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by Aranyakananda “Auspicious” is a word that I never heard until I began reading Hindu texts and commentaries on said documents. “Inauspicious” was a word I was familiar with, oddly enough. But I had never heard anyone employ its opposite, … Continue reading

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The Sacred Architecture of the Vastu Shastra

by Aranyakananda My father is a home builder. With his birthday having just passed when I started working on this post, and having visited my parents beforehand to take them both out for dinner, naturally I have been thinking about … 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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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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Impetuous

by Aranyakananda During meditation, more often than is probably necessary, my “meditation” includes a session in which my mind mulls over and chews up all of the spiritual difficulties I am currently facing. It is neither a “confessional” nor a … Continue reading

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Spiritually Flighty

by Aranyakananda This post is titled thusly because given the subject-matter, one may label me as such. For you see, even though I have recently begun identifying as “Smarta with Vaisnav leanings” or some such madness, as opposed to strictly … 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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