Category Archives: Sri Yukteswar Giri

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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The Harvard University Kumbh Mela Project

by Aranyakananda A friend came up to me today and asked me if I was going to the Kumbh Mela this year. I laughed and said no. “Why not?” he asked. “Because it’s 8,000 miles away.” Good reason. But ever … Continue reading

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Know a Yogi III – Sri Swami Lahiri Mahasaya (Disciple of Mahavatar Babaji)

by Aranyakananda Paramahansa Yogananda is often called the “Father of Yoga In the West.” And Swami Vivekananda came to America 30 years before him. But yoga in the Western world was all foreseen by Yogananda’s guru’s guru, Lahiri Mahasaya. In … 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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“My India” by Swami Yogananda-ji

by Aranyakananda Recently I changed my Facebook profile pic. On the new image, over my left shoulder is almost complete and utter darkness except for a few reflections off of shiny things hidden in said darkness. Over my right is … Continue reading

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“A Compilation of Mini-Biographies of Various Yogis”

by Aranyakananda         It brings me happiness to write about the words of Yogananda, but I don’t think that I could ever, or would ever want to do a true review of his work, as I don’t feel like I could do … Continue reading

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Yogananda’s “Boatman” Among Us

by Aranyakananda Paramahansa Yogananda wrote a poem called “God’s Boatman” which is of infinite importance (literally). In the poem, the Guru-ji expressed his desire – a purely benevolent, altruistic, sattwic desire, mind you – to be freed from the shackles … Continue reading

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