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What do those Sanskrit Words mean?

said on August 23rd, 2016 filed under: Uncategorized

Glossary of Terms (mostly Sanskrit) Used in Azriel Dancer
Abhishek consecration of a holy icon, the pouring of libations on the image of a deity
Adharma the pursuit of wickedness, wrongness, immorality, vice
Amrit nectar, manna, the dining hall at Shiva Puri
Arati evening ceremony at which devotees wave lights to honor the sacred
Ativirya the adharmic energy that feeds Demonkind, the opposite of Kundalini
Atman the Self, human essence, similar to the western concept of “soul”
Bana lingam a naturally occurring rock that represents the formlessness of the Divine
Bhajan spiritual hymn or worship song
Bhagavad Gita the “jewel” of Hindu scripture wherein Krishna describes reality
Bindi the red “dot” of devotion on the forehead, symbolically the ‘third eye’
Brahma the Creator, the first deity of the Hindu Trinity
Dharma righteousness, law, duty, justice, both the path to it and the goal itself
Ganesha the elephant-headed god who removes obstacles, son of Shiva and Parvati
Gopi cowherdess, shepherdess, milkmaid, devotee of Krishna
Guru (gu) darkness and (ru) light, one who dispels the darkness of ignorance
Hanuman from the Ramayana, the supernatural white monkey, ally and devotee of Rama
Kali (with both vowels long) the ferocious female aspect of God, the “Dark One”
Kali (with both vowels short) the lord of demons who brings about the end of the world
Kali Yuga the Iron Age, the last age of humankind
Karma the fundamental law of cause and effect
Kundalini latent spiritual energy that lies coiled at the base of the spine
Laksman from the Ramayana, Rama’s younger brother and companion
Laksmi the goddess of prosperity
Mandir temple
Namaste greeting that means ‘I honor the divinity within you’
Nritya sacred dance, kinetic worship
Om sacred syllable, primordial sound, sung at the beginning and end of chants
Puja physical altar and the worship ceremony performed at the altar
Parvati the Goddess, Daughter of the Mountain, wife of Shiva
Pathika bhuva adharmic power of out-of-body travel
Rakshasa principal race of demons
Rama from the Ramayana, the protagonist, also the avatar of Vishnu
Ravana from the Ramayana, ten-headed demon lord of Sri Lanka, incarnation of Kali
Satsang association of seekers of the truth
Seva selfless service
Shiva the Destroyer, the third deity of the Hindu Trinity
Shivite branch of Hinduism, worship of Shiva, traditionally spelled ‘Shaivite”
Shakti power, energy, the tangible movement of spiritual grace
Siddhi miraculous power
Sita from the Ramayana, wife of Rama and ideal for women
Tekkas drum patterns
Trijata from the Ramayana, Ravana’s niece and confidant to Sita
Vishnu the Sustainer, second deity of the Hindu Trinity
Yoga through various means, the inhibition of the modifications of the mind
Yoga Sutra holy text by Pantanjali (CE 400), foundational scripture of Yoga
Yoni female component of Shivite altar, represented as a bowl or round stone
Yuddha (yuddha incarnation) literally war, violent conquest, demonic possession
Yuga one of four epochs of humankind: Krita, Treta, Dvapara, and Kali

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Wazi is Here!

said on May 28th, 2016 filed under: Whimsy

Her full name is Wazi Tekwa Ga’i which in eastern Shoshone means Girl Who Talks to PackratsWazi Tekwa Ga’i is the title of the fourth volume in this quartet of novels, Daughters of the Kali Yuga, due out in 2018.

 

Many of our friends knew Dharma who passed away last year. She has been reincarnated in the form of Wazi who was seven weeks old on May 28, 2016 when I shot this little clip. Obviously, the new puppy is BRILLIANT!

 

 

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Janabai Shepherd book cover

said on April 8th, 2016 filed under: Art work and photography

The  cover for Book Two, Janabai Shepherd, has arrived from Streetlight Graphics.  My editor, Cate Hogan, thinks it is too young, too soft, and will not sell books.  Nor, she adds will it attract older readers.  CJ agrees.  I’m not so sure.  Janabai is the story of a girl growing up on a communal farm after the apocalypse.  She is only twenty-one at the end of the book.   In that regard, the cover is accurate, and very much in character.

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Daniel

said on January 16th, 2016 filed under: Uncategorized

This pleasant and cooperative waiter at Ike’s Restaurant in Nevada City, California allowed me to use his face as inspiration for Azriel’s husband, “Daniel,” a character who threads his way through all four books.

