Category Archives: Old Testament

Practice What You Preach vs. Offering Inspiration

by Aranyakananda In any spiritual tradition, right up there with “The Golden Rule” of doing unto others what you’d have done unto you, is the principle of “Practice What You Preach.” It has a lot to do with fixing yourself … Continue reading

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Vaisnavaganza: Adishesha

by Aranyakananda The next “face of Vishnu” is not necessarily a “face of Vishnu” at all, though He is considered to be an avatar of either Mahavishnu or Narayana, depending on who you ask. As such, He is said to … Continue reading

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“Where Have All The Vaishnavs Gone?” or “Vaishnavism in a Skeptic Age”

by Aranyakananda It seems to me that most Vaisnavs are devotees of a particular manifestation of Vishnu. Namely Rama or Krishna. Most Vaisnavs are really “Kraishnavs” or “Ramites.” Shiva has His own avatars but most Shaivites I know worship Shiva … 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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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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Two Festivals of Light

by Aranyakananda People (like me) like to see coincidences between two religions and see Oneness. It is a key characteristic of Sanatana Dharma, I think. So I wanted to believe that the Diwali and Hanukkah both being referred to as … Continue reading

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