Category Archives: Saivism

A Vaisnavical Curiosity

by Aranyakananda My wife and I just opened some Christmas packages that we received from family who live far away. One of mine was a pendant of Lord Vishnu with Adishesha overhead. The curious part is that in the Lord’s … 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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I’ve Never Been So Happy To See A Dead Bird In My Life

by Aranyakananda Whilst on a little saunter that I took this morning, I rolled down the sidewalk, on the street where I live. I happened to glance into the street and saw what appeared to be a crow (?) but … Continue reading

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Sri Vaisnavism, etc.

by Aranyakananda There are four main sects of Vaisnavism. A good bit of what I covered in my recent “Vaisnavaganza” series related to the Gaudiya Vaisnavism of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, which is an off-shoot of the Brahma Sampradaya of Madhva. … Continue reading

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Vaisnavaganza: Adishesha

by Aranyakananda The next “face of Vishnu” is not necessarily a “face of Vishnu” at all, though He is considered to be an avatar of either Mahavishnu or Narayana, depending on who you ask. As such, He is said to … Continue reading

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Vaisnavaganza: Ganga Devi

by Aranyakananda Not a manifestation of, or an avatar of Vishnu, but still holding a rightful place in the Vaisnav-theon, is Ganga Devi. You see Ganga Devi, manifesting on our Earth as the River Ganges, flowed from the feet of … 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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I Was a Brahmanist Jnani Yogi

by Aranyakananda My temple currently resides in a former church. We are raising money to build our own new proper temple. Within a couple of years, the Murtis will be installed in a proper home, I am sure. It is … Continue reading

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Simplified Hinduism?

by Aranyakananda I would not have written this post had I not heard no fewer than three Indian Hindus say that they felt that Hinduism is “too complex” and “has too many Gods.” I myself have noted the similarities amongst … Continue reading

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How to Give Obiesance to 330 Million Gods Every Day.

by Aranyakananda And now for something completely different: It is said that there are 330 million gods in Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism). The Vedas mention 33, or 33 groups of them, but then the word for “groups” is the same word … Continue reading

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