Category Archives: forgiveness

Would You Rather…

by Aranyakananda A good friend of mine died in January. From time to time I get to thinking about things he used to say. Little bits of wisdom, whether they appeared as such or just talk. One of the things … Continue reading

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Personal Association

by Aranyakananda As an avid Facebooker, I find great amusement in getting involved in conversations on other people’s walls. In doing so I often strike up a good report with friends of friends who I do not know. This is … Continue reading

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A Whole Lotta Mahabharata

by Aranyakananda I am on a bit of a Mahabharata binge right now. Make ready. Not too long ago I wrote on the concept of “fear of God” and how figures in the Mahabharata such as Kamsa, Krisha’s uncle achieved … Continue reading

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A Lesson That Keeps On Being Taught Until It Is Learned

by Aranyakananda While my wife and I were in the process of moving, we decided to sell a table along with a set of two stools that we had barely used. It was in great shape. Still we wanted to … Continue reading

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Reflections on Ganesha Abhishekam 2013

by Aranyakananda My local temple held Ganesha Abhishekam last night. My grandfather just passed away two nights before this, and so I took this Abhishekam as a sacred opportunity to remove some of the obstacles between my grandfather and moksha. … Continue reading

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Vaisnavaganza: Ganga Devi

by Aranyakananda Not a manifestation of, or an avatar of Vishnu, but still holding a rightful place in the Vaisnav-theon, is Ganga Devi. You see Ganga Devi, manifesting on our Earth as the River Ganges, flowed from the feet of … Continue reading

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The Vedic Intention Behind Capital Punishment

by Aranyakananda My wife has been watching the Jodi Arias trial intently, and I have caught a few glimpses here and there; enough to know that her story is falling apart. If found guilty of the heinous crime of passion … Continue reading

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Update On My List of “5 Ideas” As Suggested By Swami Vivekananda

by Aranyakananda Back in January after attending the celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda’s birth at my temple, I came home and wrote on this blog about Swami Vivekananda’s assertion that we all should have 5 ideas by … Continue reading

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Regarding Sandy Hook Elementary School: We Are All Victims of the Insanity Which is Not the True Self.

by Aranyakananda It has grown wearisome watching responses to news stories online, or Facebook postings on the subject of the Sandy Hook school shooting. Terrible thing to say, I know, because these postings have been an outpouring of love and … 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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