Category Archives: Rama

Multi-Tasking Media Murtis

by Aranyakananda You know what really grinds my gears? Has anyone noticed the sharp increase in advertisements in magazines and online wherein multi-tasking is illustrated by a human form with multiple arms each holding a different object? Does it look … Continue reading

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Quod est Necessarium est Licitum

by Aranyakananda Most of the Latin I have learned has been from Dr. Sheldon Cooper of “The Big Bang Theory.” Having said that, I’d like to followup an earlier post which I titled “Reductio Ad Absurdum” with another piece on … 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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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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If God Had a Face

by Aranyakananda When I was in my teens, I recall once sitting in my family’s living room where the telly was tuned into MTV, and Joan Osborne’s song “One of Us” was playing. I recall telling my mom that I … 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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Hanuman and Harihara

by Aranyakananda Hanuman is said to be a reminder that everything in the world is out of our control and the mind is the only thing that we can control. Meditators call the difficulty of maintaining focus “monkey mind”. Indeed … Continue reading

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