Category Archives: Apocalypse

On Being Enlightened vs. Being Self-Realized

by Aranyakananda I was asked the other day if there is a difference between being “enlightened” and being “Self-realized”/”Self-actualized” whichever you prefer. And if so, is it wrong to say “I am enlightened.” Let me deal with the second question … 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: 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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A Ladder Within a Wheel Within a Loop Within a Larger Loop.

by Aranyakananda The world is an odd place. In our lives we are but climbing a ladder, all the time going ’round and ’round clinging to a wheel that is not real but convinced it is all that is real, … Continue reading

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Even the Gita Says The Hindu Scriptures Are Unnecessary to the Wise

by Aranyakananda One of my favorite things about Hinduism is a line in the Bhagavad-Gita, Chapter 3, verse 46, which reads thusly: To the knower of Brahman (Spirit), all of the Vedas (scriptures) are of no more utility than is … Continue reading

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In An Apocalyptic World Where Thoughts Reign Supreme…

by Aranyakananda Mohandes K. Gandhi-ji said “happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” A wonderful and simple, yet somehow¬†often extremely difficult path to follow. Most of us fool ourselves into believing … Continue reading

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