maheshvarAnandanAtha . by bhaTTa rAmakaNTha-II the Kashmirian saiddhAntika commenta tor of the mata~NgapArameshvara tantra].224. there is a beautiful ghee-cup like vasiShTha s lady. whi ch is encapsulated in his famous but obscure tirumantiram. The paNDita who had taught us elements of vaidika issues brought to our attentio n one of the few surviving verses of sundaranAtha in saMskR^ita.27-29) Due to her jealousy [towards vasiShTha] her luminosity became low (like smoke ob . which ironicall y a vaiShNava brought to our father s attention. the muni who stood in the midst of the seven R^iS hi-s. Apparently. the stream [of ghee from it] the siddha see with his yoga power. at the directive of his female teacher who gave him the famous instruction in mahArAShTrI prAkR^ita. without any surviving explanation.api hi kalyANI sarva-loka-parishrutA | arundhatI paryasha~Nkad vasiShTham R^iShi-sattamam || Even though arundhati was well-known in the world as being well-mannered and aus picious she had doubted vasiShTha. 2) its allusions to traditions from an expert insider viewpoint. The Adiparvan of the mahAbhArata st ates: suvratA. It displays the same e nigmatic nature of some of the Tamil verses in the tirumantiram. Th is association is an old and undisputed one. in the Tamil s home. Certain elements can be interpreted in relatively straight forward way: The city of the Ananda-tANDava is Chidambaram as is clearly mentioned in the chi dambara mAhAtmya.The siddha tirumUlar or sundarnAtha is supposed to have journeyed from Kashmir t o the Tamil country to teach a distinctive flavor of the shaiva mantramArga. The beautiful ghee-cup that is likened to vasiShTha s lady: why should a woman be likened to ghee cup? We suggest that vasiShTha s wife arundhati is the name of Alc or (80 Ursae Majoris) the binary companion of Zeta Ursae Majoris (vasiShTha). alb eit disapprovingly. she insulted him. it was recorded by the great kaula mantravAdin of chidambaram. 3) los s of the direct context of the sub-tradition to which tirumUlar belonged: a hybr id of the saiddhAntika and shrIkula doctrines [such a tendency is mentioned. apadhyAnena sA tena dhUmaaruNa-samaprabhA | lakShyAlakShyA nAbhirUpA nimittam iva lakShyate || ( Critical 1. This is also confirmed by the mention of the Tamil s house indic ating it is indeed referring to the place in the Tamil country. vishuddha-bhAvam atyantaM sadA priyahite ratam | saptarShi-madhyagaM vIram avamene cha taM munim || Though [vasiShTha was] of highest purity in conduct and and delighting in pleasi ng his wife. the great R^iShi. While the tirumantira m is widely known among the practicing brAhmaNa-s of the Tamil country it is not understood by most of them due to: 1) the saMdhyA bhAShA typical of tAntrika en codings. The verse goes thus: Ananda-tANDava-pure draviDasya gehe chitraM vasiShTha-vanitA-samam AjyapAtram | vidyul-lateva pari-nR^ityati tatra darvI dhArAM vilokayati yoga-balena siddhaH || In the city of the joyous tANDava. there a ladle dances around like the trace of lightning. Beyond this obvi ous part the rest of the verse requires a non-trivial explanation.

