Category Archives: Upanishads

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by Aranyakananda “Auspicious” is a word that I never heard until I began reading Hindu texts and commentaries on said documents. “Inauspicious” was a word I was familiar with, oddly enough. But I had never heard anyone employ its opposite, … Continue reading

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by Aranyakananda Have you ever noticed that when precipitation falls from the sky, we say “it is raining” or “it is snowing”? We could, if we had time to lollygag, say “precipitation is falling from the sky”. We certainly don’t … Continue reading

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Daily Affirmations – Aham Brahmasmi

by Aranyakananda One can wake up in the morning and chant the mantra “Aham Brahmasmi” – “I am Brahman” and whether they believe it or not does not matter a whit. It is true whether they believe it or not. … Continue reading

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A Suggestion for Gurupurnima 2013

by Aranyakananda While pondering my bookshelf last night, it occurred to me that I am likely not alone in having a large collection of books that goes unread. I am definitely not alone in being a seeker of Sanatana Dharma … 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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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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Beyond the Blog: “The Doer” (God or Ego?)

by Aranyakananda I have recently been trying to think of something to write for my local Temple’s newsletter. It is usually full of items of interest to the local Indian community, or Indian History, analysis of Hindu mythology or scripture. … 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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A Little Slice of Life Inside My Household During Diwali

by Aranyakananda Me (to my wife): “I want you to know, dear – and you can look this up, it is a verifiable fact – that today is the second day of Diwali¬† and part of the tradition on the … Continue reading

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I’ve Quietly Become a Religious Zealot!

by Aranyakananda We’ve all met “one of those people”. They carry their Bible around with them everywhere. They quote their pastor in every conversation. They might even have an image of Jesus Christ as their desktop on their computer. Certainly … Continue reading

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