Category Archives: hippies

What a Mad Delusion

I read about a study once – I wish I could find out where – in which a group of people were shown a painting of a scene from Vienna and played a recording of a singer with acoustic guitar, … 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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Vaisnavaganza: Chaitanya Mahaprabhu/Radha Krishna

by Aranyakananda Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was a reincarnation of Krishna, not considered a direct avatar of Vishnu, but for all intents and purposes, the very same, I would say. Since at the end of my last post I touched on the … Continue reading

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King Kulasekhara & The Alwars and Nayanmars

by Aranyakananda mabhir manda-mano vicintya bahudha yamis ciram yatana naivami prabhavanti papa-ripavah svami nanu sridharah alasyam vyapaniya bhakti-sulabham dhyayasva narayanam lokasya vyasanapanodana-karo dasasya kim na kshamah O foolish mind, stop your fearful fretting about the extensive torments dealt out by … Continue reading

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Kula Shaker: Not Quite 21st Century Alwars, But Still…

By Aranyakananda I recently discovered “Kula Shaker”, a British “psychedelic rock” band who were very popular in the late ’90s, and have reformed in the 21st century. I am not sure if “psychedelic” is an appropriate label for them or … Continue reading

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Neti, Neti, Part II – Karma or Lila?

by Aranyakananda There are two ways of seeing the material world that often overlap. To put it very simply, one is that the circumstances one finds himself in is a result of past karma. The second is that of “lila” … Continue reading

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Elvis and Yogananda

by Aranyakananda Today being Elvis Presley’s birthday, I wanted to visit a part of his life that is not very well-known by fans of his. Though he was raised Christian and in fact recorded many Gospel records, Elvis was a … Continue reading

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Higher Ground

by Aranyakananda Something a friend recently said got me thinking about songs that aid me in maintaining a bhakti state of mind. Often these are songs which lead us to a state of emotional awareness. I suppose for me it … Continue reading

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Of Love and Hate and Chickens and Eggs.

by Aranyakananda In my younger, more conflicted days when I couldn’t decide whether I was a hippie or a punk (I am neither), I wrote a poem/song called “I Hate Hate” in which I addressed a hateful person directly. In … Continue reading

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