Category Archives: holidays

A Vaisnavical Curiosity

by Aranyakananda My wife and I just opened some Christmas packages that we received from family who live far away. One of mine was a pendant of Lord Vishnu with Adishesha overhead. The curious part is that in the Lord’s … Continue reading

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On the Winter Solstice and the Gita

by Aranyakananda As usual lately, I am a little late to the party on certain subjects when it comes to blogging. But yesterday was the Winter Solstice. The beginning of winter, yet it marks the day when daylight hours begins … 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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Christmas Mantra

by Aranyakananda For years I have worked in call centers which required me to make hundreds of phone calls per day which were all fairly similar in nature. In short, I’ve worked many very repetitious jobs. In my younger days … 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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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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A Response to “Let’s Aim For a Post-Theistic Society” by Professor Vasant Natarajan

by Aranyakananda Last time I attended Bhagavad-Gita study group at my temple one of the men there made a casual reference to an opinion column in “The Hindu”. I later asked him to direct me to the piece because I … Continue reading

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