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Indian Style

When I was in kindergarten, one of the things I remember most clearly aside from the Reading Rocket (a big plastic silo-like structure, black with silver stars on it) was that whenever we were to sit down and listen to … Continue reading

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Vs. III – Reincarnation vs. Rebirth

This one does not hold as much immediate import on a day-to-day basis as the last two posts do as far as I am concerned. Because (1) it has to do with transmigration, a subject that, to most, cannot be … Continue reading

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Yes, Master.

by Aranyakananda Anyone who has been fortunate to find his or her true Satguru in this life will often refer to this person as “Master.” The Master’s word and will becomes as good as Scripture. Master, as in…I don’t know, … Continue reading

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Let Them Be.

by Aranyakananda “If you love a flower, don’t pick it up. Because if you pick it up it dies and it ceases to be what you love. So if you love a flower, let it be. Love is not about … Continue reading

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Maya!

by Aranyakananda Inside my home, where I feel like the real me truly resides, it is quiet. It is peaceful. Just outside my window is a playground. Almost every day on that playground, at some point there is a child … Continue reading

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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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“Use Your Outside Voice.”

by Aranyakananda When it comes down to it, all we really have to rely on is that inner voice that guides us through many a trial. I believe that the inner voice is the voice of the Jnana yogi, but … Continue reading

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The “I” and the “Me”

by Aranyakananda Every so often just a sliver of a memory pops into my head and if I think about it long enough it brings something back that is of value. Yesterday I remembered that when I was early in … Continue reading

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Christmas Mantra

by Aranyakananda For years I have worked in call centers which required me to make hundreds of phone calls per day which were all fairly similar in nature. In short, I’ve worked many very repetitious jobs. In my younger days … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Tilaks

by Aranyakananda The main purpose of the tilak, in my understanding, is not in the wearing but in the act of application. It is to be a meditative practice during which one remembers his own ishta-devata. It is not to … Continue reading

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