Category Archives: Hindu Festivals

Superstitious Double Whammy?

By Aranyakananda The subject of luck has come up on this blog at various times. Friday the 13th has been the topic of at least one or two posts. But tomorrow is unique in that it is Friday the 13 … Continue reading

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A Pilgrimage To Krishna Consciousness, Maybe

by Aranyakananda My wife and I are flying to California late this summer to visit friends and family. We will be staying in San Francisco, or very near. We have been planning this out for weeks, but it just occurred … Continue reading

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Holi Colors as Abhishekam

by Aranyakananda I know I am several weeks late on this. And I also know that shortly after Holi I made a “solemn oath” not to write about Holi anymore this year. But being that nobody’s life is in danger … 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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Holi Hai!…But Why?

by Aranyakananda I cannot just not write about Holi. I did so last year, I think maybe as many as three posts all Holi and Holika Dahan considered. But as far as Holi, I only wrote about Nrsimha, and Prahlada. … Continue reading

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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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Sorry, Mormons

by Aranyakananda Now that I have said in my last post that Abrahamic religions are “authoritarian” and that Dharma is not, but instead is “authoritative”, except for the Manu-samhita and the Gita depending on how you read it, let me … 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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