Category Archives: Rama

A Pure Reflection of the True Spirit of Sanatana Dharma/Personality of God-head vs. Impersonal Brahman

by Aranyakananda “Truth is one. Sages call it by many names” This being my 200th post on this weblog, I’d like to get back to a focus on Vishnu and Vaisnavism. In doing so, in these next several posts I … Continue reading

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Neti, Neti, Neither or Both?

by Aranyakananda I don’t often write an entire post announcing posts which have not been written, but, well I just felt like it tonight. Coming soon, in a series of three (or maybe four, I’m not too sure) posts, I … Continue reading

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Know a Yogi II – Rajarsi Janakananda

by Aranyakananda James J. Lynn (later to be given the name Rajarsi Janakananda by Paramahansa Yogananda) was an oil man. He made millions of dollars. But all the money he made was not enough. He had it all, but perhaps … Continue reading

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Mithya

by Aranyakananda Maya is a word I use on this blog often. It means unreal, or illusory. Another word for maya is mithya. As Sanskrit is the root of many currently spoken languages, it should not be shocking to find … Continue reading

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How Material Gifts Are Like An Avatar of Vishnu

by Aranyakananda In Part 2 of a series I am calling “Deep Thoughts (Except Not Really)” I’d like to talk about gift-giving. Christmas is over, but occasions for gives are ever-looming. Anniversaries, birthdays, Valentine’s Day, graduations, baptisms, etcetera ad infinitum. … 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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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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Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare

by Aranyakananda It is said that one can brighten up one’s immediate environment by reciting the Mahamantra, or the Hare Krishna Mantra. I have been trying to do 108 repetitions each day and each night on mala beads, and I … Continue reading

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A Little Slice of Life Inside My Household During Diwali

by Aranyakananda Me (to my wife): “I want you to know, dear – and you can look this up, it is a verifiable fact – that today is the second day of Diwali  and part of the tradition on the … Continue reading

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Neti, Neti…Yeti?

by Aranyakananda Having recently realized that I almost never mention Lord Rama on this weblog, I have been reviewing the Ramayana and reading about the different scriptures in which Hanuman, the devotee of Rama, appears. I have always been interested … Continue reading

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