Category Archives: Brahma

Karma Giveth and Karma Taketh Away

by Aranyakananda Last week I wrote a practically scene-by-scene review of a film called “Enlighten Up” in which a young man who was skeptical of the transformational power of yoga got a very “crash course” in the many facets of … Continue reading

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On the Winter Solstice and the Gita

by Aranyakananda As usual lately, I am a little late to the party on certain subjects when it comes to blogging. But yesterday was the Winter Solstice. The beginning of winter, yet it marks the day when daylight hours begins … 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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The Art of Hinduism

by Aranyakananda I passed on Saraswati Puja last night. I just wasn’t feeling up to being in temple last night. I just felt like having a very quiet night. During the afternoon I had re-connected with a friend who is … Continue reading

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Damaru-hasta and Kartari-hasta

by Aranyakananda A couple of interesting things I picked up in my reading on Hindu iconography: There is a hand gesture which has been adopted by fans of heavy metal music as a sign of their love and loyalty to … Continue reading

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Multi-Tasking Media Murtis

by Aranyakananda You know what really grinds my gears? Has anyone noticed the sharp increase in advertisements in magazines and online wherein multi-tasking is illustrated by a human form with multiple arms each holding a different object? Does it look … 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: 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: 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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