Monthly Archives: August 2012

Rally Up the Demons of Your Soul

by Aranyakananda In the summer of 2009, when I was in the midst of an epic journey of discovery through the writings and talks of Paramhansa Yogananda and the Bhagavad-gita, my favorite currently functioning band since I was 16, Green … Continue reading

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An American Hunter Caste, the NRA, and -ism, -ism, ism!

by Aranyakananda Hinduism, with it’s many schools of thought (Sankhya, Yoga,    Vedanta, etc.) provide a variety of opinions on violence.  I will not get into them as there scope is well beyond the subject I intend to get to in … Continue reading

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In An Apocalyptic World Where Thoughts Reign Supreme…

by Aranyakananda Mohandes K. Gandhi-ji said “happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” A wonderful and simple, yet somehow often extremely difficult path to follow. Most of us fool ourselves into believing … Continue reading

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The Purpose of Atheism

by Aranyakananda Having stated in my last post that I am a supporter of pluralism, especially when it comes to spiritual matters, I feel it is the appropriate time to address something. Atheism. And right up-front I want to distinguish … Continue reading

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The Chosen Path of Alexander Hamilton vs. the Pluralism of Ralph Waldo Emerson

by Aranyakananda There are two objects between which the mind vibrates like a pendulum; one, the desire of Truth; the other, the desire of Repose. He in whom the love of Repose predominates will accept the first creed he meets…he … 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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Swearing

by Aranyakananda In one of my last posts, I mentioned thoughts, words and deeds. That post was mostly about thoughts and deeds, and words really didn’t play into it. But this one, the third and final in a series of … Continue reading

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How the Highway and Miscommunications Play Into My Personal Dharma

by Aranyakananda Every time I start a new job it seems that the old specter of caffeine consumption shows its ugly face again. I came into Hinduism realizing that my present life brings with it several specific dharmas. One of … Continue reading

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I Dream of Carnivory

by Aranyakananda A couple of nights ago I dreamed that I was at a restaurant from my home town that I probably wouldn’t eat at in reality even if threatened. In the dream, I ordered a bacon-cheeseburger. They told me they’d run … Continue reading

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My Reaction to the Bhagavad-Gita is “Obviously…”

by Aranyakananda            I was reading my current preferred commentary on the Bhagavad-Gita recently, sitting alone kind of speaking the words out loud as I went along. the scripture itself to me seems without fail in reason. But it was the commentary … Continue reading

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