Category Archives: satsang

Thoughts on “Indie Spiritualist” by Chris Grosso

by Aranyakananda Many people in this modern age, who are pursuing a spiritual path, when asked how it all began, will cite a moment of clarity. And a desire, a wish to discover “more” to life. Often this desire is … Continue reading

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Holi Colors as Abhishekam

by Aranyakananda I know I am several weeks late on this. And I also know that shortly after Holi I made a “solemn oath” not to write about Holi anymore this year. But being that nobody’s life is in danger … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Tilaks

by Aranyakananda The main purpose of the tilak, in my understanding, is not in the wearing but in the act of application. It is to be a meditative practice during which one remembers his own ishta-devata. It is not to … 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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Shanti x 3

by Aranyakananda Today I was fortunate to be able to view a live feed of a discourse given by Swami Vidyadhishananda which he gave on the topic of the Taittiriya Upanishad. It is one of the primary Upanishads from the … Continue reading

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My First Holi Experience

by Aranyakananda Normally Holi Colors is played by mixing the color powder with water. Participants squirt each other with water guns. Today we did not need to do that. It was raining most of the afternoon so we just took … Continue reading

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Sri Vishnu Ashtottara Shatanaamavali w/ a Short Interlude

by Aranyakananda Today, to kick off the belated Holi festivities at my local Temple, our priest performed Lakshmi Puja and Narayana Puja. He chanted the 108 names of Vishnu after which we returned with “Aum Namo Narayanaya” to confirm that … Continue reading

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