Tag Archives: Shiva

The TGIF Retraction

by Aranyakananda “TGIF” has long been an expression that’s given me a giggle, and cause for reflection, as you’ve seen once or twice if you’ve followed this weblog. This morning my wife gave me yet another reason to reflect on … Continue reading

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Humility on the Grandest Scale

by Aranyakananda Did you know the water god Varuna manifested as fluid in the bladder of a demon? It’s true. Well, it’s myth, but you get what I’m saying. The infamous asura king, Ravana had obtained certain auspicious powers by … Continue reading

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In Proximity of the Gods

by Aranyakananda I will never forget that the moment I began to see Hinduism as the path I wanted to pursue, I was reading a book by Neil Gaiman called “American Gods.” That being the case, it astounds me that … Continue reading

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A Vaisnavical Curiosity

by Aranyakananda My wife and I just opened some Christmas packages that we received from family who live far away. One of mine was a pendant of Lord Vishnu with Adishesha overhead. The curious part is that in the Lord’s … Continue reading

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On the Winter Solstice and the Gita

by Aranyakananda As usual lately, I am a little late to the party on certain subjects when it comes to blogging. But yesterday was the Winter Solstice. The beginning of winter, yet it marks the day when daylight hours begins … Continue reading

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Vaisnavaganza: Adishesha

by Aranyakananda The next “face of Vishnu” is not necessarily a “face of Vishnu” at all, though He is considered to be an avatar of either Mahavishnu or Narayana, depending on who you ask. As such, He is said to … 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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A Pure Reflection of the True Spirit of Sanatana Dharma/Personality of God-head vs. Impersonal Brahman

by Aranyakananda “Truth is one. Sages call it by many names” This being my 200th post on this weblog, I’d like to get back to a focus on Vishnu and Vaisnavism. In doing so, in these next several posts I … Continue reading

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Aum Ganeshaya, Aum Vaishnave, Aum Shivaya!

by Aranyakananda As Ganesha Chaturthi is upon us, I again find myself doing a re-evaluation of the nature of God. I tend to think of all the different Ishta Devatas as aspects of one GOD rather than a system whereby … Continue reading

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Recollections From Deepavali 2011

by Aranyakananda Since my friends and I will be watching Swami Vidyadhishananda give his Mahashivratri message next Saturday, I thought I’d post an account of an experience I had while watching Swami V give his Deepavali message last year. It … Continue reading

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