Monthly Archives: May 2013

Reflections on Ganesha Abhishekam 2013

by Aranyakananda My local temple held Ganesha Abhishekam last night. My grandfather just passed away two nights before this, and so I took this Abhishekam as a sacred opportunity to remove some of the obstacles between my grandfather and moksha. … Continue reading

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Fruition

By Aranyakananda As a practitioner of the life-teachings taught within the slokas of the Bhagavad-Gita, I am in some small way averse to the concept of wishing for things coming to “fruition” in some ways. Why should we be? Fruition … Continue reading

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A Story About The Day I Proposed To My Wife.

by Aranyakananda Today is the 9th anniversary of the day I married my wife. It is not the anniversary of the day I proposed to her, but to mark today’s milestone I’d like to tell a story about that day … Continue reading

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Sacred Garbage

by Aranyakananda Beginning the process of eliminating the amount of “stuff” we have, which will in turn lead to the packing process for moving out and into a new apartment has pointed out to me an interesting aspect of my … Continue reading

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Teleyoga

by Aranyakananda I spoke on the phone one night last week with a guy who I’ve been friends with for about 17 years. We talked for well over two hours. He is my longest-lasting friendship. We are very different and … Continue reading

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Dharma Nightmare

by Aranyakananda Last night I had a horrific nightmare that was basically just a rehashing of a very emotionally wrenching discussion I had with a loved one not long ago. Except in the dream it was multiplied – nay, amplified! … Continue reading

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Sthaanunivassthan

by Aranyakananda Some time ago a co-worker and I were comparing horror stories about our respective living arrangements. He seemed much more depressed about his “situation” than I. Maybe it is because I am moving soon. At any rate, you … Continue reading

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