Monthly Archives: March 2013

Aum Yeshuaya Namah! and Happy Easter! हैप्पी ईस्टर!

by Aranyakananda I don’t really say “Happy Easter” too much not being a Germanic Pagan, nor a practicing Christian. But I have always considered how Jesus the Christ fits into my own Vaisnav worldview. I have considered him an avatar … Continue reading

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My First Holi Experience

by Aranyakananda Normally Holi Colors is played by mixing the color powder with water. Participants squirt each other with water guns. Today we did not need to do that. It was raining most of the afternoon so we just took … Continue reading

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Holika Dahan in the Face

by Aranyakananda Three days, late my local Temple held it’s Holika Dahan, the fire which represents Holika the supposedly fire proof, and Pralad the rebellious devotee of Vishnu. It was raining but we went ahead with it anyway. I wore … Continue reading

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Sri Vishnu Ashtottara Shatanaamavali w/ a Short Interlude

by Aranyakananda Today, to kick off the belated Holi festivities at my local Temple, our priest performed Lakshmi Puja and Narayana Puja. He chanted the 108 names of Vishnu after which we returned with “Aum Namo Narayanaya” to confirm that … Continue reading

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Real Change

by Aranyakananda As anyone paying attention to the news in the U.S. will know, the Supreme Court is currently deliberating over the constitutional basis of same-sex marriage. Right now the issue is in the hands of the nine Ladies and … Continue reading

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One Is Not The Loneliest Number

by Aranyakananda I was recently in a discussion with friends in which I brought up the Vedic aphorism “Truth is one; the wise call it by many names.” Knowing the people involved in this conversation were not fammiliar with Vedic … Continue reading

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Try To Commit One Cowherdly Act, Daily

by Aranyakananda I have read recently that the root of the English surname – not necessarily the word– “Coward” is the same as that of the word “Cowherd”. I find this risible as it has been pointed out to me … Continue reading

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King Kulasekhara & The Alwars and Nayanmars

by Aranyakananda mabhir manda-mano vicintya bahudha yamis ciram yatana naivami prabhavanti papa-ripavah svami nanu sridharah alasyam vyapaniya bhakti-sulabham dhyayasva narayanam lokasya vyasanapanodana-karo dasasya kim na kshamah O foolish mind, stop your fearful fretting about the extensive torments dealt out by … Continue reading

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Kula Shaker: Not Quite 21st Century Alwars, But Still…

By Aranyakananda I recently discovered “Kula Shaker”, a British “psychedelic rock” band who were very popular in the late ’90s, and have reformed in the 21st century. I am not sure if “psychedelic” is an appropriate label for them or … Continue reading

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The Vedic Intention Behind Capital Punishment

by Aranyakananda My wife has been watching the Jodi Arias trial intently, and I have caught a few glimpses here and there; enough to know that her story is falling apart. If found guilty of the heinous crime of passion … Continue reading

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