Monthly Archives: July 2015

Trappings

In one of the latest posts on this weblog, the word “trappings” was used simply in reference to something that comes along with another something. Sort of to say it’s just a package deal. I was amused to find that … Continue reading

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“Did You Happen To Notice Where the Vaisnav Temple Is In Town, By Chance?”

In “The Catcher in the Rye” Holden Caulfield tells of a classmate he’d had who casually asked upon first meeting him “Did you happen to notice where the Catholic church is in town?” and how that was clearly this kid’s … Continue reading

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Misnomered

You may have read a few posts back I wrote about not using the nom de plume “Aranyakananda” anymore. In response to that post I received a comment from a friend who pointed out that people who change their name … Continue reading

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At a Balaji Abhishekam in Minnesota in 2015

Today I attended Balaji Abhishekam with my wife. She’d been expressing interest in dipping her toe in the waters, as it were, at the temple I go to, and today she said she’d go with me. Only after she expressed … Continue reading

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Out of the Ether

I am the type of person that tends to take people’s word on things in many ways. So a few days ago I surprised myself when I went into a session with a psychic with a sense of intrigue and … Continue reading

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Aranyakananda

If you are a close follower of this blog, and pay attention to detail, you’ll notice that unlike every other post, the last two, and this one, do not include the byline “by Aranyakananda” at the top. For one thing, … Continue reading

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Sita Ram

I mentioned in a recent post about a trip my wife and I took to visit friends in Indiana, how while visiting a temple one of our friends asked my wife (who I described as a “cautious seeker”) to go … Continue reading

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Eat It With Your Mouth

by Aranyakananda My friend referred to in the last post has a handful of verbal eccentricities. In short, he’s an unusual bloke in the best possible way. One thing that stands out is that when he offers you a piece … Continue reading

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Vinayeshwar

by Aranyakananda My wife and I just spent a good part of the last week in the Indianapolis area with two dear friends of ours. I became acquainted with one of them through this very weblog in the spring of … Continue reading

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