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Swami Anantananda Giri
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Strangers passing in the street - by chance two separate glances meet - and I am you and what I see is me.
Strangers passing in the street - by chance two separate glances meet - and I am you and what I see is me.

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Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra
This is one of the most popular and powerful of all of the Vedic mantras.  It calls upon Lord Shiva, "the Three-eyed God," to grant protection, abundance, and enlightenment to the devotee.  I have put together a short video to help facilitate the chanting o...

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The Cecil the Lion issue happening in the news has had a predictably polarizing effect.  Here's what this swami thinks.  Below I quote a Facebook friend who prompted me to address the issue: I don't understand the desire to kill an animal for sport. It's no...

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Swami Anantananda Giri commented on a post on Blogger.
Your point that the relationship between GMO crops and monoculture isn't a causal one makes sense.  Yes, more crop rotation would be an improvement.  I am not sold, though, on your assertion that monoculture isn't a relevant issue.  While it may limit the capacity for mechanization, I would argue that the benefits of polyculture outweigh that drawback.  A well-designed and diverse polyculture, for example, can insure against crop failure, natural pest control systems can be designed into the system as a whole, and herbicides become unnecessary when design is correctly applied, because every niche is occupied with intentionally placed and desired species before undesired ones can become established.  

Going back the the mechanization issue, many civilizations utilized both complex polycultures and technological innovations that streamlined harvesting, etc. Monoculture, and all the baggage that carries with it, absolutely is a relevant issue - maybe not in the context of a discussion of GMOs, but definitely in the context of best land use practices.  Just because our blind race to hyper-industrialization has favored such an oversimplification and a lack of imagination, doesn't mean that the conversation should just be shut down at, "Well, it doesn't work with the machines we've got."

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The Authoritative Guru Gita Book Release
I am very pleased to announce that The Authoritative Guru Gita of H.H. Mahamandaleshwar Paramahamsa Swarupananda Vishwa Guru Maharaj is now available for purchase! Sanatana Dharma (AKA Hinduism) is founded upon the Guru-disciple relationship. The Guru Gita ...

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Chanting of the Ganapati Atharvashirsha
I chanted the Ganapati Atharvashirsha and set it to photos I took of the various murthis of Lord Ganesha at the ashram of my Guru, Mahamandaleshwar Swarupananda.  The Ganapati Atharvashirsha is Vedic hymn.  More specifically, it is an Upanishad.  It contain...

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Swami Anantananda Giri @ 2014 Olympia Sync Summit
Here is the video of my presentation for the 2014 Olympia Sync Summit. Much thanks to Alan Green, Sync Book Press, and everybody associated with the event for all their hard work making
the event possible, producing all these great videos, and for
partic...

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Do Good Deeds Go Unpunished?
I am concerned with the frequency that I hear people asking this question or echoing the sentiment that it is somehow detrimental to do good things in the world.  I'm going on the record to call B.S.  Do you want to know what I hear whenever someone says th...

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Sampradayam Synchronicity
Before coming to the tradition that I now belong to, I had a dream.  The dreamscape was entirely blank except for an elephant-headed deity sitting in the lotus posture.  My first instinct was to identify him as Ganesh.  However, this deity had five heads, s...
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