Tag Archives: Om

Damaru-hasta and Kartari-hasta

by Aranyakananda A couple of interesting things I picked up in my reading on Hindu iconography: There is a hand gesture which has been adopted by fans of heavy metal music as a sign of their love and loyalty to … Continue reading

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Green Tea Cubicle Puja

by Aranyakananda My practice of what I call pujas, at home, is very limited. Even more so since I broke my leg and my range of motion in my devotional space has been stunted. But I do what I can. … 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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Um…ॐ…

by Aranyakananda Upon starting my current day-job back in August, just getting comfortable with the phone calls I was making, I found myself with “a case of the ums” as my supervisor put it. I said “Um” a lot. Eventually … Continue reading

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Vishnu Sahasranamam

by Aranyakananda Every so often a small group gathers at my local temple to recite the 1,000 names of Vishnu. The Vishnu Sahasranamam.  I may not attend this week’s gathering, but I am more now more closely looking into the … Continue reading

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Prema-gita: A Simple Love Song in Hindi, Tagalog and English To My Wife, My First Mantra

Merlinda, maganda Mahal kita My premananda My prema-gita Rough translation: Merlinda, beautiful I love you My loving bliss My love song Yeah…definitely loses something in translation…Hmm…well moving on then: When I first read about meditation about four years ago, it … 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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