Monthly Archives: March 2014

On Being Enlightened vs. Being Self-Realized

by Aranyakananda I was asked the other day if there is a difference between being “enlightened” and being “Self-realized”/”Self-actualized” whichever you prefer. And if so, is it wrong to say “I am enlightened.” Let me deal with the second question … Continue reading

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The Hamburg Beatles and a Meditation on Karma

by Aranyakananda I find inspiration in the strangest places. I think all of us must at one point or another. I think I’ve mentioned a time or 15 that I am a fan of the Beatles. At work, along with … Continue reading

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It

by Aranyakananda Have you ever noticed that when precipitation falls from the sky, we say “it is raining” or “it is snowing”? We could, if we had time to lollygag, say “precipitation is falling from the sky”. We certainly don’t … Continue reading

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Holi, High.

by Aranyakananda I have never taken part in Holi while high on cannabis. Am I being a prude? It would appear so by a simple survey of the news stories marking Holi that I have seen, that Holi is not … Continue reading

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Confession

by Aranyakananda I am about to get a little Catholic on you all. I’ve been thinking lately about the Catholic sacrament of confession. Several days ago, on my Facebook page I asked my friends what was one thing that they … Continue reading

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Karma Giveth and Karma Taketh Away

by Aranyakananda Last week I wrote a practically scene-by-scene review of a film called “Enlighten Up” in which a young man who was skeptical of the transformational power of yoga got a very “crash course” in the many facets of … Continue reading

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Holi Hai!…But Why?

by Aranyakananda I cannot just not write about Holi. I did so last year, I think maybe as many as three posts all Holi and Holika Dahan considered. But as far as Holi, I only wrote about Nrsimha, and Prahlada. … Continue reading

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Humility on the Grandest Scale

by Aranyakananda Did you know the water god Varuna manifested as fluid in the bladder of a demon? It’s true. Well, it’s myth, but you get what I’m saying. The infamous asura king, Ravana had obtained certain auspicious powers by … Continue reading

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Manasa-tirthas

by Aranyakananda I left off in my last post discussing how the sacred can be found anywhere. Wherever you go, there you are.” Same thing. It is a recurring theme with me lately, it seems wherever I go, this subject … Continue reading

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In Proximity of the Gods

by Aranyakananda I will never forget that the moment I began to see Hinduism as the path I wanted to pursue, I was reading a book by Neil Gaiman called “American Gods.” That being the case, it astounds me that … Continue reading

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