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Ghost of His Brother

| June 1, 2013
Ghost of His Brother

Sundar! Many women trembled at the very mention of the name. He was broad shouldered and strong and his presence was quite intimidating. But that was not the only reason why a hush fell every time he walked to a different section of the bank. Part of the reason was, of course, the authority he […]

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Jesus of Nazareth: The Super Virgo

| May 28, 2013
Jesus of Nazareth: The Super Virgo

Jesus Christ has spiritually elevated billions of believers during the past two millenia. It is but natural that there be interest of his devotees in the times and circumstances of his birth. Opinions abound about the likely time of birth of the great master though there could be little concrete proof of the validity of […]

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The Man who ate a Human Brain

| May 1, 2000
The Man who ate a Human Brain

Maldevta is a popular picnic spot near Dehra Dun. Thirst overtook us while trekking to Maldevta and we decided to ask for some water at a small thatched hut about a eight hundred scrubby hundred yards from the canal we were following. A dusky, well built man wearing a skimpy loin cloth emerged from the […]

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Chandwati’s Spirit

| May 1, 2000 | 0 Comments
Chandwati’s Spirit

She had always had a sharp tongue, which cost her a lot of goodwill. But she paid perhaps the biggest price for her whiplash of a tongue when she died. Estranged family members did an indifferent job of her last rites, skipping quite a few mandatory rituals. The result was that though Chandwati left her […]

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An Introduction to the Yogini Dasha

| September 1, 1998
An Introduction to the Yogini Dasha

Once upon a time, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati were strolling in the forests of the Himalayas. Puzzled by the applicability of various dashas in astrology, Goddess Parvati asked Lord Shiva, “There are innumerable dasha systems in astrology, but in the Kaliyuga, which dasha would tell us in a flash the results of a person’s […]

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The Vedic System of Calculating the Ascendant

| November 1, 1997
The Vedic System of Calculating the Ascendant

The most important point in the construction of a horoscope is the Ascendant. The ascendant is the point of cutting of the ecliptic by the eastern horizon of a place. The earth spinning on its axis in a linear movement takes 24 hours to complete one rotation. But what exactly is the duration of a […]

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How to Create and Use Vedic Sundial

| September 1, 1997
How to Create and Use Vedic Sundial

This article explores the ingenuity of ancient Vedic scholars in extracting the vast astronomical information with the help of very simple instruments. Here we propose to explain the method of erecting a ‘Vedic Sundial’ as described in the Narada Purana (II.50.125-131), believed to be one of the ancient classics compiled around 1700 BC, and the […]

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The Basic Concepts of Astronomy Relevant to Astrology

| January 1, 1997
The Basic Concepts of Astronomy Relevant to Astrology

The Branches of Vedic Astrology Jyotish is considered to be one of the Vedangas (part of Vedas) propounded by lord Brahma by the scientific study of which human beings can accomplish virtue. Jyotish shastra or the science of Vedic astrology, is a compilation of 4,00,000 verses (vide Narada Purana, II.50.2). Vedic astrology has mainly three […]

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