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“Through him, She…”

I am finally reading the “Gospel of Ramakrishna” which I picked up over the summer. Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa was a Sanatana Dharmist in the truest sense I can think of. He tested every path for himself: From Daulism to Advaita, … Continue reading

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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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Sorry, Mormons

by Aranyakananda Now that I have said in my last post that Abrahamic religions are “authoritarian” and that Dharma is not, but instead is “authoritative”, except for the Manu-samhita and the Gita depending on how you read it, let me … Continue reading

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A Whole Lotta Mahabharata

by Aranyakananda I am on a bit of a Mahabharata binge right now. Make ready. Not too long ago I wrote on the concept of “fear of God” and how figures in the Mahabharata such as Kamsa, Krisha’s uncle achieved … Continue reading

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Jai Jai Shankara Hara Hara Shankara

by Aranyakananda It’s been a while since I really considered posting here. My wife and I’ve been moving, and Lord Ganesha, for a while, dammed the river of words that had until recently flowed forth on this blog. I blame … Continue reading

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A Story About The Day I Proposed To My Wife.

by Aranyakananda Today is the 9th anniversary of the day I married my wife. It is not the anniversary of the day I proposed to her, but to mark today’s milestone I’d like to tell a story about that day … 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: 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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Vaisnavaganza: Beyond the Dashavatar – the 14 Other Avatars of Vishnu

by Aranyakananda The commonly accepted list of Avatars of Vishnu includes 9, with the tenth, Kalki yet to come. This list of ten is called Dashavatar. But the Bhagavata Purana and other scriptures list 14 more avatars of Vishnu, for … Continue reading

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Vaisnavaganza: Mahavishnu, Garbodakshayi Vishnu, and Ksirodakasayi Vishnu

by Aranyakananda In what I intend to be a series of posts on the many faces of Vishnu, the most logical place to start – the “form” of Vishnu which represents that Singularity which I referred to in the last … Continue reading

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