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Karma Giveth and Karma Taketh Away

by Aranyakananda Last week I wrote a practically scene-by-scene review of a film called “Enlighten Up” in which a young man who was skeptical of the transformational power of yoga got a very “crash course” in the many facets of … Continue reading

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A Very Thorough Review of the Film “Enlighten Up”

by Aranyakananda This is a review of the film “Enlighten Up”, about the transformational potential of yoga. I will be going through the details of the film and giving my thoughts, so, you know, SPOILER ALERT!, and all that. This … Continue reading

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Dreams on Film

by Aranyakananda Increasingly popular in stating one’s disbelief in a story told, is the phrase “pics or it didn’t happen” or “film or it didn’t happen” or something similar. Basically what is being said is that unless I see evidence … Continue reading

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Tending To My Crop

by Aranyakananda Y’ever seen the movie “Field of Dreams”? Remember toward the end when Ray Kinsella finds out that “Shoeless Joe” Jackson plans to take Terrence Mann out into the cornfield, presumably for a glimpse into the “great beyond” or … Continue reading

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Suryanamaskar and “The Odd Life of Timothy Green”

by Aranyakananda I just watched the strangest movie I’ve seen in a while. Disney’s “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” is what it was called. It is about a married couple who cannot conceive a child. So naturally, they write … Continue reading

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Indiana Jones and the Elusive Concept of “Shankara”

by Aranyakananda Growing up one of my favorite movies was “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.” If you haven’t seen it (has anyone not seen it?) or if it’s been too long for you to recall, I will remind … Continue reading

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“The Life of Pi” and the True Self (For Discussion After You’ve Seen the Movie)

by Aranyakananda For those of you following this blog, I know this is the third movie I have commented on in a dharma context. But I have been extremely fortunate lately in my theater-going choices, and have felt they deserved … Continue reading

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The Dharma of Lincoln

by Aranyakananda My wife and I went to see the anxiously awaited (in my household anyroad) “Lincoln” starring Daniel Day-Lewis in the title role tonight. Long admirers of Day-Lewis’s versatility, long admirers of Lincoln’s strength of character (and let’s face … Continue reading

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Go See “Cloud Atlas”, Do It!

by Aranyakananda   From womb to tomb, we are bound to others, past, and present and by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future.    – Cloud Atlas  My wife and I just saw the new Tom Hanks/Halle … Continue reading

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When Even a False Guru Reveals Truth, How Can You Dismiss Anything Completely?

by Aranyakananda Back in the Spring, before I was writing this blog, I read about a film made about a “false guru” calling himself Kumare. He made the film to see what people would buy into. I was appalled when … Continue reading

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