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eGurukula : Opening for one student

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 10:23
I am considering accepting a student. You can request the subject of your choice. I’ll accept if I know it. The general rules are on For the right student, I can be slightly flexible.
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Understanding Shadows : śankusthāpana : Determining North – South.

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 08:06
vāstu śāstra was yesterday’s engineering., though it has become today’s belief system. My father shared the following interesting point after seeing my shadow length markings on the ground. śanku-sthāpana is one of the first activities prior to house construction. A small stick (the śanku) is planted in the ground. It’s shadow is marked on the … Continue reading Understanding Shadows : śankusthāpana : Determining North – South. →
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Doing Good.

Sun, 04/03/2016 - 08:25
Many people demand that the only good one can do is service to other humans. Some people realise that human beings are not the only species on this planet. They are pro-life. Ecology. Conservation. And so on. Some people then figure out that what looks good for humans (development, beach lights..), is not good for … Continue reading Doing Good. →
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The Celestial Sacred Thread

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 15:23
Face East. Any day from the Spring Equinox to the Autumn Equinox. In India. The sun rises in the North East, reaches the South at Local Noon, and sets in the  South West. In effect, over your left shoulder. And in the night it comes back up from SW to NE. That would be under … Continue reading The Celestial Sacred Thread →
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Understanding Shadows and Introversion

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 08:44
I’ve been painting gray and white. I see painting as a cheaper alternative to tiles. I have been observing the Sun and shadows. Everyday some of my pre-conceived notions acquired from images constructed through reading and hearing are destroyed or challenged. Observing and inferring are very important to make sure that we have understood what … Continue reading Understanding Shadows and Introversion →
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simhācalam : varāha lakşmī narasimha swāmi temple

Fri, 03/25/2016 - 14:49
A bus from R.K. Beach to Simhachalam Depot. Another bus to the hill top. A lift to the sanctum. A special pūjā. prasādam. Climbing down a thousand steps. Taking lots of breaks. Exchanging pleasantries with other pilgrims. Looking at the beautiful scenery.
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Astro: Cardinal, Hinge, cara rāšī:

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 10:09
The equinoxes and the solstices are the cardinal – cardo – hinge – kīlaka –  points. The rāśī: or zodiac signs associated with them are called the cara rāśī: or moveable signs  because they signal season changes. These are mēşa, karkāțaka, tula and makara.
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Turtle Conservation : Visakhapatnam – 2

Tue, 03/22/2016 - 21:21
Quite the adventure! I met two of the care-takers Ramesh and Ranga (Lingeshwar). Ramesh used to live on the beach and eat at the temple, till he found work here. Ranga is a fisherman who learnt about turtles from his father and grand father. They work at this job for 6 months a year. The … Continue reading Turtle Conservation : Visakhapatnam – 2 →
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The Star in The East : uttarabhādrapada

Tue, 03/22/2016 - 11:11
At the time of spring equinox on March 20th, 2016, sūrya was in the first pāda of uttarabhādra and was pointing east exactly. At that time he was in the first quarter of uttarabhādra. Thus the East Star is uttarabhādra. uttarabhādra is in meena rāśi in the nirāyaņa system.
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One degree NE. Sunrise at R.K. beach, Visakhapatnam

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 12:41
This photo shows the sun rising one degree north of east, in viśakhapațnam R.K. beach. At the rate of a degree a day, the sun covers one nakshatra in a little less than a fortnight. It is roughly 90 days to the summer solstice, in the northern hemisphere. Around April 24th, we will have the … Continue reading One degree NE. Sunrise at R.K. beach, Visakhapatnam →
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vişu : east : indra : spring equinox

Sat, 03/19/2016 - 17:16
vişu, in samskŕtam, means equally or the same in both directions. In malayaļam it is the festival closely assciated with the Spring Equinox. At this time the Sun is due east and exactly between the Winter and Summer Solstice. In astronomy vişu bindu is the point at which the great circles intersect. vişu bindu is … Continue reading vişu : east : indra : spring equinox →
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Bhagavad Gita : Chanting in front of an audience.

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 21:10
My friend madhu asked me to chant some ślökā: of the bhagavad gītā at her father’s ceremony. In their tradition, the married daughter and her son perform a pūjā on the 4th day. After a simple prayer, one of their friends sang the ravīndra sangītam very beautifully. I was emotional and thought I would not … Continue reading Bhagavad Gita : Chanting in front of an audience. →
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Un-Sedentary-fying Life.

Tue, 03/15/2016 - 15:18
In moving from software development to business development, from that to teaching, from that to staying at home and doing housework…, I have consciously tried to move away from a sedentary life to one that requires more activity. By adding activities like washing clothes by hand, painting walls and walking long distances I have tried … Continue reading Un-Sedentary-fying Life. →
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Vishnu Sahasranamam : Chanting as a Remedy to Jaw Clenching

Sat, 03/12/2016 - 10:55
samsāra dŕşți or a worldly view creates anger, stress etc. This stress sometimes leads to jaw clenching (bruxism). When chanting vişņu sahasranāmam I observed that the systematic and rythmic chanting exercises and loosens the jaws. In a world seeking stress-busters and cures for bruxism, this should help.
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Some say Western Education. Some say Vedic Education.

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 14:37
The goal is well-being. Western Education grants the affluence and advantages of Western Technology and Medicine. Their technology and medicine are a consequence of their science. Western Education is strongly associated with Modern Science. A lot of Westernised Indians express feelings akin to hollowness and emptiness. While they enjoy the adventure and excitement of Western … Continue reading Some say Western Education. Some say Vedic Education. →
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Caste: Free Vocational Training, Food Security, Social Security

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 11:36
Nowadays caste system is highly politicisised. But at one time it served a purpose. A caste is a community of people who inter-marry. So they are all related to each other. If you travelled to an unknown place and announced your caste, your people would have to give you food and bed. You learnt from … Continue reading Caste: Free Vocational Training, Food Security, Social Security →
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What is bali? What is havis?

Wed, 03/09/2016 - 09:32
bali is an offering to nature. havis is an offering to the dēvatā: . So if you leave a handful of cooked rice outside for birds and insects to eat, that is bali. If you offer ghee into the fire or sweet smelling sticks that is havis. Many special days do have a bit of … Continue reading What is bali? What is havis? →
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Free Education For All.

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 00:02
Some demand reservations based on caste. Others based economics. There are rich people who get unfair advantage through caste reservations. And the guy who earns one rupee more than the poverty line may also need help. Merit based admissions may favour mug-pots with high marks over those who really understand. The real solution is to … Continue reading Free Education For All. →
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śiva rātri preparations at kāđu mallēśwara swāmi temple

Sat, 03/05/2016 - 20:42
This is where I go for peace and direction. It was thrilling to see the sugarcane and fern leaf decorations under way. Anticipate a long line on Monday. You can get a rudrābhişēkam ticket for Rs.200. Only 1 ticket per person. Entry limited to two persons per ticket. There will also be the dharma darśana … Continue reading śiva rātri preparations at kāđu mallēśwara swāmi temple →
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Feeling Graced : śrī rāma mandiram

Thu, 03/03/2016 - 11:52
I had the whole of this tiny temple to myself for about half an hour yesterday evening. It was as if śrī rāma himself bent down and put something in my cupped palms. I could feel the tears streaming down my face. Some lovely classical music was playing. It was one of those rare moments … Continue reading Feeling Graced : śrī rāma mandiram →
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