Category Archives: Diwali

Holiday Yoga

by Aranyakananda From the week of Thanksgiving, all the way through Christmas, one hears the word “stress” increasingly creeping into every day interaction. That is how it is in the U.S. anyway. That is all I know. I don’t know … Continue reading

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My Diwali Light For 2013

by Aranyakananda Over the weekend my temple held Lakshmi puja along with fireworks to celebrate Diwali. My wife and I were out of town to visit a friend who had recently received a rather grave medical diagnosis and prognosis. A … Continue reading

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An Internal Debate Regarding PTO on Hindu Holidays.

by Aranyakananda I took Monday, October 14th off from work. I’d casually mentioned it to my mother that I had off that day and she asked me why later. I told her it was because of Canadian Thanksgiving (my wife … 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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My First Holi Experience

by Aranyakananda Normally Holi Colors is played by mixing the color powder with water. Participants squirt each other with water guns. Today we did not need to do that. It was raining most of the afternoon so we just took … Continue reading

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Two Festivals of Light

by Aranyakananda People (like me) like to see coincidences between two religions and see Oneness. It is a key characteristic of Sanatana Dharma, I think. So I wanted to believe that the Diwali and Hanukkah both being referred to as … Continue reading

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Diwali Fallout

by Aranyakananda Wednesday night, heading into the early hours of Thursday, the last day of Diwali,  I was sick. I could not stop coughing, sneezing and sniffling. So at nearly 2 a.m. I got up to have a cup of … Continue reading

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