Category Archives: faith

“Through him, She…”

I am finally reading the “Gospel of Ramakrishna” which I picked up over the summer. Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa was a Sanatana Dharmist in the truest sense I can think of. He tested every path for himself: From Daulism to Advaita, … Continue reading

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Mind…Blown…Maybe

I was watching an episode of my new favorite show, “Global Spirit” over the weekend, I think it was the one with Karen Armstrong in it. She said that the word “believe” in the context of the New Testament originally … Continue reading

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Illegal Atheists

by Aranyakananda The world is a funny, funny place. It appears that in Saudi Arabia it is now illegal to be an atheist. In fact atheism is equated with terrorism. It is not illegal for an atheist to enter the … Continue reading

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Blucky

by Aranyakananda …and speaking of luck, per the last post on this blog, last night I was in Hobby Lobby (a place so very Christian in reputation that I was worried I would burst into flames just walking in) and … Continue reading

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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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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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