 

Daniel

 

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The Cover Art is Done

said on October 9th, 2015 filed under: Uncategorized

Here it is.  Glendon and his staff at Streetlight Graphics did the work.

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The Midwife

said on October 8th, 2015 filed under: Research

The Midwife

The midwife, Jessica Mairs, has  the quick wit and clever demeanor I have always found helpful in midwives of whom I have known exactly one.

Jessica Mairs

We met at a New Age hangout called Summer Thymes near downtown Grass Valley. Oh heck, since I’m giving a plug, I might as well go all the way; Summer Thymes is adjacent to the bowling alley, and everybody knows where that is. There’s only one. Bowling alley. Hey, folks, it’s Grass Valley. CALIFORNIA.

Okay, after a pleasant bit of chit chat and bowls of delicious chicken soup in a broth of coconut curry, which we had ordered from the counter at Summer Thymes. Near the bowling alley. We got down to it.

I proposed this problem to Jessica: continue reading…

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Banner Variations

said on August 12th, 2015 filed under: Whimsy

Fooling around with the banner in Photoshop.

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Difuse glow

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Posterize

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Poster edges

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Fresco

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Halftone

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Rebirth

said on July 18th, 2015 filed under: Selections from Azriel Dancer

From Azriel Dancer . . .

“Crushed from without by overwhelming pressures, deep within her body, two of Daniel’ spermatozoa reached the corona radiata of two of Azriel’s ovum, penetrated the zone of pellucida, crossed the periviteline space, merged with the egg’s outer membrane, and were drawn into the inner cytoplasm where, illuminated for the briefest instant by an subterranean blue radiance, they began the secretive entwining of male and female chromosomes.

"Rebirth" painting by Sheryl Karas

The resulting zygotes, fraternal twins, would bear the legacy of their preternatural creation. Azriel’s children would be celebrated as the first daughters of the Kali Yuga apocalypse.

Azriel knew none of this, and would not discover for many weeks that she was pregnant. She was aware only that the mysterious fluxes around her were fading away, the waves of sensation growing further apart and softening with each pulse. When the vibrations stopped altogether Azriel and the bewildered farmers of Shiva Puri picked themselves up from behind the rocks where they had been hiding.”

Painting of “Rebirth” courtesy of Sheryl Karas

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Kali vs. Kali vs. Kalki

said on July 16th, 2015 filed under: Hindu mythology

Kali vs. Kali vs. Kalki

It’s easy to get confused.  The Goddess Kali is pronounced with both vowels long: Kaaaaah-Leeeeee.   She is the fierce aspect of the goddess Durga, and in some cosmologies depicted as the wife or consort of the god, Shiva.   Her name means “Time” or “Death.” She is the Goddess of Time and Destruction, charged with devouring human sin and ego, fearsome mouthfuls, indeed.

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The Goddess Kali

 

The Kali of the Kali Yuga is pronounced with both vowels short: Klih,  from the root verb kad, “to suffer, grieve, hurt; confound, confuse.”  This Kali is the King of Demons.  He is charged with bringing about the Apocalypse.  Kali Yuga means the “Age of Kali” also called the “Iron Age” or the “Last Age of Humankind.” It is the last of the four stages of the world as described in Sanskrit scripture.

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Kali, Demon King of the Kali Yuga

 

The Demon Kali  is the reigning lord of the Kali Yuga and the archenemy of Kalki the 10th and final incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu.

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Kalki, the Incarnation of Lord Vishnu

It is said that towards the end of this Yuga, Lord Kalki will return riding on a white horse to do battle with the demon Kali. The world will suffer a fiery end that will destroy all evil . . . and a new age will begin.

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Daughters of the Kali Yuga

said on July 9th, 2015 filed under: Overview

When Azriel Burke-Kucinich, temple dancer of Shiva Puri (the last great hippy farm and tire center) teams up with Corporal Maxine Flythe, displaced woman Marine with a chip on her shoulder, the Apocalypse doesn’t stand a chance. Spanning fifty-one years and four generations of mothers and daughters and granddaughters, the four books of the series titled Daughters of the Kali Yuga, draws inspiration from the gods and demons of Hindu mythology. From the darkest corner of the Indian Otherworld, Kali, World Eater, Lord Enormity of the Rakshasa, (think Loki meets Hannibal Lector) closes in on Azriel and Max. The Demon King knows that these two women are all that stand between him and his sacred goal—the utter destruction of humanity.

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