Category Archives: Vedic culture

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When I was in kindergarten, one of the things I remember most clearly aside from the Reading Rocket (a big plastic silo-like structure, black with silver stars on it) was that whenever we were to sit down and listen to … Continue reading

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The Sacred Architecture of the Vastu Shastra

by Aranyakananda My father is a home builder. With his birthday having just passed when I started working on this post, and having visited my parents beforehand to take them both out for dinner, naturally I have been thinking about … Continue reading

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Czech Out What’s Going On in Europe

by Aranyakananda Okay that was an awful pun. But I stand by it. But, moving on: In the most recent issue of Hinduism Today the editors take us on a tour of some of the hotspots in the Hindu diaspora … Continue reading

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The Art of Hinduism

by Aranyakananda I passed on Saraswati Puja last night. I just wasn’t feeling up to being in temple last night. I just felt like having a very quiet night. During the afternoon I had re-connected with a friend who is … 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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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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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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