Category Archives: poetry

The “I” and the “Me”

by Aranyakananda Every so often just a sliver of a memory pops into my head and if I think about it long enough it brings something back that is of value. Yesterday I remembered that when I was early in … Continue reading

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Sorry, Mormons

by Aranyakananda Now that I have said in my last post that Abrahamic religions are “authoritarian” and that Dharma is not, but instead is “authoritative”, except for the Manu-samhita and the Gita depending on how you read it, let me … Continue reading

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The Art of Hinduism

by Aranyakananda I passed on Saraswati Puja last night. I just wasn’t feeling up to being in temple last night. I just felt like having a very quiet night. During the afternoon I had re-connected with a friend who is … Continue reading

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Mamaste!

by Aranyakananda There is one Mother She comes in many forms We call her by many names. She has fed us, bathed us Carried us over troubled waters Quite likely saved our life. She brought us here, She protected us … Continue reading

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One Is Not The Loneliest Number

by Aranyakananda I was recently in a discussion with friends in which I brought up the Vedic aphorism “Truth is one; the wise call it by many names.” Knowing the people involved in this conversation were not fammiliar with Vedic … Continue reading

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King Kulasekhara & The Alwars and Nayanmars

by Aranyakananda mabhir manda-mano vicintya bahudha yamis ciram yatana naivami prabhavanti papa-ripavah svami nanu sridharah alasyam vyapaniya bhakti-sulabham dhyayasva narayanam lokasya vyasanapanodana-karo dasasya kim na kshamah O foolish mind, stop your fearful fretting about the extensive torments dealt out by … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day and Vasant Panchami

by Aranyakananda Amongst the many of my “favorite things” about Hinduism is that many of the festivals, though various themselves, have various interpretations as to their root and significance, region to region in India. Being a Western Hindu born into … Continue reading

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