Category Archives: Navratri

An Internal Debate Regarding PTO on Hindu Holidays.

by Aranyakananda I took Monday, October 14th off from work. I’d casually mentioned it to my mother that I had off that day and she asked me why later. I told her it was because of Canadian Thanksgiving (my wife … Continue reading

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A Response to “Let’s Aim For a Post-Theistic Society” by Professor Vasant Natarajan

by Aranyakananda Last time I attended Bhagavad-Gita study group at my temple one of the men there made a casual reference to an opinion column in “The Hindu”. I later asked him to direct me to the piece because I … Continue reading

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Vaisnavaganza: Prithvi Devi, Mother Nature

by Aranyakananda In a recent post, I described Vishnu’s descent into the material world as Prithu. According to this myth, the Earth had gone barren and Prithu was going to destroy it, possibly to start over. But the Earth turned … 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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“Now Go Further”

by Aranyakananda Without at all being mindful that Navratri was imminent, I recently checked out a book on Swami Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, the guru of Swami Vivekananda. Ramakrishna, the “God-Intoxicated” devotee of the Divine Mother Kali implored his students “You are … Continue reading

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Vaisnavaganza

by Aranyakananda In a recent post I wrote about Vaisnavism, and Hinduism in general in the Kali Yuga. In doing so, I considered the form of Vishnu which is prescribed for devotion in the Kali Yuga, that of Venkateswara, or … Continue reading

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Holika Dahan in the Face

by Aranyakananda Three days, late my local Temple held it’s Holika Dahan, the fire which represents Holika the supposedly fire proof, and Pralad the rebellious devotee of Vishnu. It was raining but we went ahead with it anyway. I wore … Continue reading

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