Monthly Archives: October 2012

Re-Thinking Halloween

by Aranyakananda Halloween comes out of a rich tradition in the Celtic world in which the religion was one very much of the natural, physical world. In that world, ghosts, goblins etc. were feared, and certain observances were undertaken to keep the dead, well…dead. Such as … Continue reading

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Go See “Cloud Atlas”, Do It!

by Aranyakananda   From womb to tomb, we are bound to others, past, and present and by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future.    – Cloud Atlas  My wife and I just saw the new Tom Hanks/Halle … Continue reading

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“A Compilation of Mini-Biographies of Various Yogis”

by Aranyakananda         It brings me happiness to write about the words of Yogananda, but I don’t think that I could ever, or would ever want to do a true review of his work, as I don’t feel like I could do … Continue reading

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Neti, Neti…Yeti?

by Aranyakananda Having recently realized that I almost never mention Lord Rama on this weblog, I have been reviewing the Ramayana and reading about the different scriptures in which Hanuman, the devotee of Rama, appears. I have always been interested … Continue reading

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Yogananda’s “Boatman” Among Us

by Aranyakananda Paramahansa Yogananda wrote a poem called “God’s Boatman” which is of infinite importance (literally). In the poem, the Guru-ji expressed his desire – a purely benevolent, altruistic, sattwic desire, mind you – to be freed from the shackles … Continue reading

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My Temple’s Newsletter Is Coming Back, So I’ve Heard

by Aranyakananda The long-awaited news arrived to my ears last night that my Temple is bringing back its monthly newsletter, after an extended silence. It has been close to two years since it went on hiatus. I am happy because … Continue reading

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ॐ, Gee!

by Aranyakananda I am kind of on a roll with a series of posts I have decided to unofficially refer to as “the Why Album.” Because Each has answered a “Why” of my own spiritual path. No one needs pay … Continue reading

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