Category Archives: addiction

Thoughts on “Indie Spiritualist” by Chris Grosso

by Aranyakananda Many people in this modern age, who are pursuing a spiritual path, when asked how it all began, will cite a moment of clarity. And a desire, a wish to discover “more” to life. Often this desire is … Continue reading

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The Art of Hinduism

by Aranyakananda I passed on Saraswati Puja last night. I just wasn’t feeling up to being in temple last night. I just felt like having a very quiet night. During the afternoon I had re-connected with a friend who is … Continue reading

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Impetuous

by Aranyakananda During meditation, more often than is probably necessary, my “meditation” includes a session in which my mind mulls over and chews up all of the spiritual difficulties I am currently facing. It is neither a “confessional” nor a … Continue reading

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A Book Review, Sorta’, of “Dharma Punx” by Noah Levine

by Aranyakananda I am in the process of reading “Dharma Punx” by Noah Levine upon repeatedly hearing if referenced, mainly by friends of the Buddhist persuasion. From what I understand, Levine seems to be a living guru to many. He … Continue reading

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The Eternal Lenten Season of Yoga

by Aranyakananda Since I am on the theme of my former Catholicism, I would like to say a few things about what I used to call the “40 Day Festival of Avoidance” called Lent. It is kicked off by Ash … Continue reading

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A Blogger’s Wheel of Samsara

by Aranyakananda¬†¬†¬† I referred to “writer’s block” in the last post I wrote. If you follow this blog, you will have noted that I do not have writer’s block. Haven’t for quite some time. Well… the ideas keep coming. How … 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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Nicotene, the “More Money, More Problems” Principle, and Bhagavad-Gita 2:62-63

by Aranyakananda I have been finding so many times in recent weeks that conversations I have with friends/family will show me in real world experience, things that I thought I knew but it turns out I had only read them … Continue reading

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Swearing

by Aranyakananda In one of my last posts, I mentioned thoughts, words and deeds. That post was mostly about thoughts and deeds, and words really didn’t play into it. But this one, the third and final in a series of … Continue reading

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How the Highway and Miscommunications Play Into My Personal Dharma

by Aranyakananda Every time I start a new job it seems that the old specter of caffeine consumption shows its ugly face again. I came into Hinduism realizing that my present life brings with it several specific dharmas. One of … Continue reading

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