Monthly Archives: September 2012

Pizza Party Ahimsa

by Aranyakananda, Like a good many Hindus I am a vegetarian. I try to observe the principle of ahimsa in its many forms, and non-meat-eating, for me, is one of them. So whenever there is a “pizza party” I put … Continue reading

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A Short Anecdote About Radha and the Music of Sri Krishna

by Aranyakananda Every so often during my weekly visits to my temple for Bhagavad-Gita discussion group, I hear a story that a) I had never heard before, or b) I had heard but forgotten. This dharma is so vast in … 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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Sorry Packers Fans, There Is No Such Thing As A “Blown Call”

by Aranyakananda As everyone who follows what North Americans call football has seen by now, there was a very controversial call by replacement referees at the end of the game between the Packers and the Seahawks last night. A “Hail … Continue reading

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Sanatana Dharma: It Is Not About Proselytizing But Not Laissez Faire Spiritualism Either.

by Aranyakananda Christianity tells its devotees that one must preach the Word of Jesus Christ. The Bhagavad-Gita tells us that “the wise must not unsettle” those “bewildered by the modes of material nature (Gita Chapter 3, Slokum 29). Direct contradiction, … Continue reading

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Even If You Can Do Anything, You Don’t Have To

by Aranyakananda Yesterday something came through my Facebook feed that interested me. That hardly ever happens so I am writing about it. It was one of those things that are all over Facebook, called “Your e-cards” from “someecards.com.” It’s usually … 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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