Category Archives: polytheism

“Through him, She…”

I am finally reading the “Gospel of Ramakrishna” which I picked up over the summer. Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa was a Sanatana Dharmist in the truest sense I can think of. He tested every path for himself: From Daulism to Advaita, … Continue reading

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“The” “Man” “Upstairs”

by Aranyakananda Most serious seekers of the Divine long ago left behind the idea that God is a an Old Man in the Sky. Yet we still, at least in the predominantly Christian world, often hear the expression “The Man … 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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What Makes a Hindu?

by Aranyakananda If you follow the Western-Hindu.org blog you will know that its author, Tandava, while very well-versed in Hinduism, often posts on the exploits of other bloggers. By that I mean the blog often simply introduces new and interesting … Continue reading

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Spiritually Flighty

by Aranyakananda This post is titled thusly because given the subject-matter, one may label me as such. For you see, even though I have recently begun identifying as “Smarta with Vaisnav leanings” or some such madness, as opposed to strictly … Continue reading

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Vaisnavaganza: Ayyappa

by Aranyakananda This will be my final entry in this series entitled “Vaisnavaganza”. I had meant it to be a way to learn more about the depths of Vaisnavism and where its belief system came from and I think I … Continue reading

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Vaisnavaganza: Mahavishnu, Garbodakshayi Vishnu, and Ksirodakasayi Vishnu

by Aranyakananda In what I intend to be a series of posts on the many faces of Vishnu, the most logical place to start – the “form” of Vishnu which represents that Singularity which I referred to in the last … Continue reading

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