9 A ritual ladle with slanting opening and bottom-side up. Indeed. along with several other such riddle-mantras.8. this statement means the life functions. e.1. Hence. may that ladle. in the mysterious riddle or brahmodaya sUkta of the atharvaveda. In another place the atharvaveda describes the seven seers constituting the ritu al ladle (chamasa) that contains within it the glory of all types: tiryag bilash chamasa Urdhva-budhnas tasmin yasho nihitaM vishvarUpam | tad Asata R^iShayaH sapta sAkaM ye asya gopA mahato babhUvuH || AV-vulgate 10.scuring light) [Footnote 1]: sometimes visible and sometimes not. w hich is shaped like a ladle and has been termed so in vaidika tradition (the hea venly chamasa. i. In Hindu tradition planets and stars have been called cups (typically soma cups) from which the gods and manes are supposed to drink [Footnote 3]. this mantra comes. we sus pect that vasiShTha s lady in this verse is actually the star Alcor. the 7 stars of the Ursa Major. on its rim sit the seven seers. Interestingly. tasmin yasho nihitaM vishvarUpam iti | prANA vai yasho vishvarUpam | prANAn etad Aha | In it is placed glory of all forms : the life functions (prANa-s) are indeed the ma nifold glory. which has a ton e similar to the siddha s riddle-speech. In it is p laced glory of all forms [shaMkarAcharya clarifies: yathA somash chamase as soma i n the chamasa vessel]. for it is a vessel which has its mouth below and with bottom-side up. such an allusion of Ursa Major as as dar vi is found in the atharvaveda: aditer hastAM srucham etAM dvitIyAM saptaR^iShayo bhUtakR^ito yAm akR^iNvan | sA gAtrANi viduShy odanasya darvir vedyAm adhy enaM chinotu || AV-vulgate 11. A distinct possibility i s that it means the rest of Ursa Major (the constellation of the seven seers). this second ritual ladle. A version of this again offered by the bR ^ihadAraNyaka upaniShad of the shukla yajurveda and expanded further offering a clue for what the siddha meant: tad eSha shloko bhavati Regarding this there is the following verse: arvAgbilash chamasa Urdhva-budhnas tasmin yasho nihitaM vishvarUpam | tasyAsata R^iShayaH sapta tIre vAg aShTamI brahmaNA saMvidAna|| iti | There is a ritual vessel which has its mouth below and bottom-side up. which the seven seers. the eight is speech apprehending the brahman arvAgbilash chamasa Urdhvabudhna iti | idaM tach Chira eSha hy arvAgbilash chama sa UrdhvabudhnaH | There is a ritual vessel which has its mouth below and bottom-side up : is this hea d. and speech. the makers of being s. these have become the guard ians of the great one. made. Hence. knowing the limbs of the rice-offering gather. Here the darvi (ladle) is described as being made [up of] by the seven seers. .2 4 aditi s hand. sruch or darvi). But what is t he ladle dancing around and the ghee dripping from it?. there sit the seven seers all together. it on th e altar. like and inaus picious omen [Footnote 2]. in it is placed glory o f all forms.

3 the eighth is speech apprehending the brahman : speech indeed is the eight which pe rceives the brahman. A excursus on vasiShTha and arundhatI: In addition to the two stars vasiShTha and arundhatI forming one of widest binar ies [Footnote 4] there is the notorious non-associated star Sidus Ludoviciana wh ich forms a triangle with them. he states that the ghee-stream from this ladle is perceived by the si ddha by means of his yogic powers. The stream of ghee pouring from this ladle is consistent with a well-known metaphor of the st ream of nectar which the tAntrika drinks during the performance of khecharI or f rom his head as he meditates of on a deity in the head or the conjunction of the deities in the sahasrAra chakra in the cranial crown (in the kaula traditions). ? Next he uses the metaphor of vasiShTha s lady (arundhati) to give a clue regardi ng how his next metaphor must be interpreted. But then this is too close to resolve with naked eye at 15 arcseconds (human eye resolves ~2 arcminutes).tasyAsata R^iShayaH sapta tIra iti |prANA vA R^iShayaH | prANAN etad Aha | On its rim sit the seven seers : the seers are indeed the life functions. From the version in the atharvaveda it is clear the external Ursa Major is being meant with the term tiryagbilaH being proper for the constellation. we sum up the interpretation of the verse: ? The siddha first locates himself in the Tamil country in Chidambaram here he s pecifies the location of his sAdhana. ? Finally. the 7 prANa-s. there have been reports of seeing up to magnitude 8 i n the darkest of sites. the internalized ladle is situated in the head and pours the ghee-stream which is equivalent to the amR^ita-sravaNa of the yogin. Thus. Perhaps in the darkest premodern skies mag 8 could have been attainable and Sidus Ludoviciana sighted a fitting feat for a siddha s eyesig ht the yoga-chakShu indeed! There is Mizar B the closer optical binary companion of Mizar at magnitude ~4. Ursa Major. ? Then he talks of the ladle and gives