Category Archives: Srimad-Bhagavatam

A Whole Lotta Mahabharata

by Aranyakananda I am on a bit of a Mahabharata binge right now. Make ready. Not too long ago I wrote on the concept of “fear of God” and how figures in the Mahabharata such as Kamsa, Krisha’s uncle achieved … 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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The God-Fearing Kamsa

by Aranyakananda One of the most repugnant concepts to me, in all realms of all things religious, has always been the idea of “the fear of GOD.” Being a “God-fearing man”. I have never in my life feared GOD. Maybe … Continue reading

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A Book Review, Sorta’, of “Dharma Punx” by Noah Levine

by Aranyakananda I am in the process of reading “Dharma Punx” by Noah Levine upon repeatedly hearing if referenced, mainly by friends of the Buddhist persuasion. From what I understand, Levine seems to be a living guru to many. He … 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: Chaitanya Mahaprabhu/Radha Krishna

by Aranyakananda Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was a reincarnation of Krishna, not considered a direct avatar of Vishnu, but for all intents and purposes, the very same, I would say. Since at the end of my last post I touched on the … Continue reading

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Vaisnavaganza: Beyond the Dashavatar – the 14 Other Avatars of Vishnu

by Aranyakananda The commonly accepted list of Avatars of Vishnu includes 9, with the tenth, Kalki yet to come. This list of ten is called Dashavatar. But the Bhagavata Purana and other scriptures list 14 more avatars of Vishnu, for … Continue reading

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Vaisnavaganza

by Aranyakananda In a recent post I wrote about Vaisnavism, and Hinduism in general in the Kali Yuga. In doing so, I considered the form of Vishnu which is prescribed for devotion in the Kali Yuga, that of Venkateswara, or … 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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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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