Monthly Archives: June 2012

Gurupurnima, My Hopes For My 33rd Year, and a “Supernatural” Event

by Aranyakananda When I first embarked on my spiritual quest, I believe that because I was first opening my eyes to what was “there” I may have had experiences around that time that I would not otherwise have had. I … Continue reading

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The New Thought Movement vs. Ancient Vedic Wisdom

by Aranyakananda I visited my local Barnes and Noble the other day, and I made a couple of observations on a situation I have been monitoring over the last couple of years. First, they continue to shelve things inconsistently/incorrectly. Judaism, … Continue reading

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“Trust”, or “Be The Change You Want To See In The World, Part 2

by Aranyakananda In my last post, I posed a non-rhetorical question, something like: “What is it about human nature that makes us think that the concept of changing oneself to change the world is idealistic/naive?” I did receive a thoughtful … Continue reading

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“Be The Change You Want To See In the World” – “Be” Being the Operative Word

by Aranyakananda Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi said “Be the change you want to see in the world.” Because Gandhi-ji’s was a life that defined karma yoga, it is often assumed that by saying this, the great activist was advocating the outward … Continue reading

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Hinduism and Hippies. What’s the Deal?

by Aranyakananda Though Americans have been interested in Hinduism ever since the time of Henry David Thoreau’s Walden was published in 1854, and took well to the message of Swami Vivekananda in the 1890s and Paramahansa Yogananda in the first … Continue reading

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On Becoming the Perfect Entity

by Aranyakananda I used to think that the meaning of life was to become the perfect entity. And so I used to take life a little too seriously. I think I got that notion from a line in a song … Continue reading

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The Stigmata of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu

by Aranyakananda Over the past few days, a bright red dot – likely an allergic reaction to something – has developed just above the bridge of my nose, between my eyes. Looks like a tilak, the sandalwood paste marking worn … Continue reading

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It’s a Free Country Inside

by Aranyakananda Being that Filipino Independence Day is tomorrow, and Canada Day comes a few days before my own U.S. Independence Day in the coming weeks (I have family ties to the Philippines, Canada and the U.S.) I thought I’d … Continue reading

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How to Turn Your Mustache Into a Devotional Activity

by Aranyakananda I informed my friends and family through Facebook tonight, just for laughs, that I intended to grow a handlebar mustache. One of those ‘staches that you wax up on the tips and curl it round and round like … Continue reading

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Bhagavad-Gita From Two Angles

by Aranyakananda It is interesting to me how the Bhagavad-Gita can hold so many different meanings, can lead to different aspects of the truth, when looked at from differing perspectives. I just want to write about one example. The Kurukshetra … Continue reading

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