Monthly Archives: April 2013

How To Survive the Kali Yuga, Part II

by Aranyakananda Not too long ago I wrote a post on the Kali Yuga, and different Hindu – and in some cases specifically Vaisnava Hindu – practices that are “prescribed” in order for a jivan to navigate his/her way through … Continue reading

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Declaring “Happy Time!”

by Aranyakananda A dear friend of mine has taken up the practice of declaring that it is time for a “Happy Moment” on Facebook posts. It is at these moments, or whenever his friends read these posts, when we are … Continue reading

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The Unconditional Love of a Liberated Soul

by Aranyakananda I am blessed enough to be in the acquaintance of many benevolent entities who give their all to be kind and understanding – loving even – to anyone that they meet. I know people who will answer questions … Continue reading

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Sri Vaisnavism, etc.

by Aranyakananda There are four main sects of Vaisnavism. A good bit of what I covered in my recent “Vaisnavaganza” series related to the Gaudiya Vaisnavism of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, which is an off-shoot of the Brahma Sampradaya of Madhva. … Continue reading

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My Tabla Meditations of Spring 2010.

by Aranyakananda The following is from a paper on the meditative aspects of playing the tabla, which I wrote while I was briefly a grad student in 2010. I was asked to try a meditative practice for three weeks and … Continue reading

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Vaisnavaganza: Ayyappa

by Aranyakananda This will be my final entry in this series entitled “Vaisnavaganza”. I had meant it to be a way to learn more about the depths of Vaisnavism and where its belief system came from and I think I … Continue reading

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Vaisnavaganza: Adishesha

by Aranyakananda The next “face of Vishnu” is not necessarily a “face of Vishnu” at all, though He is considered to be an avatar of either Mahavishnu or Narayana, depending on who you ask. As such, He is said to … Continue reading

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Vaisnavaganza: Prithvi Devi, Mother Nature

by Aranyakananda In a recent post, I described Vishnu’s descent into the material world as Prithu. According to this myth, the Earth had gone barren and Prithu was going to destroy it, possibly to start over. But the Earth turned … Continue reading

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Vaisnavaganza: Ganga Devi

by Aranyakananda Not a manifestation of, or an avatar of Vishnu, but still holding a rightful place in the Vaisnav-theon, is Ganga Devi. You see Ganga Devi, manifesting on our Earth as the River Ganges, flowed from the feet of … Continue reading

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Vaisnavaganza: Chaitanya Mahaprabhu/Radha Krishna

by Aranyakananda Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was a reincarnation of Krishna, not considered a direct avatar of Vishnu, but for all intents and purposes, the very same, I would say. Since at the end of my last post I touched on the … Continue reading

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