Devi NationalisMa Above All

"जननी जन्मभूमिश्च स्वर्गादपि गरीयसी" "Mother & Motherland Are Superior Even To Heaven" A noble sentiment attributed to the Rsi Bharadwaj ; and which is rendered further marvelous - to my mind, anyway - when we consider some of the implications of the Sanskrit word-choices used in its construction. For example, Janani has at its Sanskrit … Continue reading Devi NationalisMa Above All

‘Caveat Cultor’ – On The (Indo-European) Deification Of Political Figures

[Author's note: this piece was originally written a year ago, in response to then-recent happenings. It is presented here, unaltered except for image [George Washington, in case you didn't recognize him with his shirt off]; as it contains a few points of comparative Indo-European mytho-political interest]   "Over the past 24 hours, i've been tagged … Continue reading ‘Caveat Cultor’ – On The (Indo-European) Deification Of Political Figures

Man Cannot Ban What Man Did Not Create – On Sweden’s Proposed “Rune-Ban”

The heralded intent of the Swedish government to attempt to "ban" Runes, and more broadly other heritage/religious elements on grounds that they might "look" Neo-Nazi, must be *absolutely* opposed. Before proceeding further, and lest I be (wilfully) misinterpreted, I shall say one thing. I am no fan of Neo-Nazis, and have regularly found that some … Continue reading Man Cannot Ban What Man Did Not Create – On Sweden’s Proposed “Rune-Ban”

MahaGauri – The Eighth Night of NavRatri – Eighth of the NavaDurgas

The Eight Night of #NavRatri is dedicated to Ma as MahaGauri - The Great White One. Now, as readers of yesterday's piece - on KaalRatri - will be patently aware, this stands in seemingly stark contrast to the previous Night's Aspect of MataJI, Who is the great(est) Black one. And yet, as it happens, a … Continue reading MahaGauri – The Eighth Night of NavRatri – Eighth of the NavaDurgas

KaalRatri – The Seventh Night of NavRatri; The Seventh of the NavaDurgas

"You often hear it said - "Time is on our side". Well ... This is Time. She is On My Side." The Sixth Night of #NavRatri is dedicated to Ma as KaalRatri - the Blackest Night, the Night of Death, The Iron Night, The 'Stillness' of Time  - and the 'Destroyer of Darkness', the Annihilator: … Continue reading KaalRatri – The Seventh Night of NavRatri; The Seventh of the NavaDurgas

Katyayani – The 6th NavaDurga, The Sixth Night Of NavRatri

The Sixth Night of #NavRatri is dedicated to Ma as Katyayani - Mahishasura Mardini Herself, the Devastator of the Demon. And, not at all coincidentally, one of my favourite of the NavaDurga Forms. In many ways, the tale of Ma Katyayani may be considered emblematic of so much of the Durgan mythic corpus - insofar … Continue reading Katyayani – The 6th NavaDurga, The Sixth Night Of NavRatri

BHARAT MATA AND THE INDO-EUROPEAN DEIFIC OF NATIONAL IDENTITY

August 15th is India's National Day - the hallowed anniversary of Independence. And for that, we have prepared something a little bit different for publication here at AA. Now, you may be wondering why we are posting to mark a civic, political observance rather than something which is prima facie a religious one of ancient … Continue reading BHARAT MATA AND THE INDO-EUROPEAN DEIFIC OF NATIONAL IDENTITY

Akhanda Bharata – A Concept In Flux

I've previously written a bit about the occasional bouts of revanchist and irridentist tendencies which can accompany political Hinduism - the most common of which are rather justified claims that India ought to maintain or extend territorial possession to include areas such as the full extent of Jammu & Kashmir, and areas of China (or, … Continue reading Akhanda Bharata – A Concept In Flux

Hinduism: Universalist Or Specificist Creed

I'm doing some thinking atm about Hinduism (when am I not?) and whether the Faith constitutes a Universalist or a specifist religion. Obviously, these days, there are a number of Hindu (or Hindu-derived) religious movements and sects which are pretty decidedly convinced that they are, indeed, universally applicable - the Hare Krishnas are probably the … Continue reading Hinduism: Universalist Or Specificist Creed