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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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Authorit(ativ)erian

by Aranyakananda In my last post I wrote a bit about certain observances going “against dharma.” It was all about the duty of a householder to maintain a source of income, employment. In explaining this concept, I brought up the … Continue reading

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Dharma Dream

by Aranyakananda I fall asleep during movies a lot. Even when I’ve just slept until 11am, and it is only mid-afternoon the same day. Recently I was sitting at home one Sunday afternoon watching a movie. We’d just had a … 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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Crossing My Eyes

by Aranyakananda Whenever someone asks me to cross my fingers, I have to be honest. If you’ve read this blog enough, you’ll know I am not “superstitious” in the conventional sense. Many consider religion, faith, prayer, etc., to be superstition … 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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Declaring “Happy Time!”

by Aranyakananda A dear friend of mine has taken up the practice of declaring that it is time for a “Happy Moment” on Facebook posts. It is at these moments, or whenever his friends read these posts, when we are … Continue reading

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Vaisnavaganza: Prithvi Devi, Mother Nature

by Aranyakananda In a recent post, I described Vishnu’s descent into the material world as Prithu. According to this myth, the Earth had gone barren and Prithu was going to destroy it, possibly to start over. But the Earth turned … 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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How to Survive the Kali Yuga

by Aranyakananda I have not always been, nor am I now, clear on what yuga or phase of creation and destruction we are currently in. Since most agree that the Kali Yuga begun in 3102 B.C. while Krishna walked the … Continue reading

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