Category Archives: Jainism

“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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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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Simplified Hinduism?

by Aranyakananda I would not have written this post had I not heard no fewer than three Indian Hindus say that they felt that Hinduism is “too complex” and “has too many Gods.” I myself have noted the similarities amongst … Continue reading

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I Don’t Believe in Atheists

by Aranyakananda Hinduism is not a religion where one is compelled to go out into the world and change anyone’s mind. All paths are valid. All paths fit the current needs of the soul behind the veil of the human … Continue reading

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A Botched Attempt At Pluralism During the Inaugural Luncheon.

by Aranyakananda During the televised Inaugural luncheon today, an invocation was given before the meal was served. I forget who delivered the prayer, but what is important is the words chosen. I could tell there was great effort put into … Continue reading

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The Harvard University Kumbh Mela Project

by Aranyakananda A friend came up to me today and asked me if I was going to the Kumbh Mela this year. I laughed and said no. “Why not?” he asked. “Because it’s 8,000 miles away.” Good reason. But ever … Continue reading

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Fostering Cross-Culturalism and Interfaith Co-operation

by Aranyakananda The other day a friend of mine accompanied me to my weekly Gita discussion group at the local Hindu Temple. My friend is a Buddhist Monk. He was their to gain further understanding of my form of devotion. … Continue reading

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