Category Archives: Om symbol

Thoughts on Tilaks

by Aranyakananda The main purpose of the tilak, in my understanding, is not in the wearing but in the act of application. It is to be a meditative practice during which one remembers his own ishta-devata. It is not to … Continue reading

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Damaru-hasta and Kartari-hasta

by Aranyakananda A couple of interesting things I picked up in my reading on Hindu iconography: There is a hand gesture which has been adopted by fans of heavy metal music as a sign of their love and loyalty to … Continue reading

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How to Give Obiesance to 330 Million Gods Every Day.

by Aranyakananda And now for something completely different: It is said that there are 330 million gods in Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism). The Vedas mention 33, or 33 groups of them, but then the word for “groups” is the same word … Continue reading

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So There ARE Hindus In Greenland!

by Aranyakananda Is there life on other planets? Where do we go when we die? Are there Hindus in Greenland? These are the questions that keep great thinkers up at night. And I received the answer to one of them … Continue reading

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ॐ-Flavored Water

by Aranyakananda I recently became aware of a device called the Kangen water system. It was invented or perfected in Japan, and supposedly the secret was kept for 30 years until it was recently released to the public. It produces … Continue reading

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On Not Dying, At Least Not Any Time Soon

by Aranyakananda On the plane ride into Winnipeg on the fateful day I have written about in the last two posts, I happened to notice a fellow passenger was wearing a New York Yankees cap. I recognized this to be … Continue reading

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Japa Beads and Vishnu’s Navel

by Aranyakananda Today, FINALLY, I got my first set of japa/mala beads. I wear them around my neck, and I have attached an ॐ pendant onto it. Being that it is 108 marble-sized beads, and a string of 8 more … Continue reading

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