Category Archives: Mahavatar Babaji

“My India” by Swami Yogananda-ji

by Aranyakananda Recently I changed my Facebook profile pic. On the new image, over my left shoulder is almost complete and utter darkness except for a few reflections off of shiny things hidden in said darkness. Over my right is … Continue reading

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“A Compilation of Mini-Biographies of Various Yogis”

by Aranyakananda         It brings me happiness to write about the words of Yogananda, but I don’t think that I could ever, or would ever want to do a true review of his work, as I don’t feel like I could do … Continue reading

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Yogananda’s “Boatman” Among Us

by Aranyakananda Paramahansa Yogananda wrote a poem called “God’s Boatman” which is of infinite importance (literally). In the poem, the Guru-ji expressed his desire – a purely benevolent, altruistic, sattwic desire, mind you – to be freed from the shackles … Continue reading

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The New Thought Movement vs. Ancient Vedic Wisdom

by Aranyakananda I visited my local Barnes and Noble the other day, and I made a couple of observations on a situation I have been monitoring over the last couple of years. First, they continue to shelve things inconsistently/incorrectly. Judaism, … Continue reading

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The Saint Francis of Assisi/Paramhansa Yogananda Connection

by Aranyakananda In reading the recently released bio of Yogananda, written by Kriyananda, I was fascinated to read that Yogananda had said he was Saint Francis of Assisi in a former incarnation. In reading the biography of St. Francis, entitled … Continue reading

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Rabbinical Gurus?

by Aranyakananda I recently read a book called “Going Deep” by Gordon MacDonald.The story is about a pastor in a Christian church who comes to the realization that the key to a brighter future for his church and for the … Continue reading

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Yogananda Biography Full of Digressions and Personal Issues.

by Aranyakananda I have finished reading the new biography of Paramhansa Yogananda, written by one of the Guruji’s most cherished disciples, Swami Kriyananda. I am sure that Kriyananda’s devotion to his guru is pure and true. And I don’t feel … Continue reading

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