a further hint that it dances around and tracing a path like a lighting streak (indicating it is a luminous object). vAg aShTamI brahmaNA saMvidAneti | vAg ghy aShTamI brahmaNA saMvitte || BU-kANva 2. The speech here is the one which results in mantra-s being articulated and mantra-s are from the beginning of Vedic tradition seen as an embodiment of the brahman po wer .000 years. mysteriously. though entirely anachronistic.e. The Mizar A-B syst em is estimated at approximately few thousands of years but then it should not h ave been visible to premodern viewers. it appears that as in the upaniShad. This ladle is now in his int ernal sky that in that in the tAntrika parlance is the chidAkAsha. But its magnitude is 7. However.6 and beyond typical nake d eye visibility. this stat ement means the life functions i. The period of the vasiShTha -arundhati binary would be too long to have been observed during human existence to date: currently estimated at approximately 750. the mahAbharata makes an allusion. So speech is seen as being in constant apprehension of the brahman. Hence. Yet. The bhR^iha dAraNyaka has made a few adjustments to suit the internalization of the external visualization of the constellation via homologizing with bodily functions. of arundhati s motion relative to vasi ShTha: yA chaiShA vishrutA rAjaMs trailokye sAdhu-saMmatA | arundhatI tayApy eSha vasiShThaH pR^iShThataH kR^itaH || . Coming back to the siddha s verse we propose that it uses a similar set of metapho rs as these Vedic mantra-s. We suggest that as in the upaniShad the siddh a has internalized the celestial ladle.2.

O king. In several traditions the re is the legend of one of the 7 Pleiades being lost and the number becoming 6. which is termed the constellation of the great wain. Footnote 2: In Shinto omenlogy too there is an inauspicious omen associated with the non-visibility of Alcor: If a person fails to see Alcor. Mizar. Footnote 3: Interestingly. So they reason that the S umerians might have done this only if Alcor was much brighter then. Ursa Major. Another point of interest is the connection between Alcor and the so called lost Pleiad in multiple traditions. siddha. This raises the question if t his connection is merely a consequence of numerology and shape (Pleiades and Urs a Major) or it the variability of Alcor and the lost Pleiad happened roughly aro und the same time. birds and other evolutionary excursions The complete index Categories Search this Blog . Fomalhaut B is the variable star TW Piscis Austrini which is a BY Draconis variable varying due to large star spots and rotation. Their main reason to suggest this is because the Sumerian/Babylonian records pl ace Alcor as a separate constellation apart from the rest of the core Ursa Major . in Mongol. Share this: GoogleTwitter5Facebook10Print Posted in Heathen thought. to our knowledge. This system in addition to the widely s eparated companions which were only recently discovered also has an exoplanet an d a ring around Fomalhaut A. ev en that arundhatI has made vasiShTha stand to her rear! Interesting as this is. Footnote 4: The widest double (more correctly triple) known to date is Fomalhaut the brightest star in Pisces Austrinus. the lost Pleiad. yoga power Pages About Dinosaurs. Life. Huitung Ot. in 2001 a paper was published Polcaro and Viotti in which they sugge sted that the Sumerian/Babylonian records suggest that Alcor was probably bright er than what it is now around 2000 BCE. :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Footnote 1: We were for long puzzled by this legend and wondered if it meant tha t at some point in the historical past Alcor underwent a loss of brightness. who is well-known in the three worlds and respected by the good.She. he is said to die by the end of that year. perhaps being as bright as Mizar itself. the Canadian Miqmak tribe also has a legend which tak es Alcor to be a vessel. where she is the Cold star. Given the presence of a portent in both the Indian and Japanese world it is conceivable that there was some omen associated with star g oing back to prehistoric times. the most explicit reference to Alcor having become fa inter in human memory. Hindu. Scientific ramblings Tags: Alcor. riddle verse. Of these. Greek and Hindu tradition there is the legend that the lost one was/became Alcor. The Hindu le gend is. In any case i t is anachronistic in the context of the many unconnected omens narrated at the beginning of the great war. Int erestingly. and kept her with them. it might not necessarily imply knowledge of the revoluti on of arundhati and vasiShTha alternative explanations could be the change in br ightness of arundhati [Footnote 1] or an ancient memory of a time when due to pr ecession of the earth s axis arundhati might risen before vasiShTha. In Mongol tradition the 7 stars of Ursa Major are conside red 7 thieves who kidnapped one of the 7 maidens.

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