Category Archives: Judaism

Cleanliness is Next To Godliness and Godliness is Apparently Calculable

by Aranyakananda First off I don’t really believe that old aphorism that “cleanliness is next to godliness”. If that were true, I’d be going straight to Hell in a handbasket, I am sure. But the idea fits well with another … Continue reading

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Authorit(ativ)erian

by Aranyakananda In my last post I wrote a bit about certain observances going “against dharma.” It was all about the duty of a householder to maintain a source of income, employment. In explaining this concept, I brought up the … Continue reading

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Letting My Aum Flag Fly For Liberty and Justice

by Aranyakananda Today was Flag Day. In the U.S. if you don’t know, this is supposed to be a day to honor the stars and stripes of our national flag. I am not much for sentimental patriotism, anyone will tell … Continue reading

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Reductio Ad Absurdum

by Aranyakananda The last post I wrote had to do with people making judgements on the spiritual path of others, and I compared it to a social trend I have noticed wherein people gravitate toward the crime and court reports … Continue reading

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Aum Yeshuaya Namah! and Happy Easter! हैप्पी ईस्टर!

by Aranyakananda I don’t really say “Happy Easter” too much not being a Germanic Pagan, nor a practicing Christian. But I have always considered how Jesus the Christ fits into my own Vaisnav worldview. I have considered him an avatar … 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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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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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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Know a Yogi III – Sri Swami Lahiri Mahasaya (Disciple of Mahavatar Babaji)

by Aranyakananda Paramahansa Yogananda is often called the “Father of Yoga In the West.” And Swami Vivekananda came to America 30 years before him. But yoga in the Western world was all foreseen by Yogananda’s guru’s guru, Lahiri Mahasaya. In … Continue reading

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