Category Archives: Ramayana

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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James Cameron’s “Mahabharata” – The Blockbuster of the Kali Yuga

by Aranyakananda As I said in the last post, I’ve been reading quite a bit on the Mahabharata. As I was reading tonight, I commented to my wife that I could envision an updated version of the epic, possibly created … 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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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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Sri Potato Head

by Aranyakananda Though I did not grow up in Indian culture nor am I of Indian ancestry, I try to be respectful and even protective of the culture which I have grown a little closer to over the last few … Continue reading

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“Where Have All The Vaishnavs Gone?” or “Vaishnavism in a Skeptic Age”

by Aranyakananda It seems to me that most Vaisnavs are devotees of a particular manifestation of Vishnu. Namely Rama or Krishna. Most Vaisnavs are really “Kraishnavs” or “Ramites.” Shiva has His own avatars but most Shaivites I know worship Shiva … Continue reading

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Neti, Neti Part IV – The Avatars of Vishnu

by Aranyakananda In the last post I made the point that Krishna walked the Earth. To many this is not a point of contention, nor is it to me. Much evidence has been brought to show that Krishna, and even … 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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