You must have heard about the metaphor “Grow a Spine” meaning fighting and having the courage to tackle something important. We can think of this also in terms of morals and ethics. Our lives revolve around this concept of ethics in the western worldview but in the Sanaatana Dharma (Hinduism) it is referred to asContinue reading “Spine”
As the Telugu new year “Ugaadi” is approaching let’s discuss briefly about the souls journey and new beginnings. Lagna is defined defined as the point in the sky on the eastern horizon when any being is born. This forms the anchor or Lagna for the life span of that being. Several points in the skyContinue reading “The Journey”
Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism) is very rich in its iconography and deities. It is a condensed form of the formless nature of existence (Brahman) and very symbolic. Its foolish to take the literal meanings or what is apparent. But even the condensed forms are characterized by multiple layers of complexity and subtlety. Let us look atContinue reading “Dakshinamurthy”
Vinayaka Vijayam is a 70’s Telugu movie that they used play on Doordarshan (Indian Government run channel) every Vinayaka Chathurthi when I was a kid. Yesterday, my wife was reading the Katha (story) on the birth of Ganesha as part of the ritual. Gajasura was given the boon by Lord Shiva that he would resideContinue reading “Chakras”
Shani Maharaj is the Judge, Jury and Executioner. Reference from Makara. It is his Dharma (9th) to Judge (Kanya Rashi). It is his Karma (10th) to be the Jury/Deliberate (Tula Rashi). It is his Kaama (11th) to Execute/Deliver (Vrischik Rashi).
Nashta Jataka (Lost Horoscope) is one of subjects in classical Jyotish literature where using Prashna techniques the horoscope of the native is constructed, who has either lost the birth details or doesnt know their birth day and or exact time. But even if you have a fair awareness of the birth date and approximate time,Continue reading “Birth Time Rectification”
The Mridangam is an acosutic double sided drum like instrument always used in Carnatic music performances. This instrument has all the characteristics of Makar rashi and Shani Maharaj. Let us see how. First of all it is an ancient instrument often depicted on sculptures, paintings, wood work and mythology. It is the instrument of choiceContinue reading “The making of the Mridangam”
Ashtakams are a form of poetry which includes eight stanzas and four line each. Sri Aadi Shankaracharya wrote many popular Ashtakams on various dieties. By their nature of having 8 stanzas they are very transformative and I think this was Sri Aadi Shanakra’s intention as well, to transform the devotee at a subtle level. FromContinue reading “Ashtakam”
Here I analyze the purpose for Shri Ram’s avatar.
My earliest memories of Stallone are the wall posters of First Blood Part 2 on the streets of Hyderabad during my early teens. Wow! what a hulk with a bow wrapped around him and a machine gun in his hands. Yesterday I watched his latest movie Rambo: Last Blood and wondered if somehow Dhanu rashiContinue reading “Rambo and Dhanur Lagna”