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Sita Ram

I mentioned in a recent post about a trip my wife and I took to visit friends in Indiana, how while visiting a temple one of our friends asked my wife (who I described as a “cautious seeker”) to go … Continue reading

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Vaisnavaganza: Ayyappa

by Aranyakananda This will be my final entry in this series entitled “Vaisnavaganza”. I had meant it to be a way to learn more about the depths of Vaisnavism and where its belief system came from and I think I … Continue reading

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“Now Go Further”

by Aranyakananda Without at all being mindful that Navratri was imminent, I recently checked out a book on Swami Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, the guru of Swami Vivekananda. Ramakrishna, the “God-Intoxicated” devotee of the Divine Mother Kali implored his students “You are … Continue reading

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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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If God Had a Face

by Aranyakananda When I was in my teens, I recall once sitting in my family’s living room where the telly was tuned into MTV, and Joan Osborne’s song “One of Us” was playing. I recall telling my mom that I … Continue reading

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Vacation Dharma

by Aranyakananda Going on vacation to visit family, one tends to expect drama. I did when my wife and I visited her family in Winnipeg last week, but instead I got dharma. Dharma seemed to follow us wherever we went. … Continue reading

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Another Good Bit From Kriyananda’s Yogananda Biography

by Aranyakananda One of the best things I took away from Swami Kriyananda’s new biography of Paramhansa Yogananda has nothing to do with Yogananda. But it is a good bit for anyone who is unfamiliar with Hinduism who wants to … Continue reading

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