Category Archives: Swami Vidyadhishananda

The Hamburg Beatles and a Meditation on Karma

by Aranyakananda I find inspiration in the strangest places. I think all of us must at one point or another. I think I’ve mentioned a time or 15 that I am a fan of the Beatles. At work, along with … Continue reading

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Mandir 2.0

by Aranyakananda By the end of July, my wife and I intend to be moved to a new apartment. The one we decided on is one that we looked at a few years ago. Intriguingly it happens to sit directly … Continue reading

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Shanti x 3

by Aranyakananda Today I was fortunate to be able to view a live feed of a discourse given by Swami Vidyadhishananda which he gave on the topic of the Taittiriya Upanishad. It is one of the primary Upanishads from the … Continue reading

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I Was a Brahmanist Jnani Yogi

by Aranyakananda My temple currently resides in a former church. We are raising money to build our own new proper temple. Within a couple of years, the Murtis will be installed in a proper home, I am sure. It is … Continue reading

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Sri Potato Head

by Aranyakananda Though I did not grow up in Indian culture nor am I of Indian ancestry, I try to be respectful and even protective of the culture which I have grown a little closer to over the last few … Continue reading

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I Don’t Believe in Atheists

by Aranyakananda Hinduism is not a religion where one is compelled to go out into the world and change anyone’s mind. All paths are valid. All paths fit the current needs of the soul behind the veil of the human … Continue reading

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Know a Yogi III – Sri Swami Lahiri Mahasaya (Disciple of Mahavatar Babaji)

by Aranyakananda Paramahansa Yogananda is often called the “Father of Yoga In the West.” And Swami Vivekananda came to America 30 years before him. But yoga in the Western world was all foreseen by Yogananda’s guru’s guru, Lahiri Mahasaya. In … Continue reading

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SSI Kurukshetra

by Aranyakananda Referring to difficult situations in life as “Kurukshetras” on this weblog is not an attempt to place any of my own experiences or any struggles I have faced on a pedestal equal to that of Arjuna, the kshatriya. … Continue reading

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My Roll With Spina Bifida and With Vishnu

by Aranyakananda I was born with Spina bifida, and though my decision to worship Hinduically was not related to my disability, there certainly came a time that I came to realize that all of my life, I have been under … Continue reading

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“A Compilation of Mini-Biographies of Various Yogis”

by Aranyakananda         It brings me happiness to write about the words of Yogananda, but I don’t think that I could ever, or would ever want to do a true review of his work, as I don’t feel like I could do … Continue reading

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