Category Archives: humor

Russell Brand: A Case-Study On the Ego and Krishna Consciousness

by Aranyakananda Recently, comic Russell Brand reached the milestone of ten years clean and sober. He is a former heroin, alcohol and sex addict. He has often attributed his recovery to meditation, and Krishna Consciousness. I believe he practices japa, … Continue reading

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Um…ॐ…

by Aranyakananda Upon starting my current day-job back in August, just getting comfortable with the phone calls I was making, I found myself with “a case of the ums” as my supervisor put it. I said “Um” a lot. Eventually … Continue reading

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A Little Slice of Life Inside My Household During Diwali

by Aranyakananda Me (to my wife): “I want you to know, dear – and you can look this up, it is a verifiable fact – that today is the second day of Diwali  and part of the tradition on the … Continue reading

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“A Compilation of Mini-Biographies of Various Yogis”

by Aranyakananda         It brings me happiness to write about the words of Yogananda, but I don’t think that I could ever, or would ever want to do a true review of his work, as I don’t feel like I could do … Continue reading

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Neti, Neti…Yeti?

by Aranyakananda Having recently realized that I almost never mention Lord Rama on this weblog, I have been reviewing the Ramayana and reading about the different scriptures in which Hanuman, the devotee of Rama, appears. I have always been interested … Continue reading

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Editorial: Why It’s Okay To Laugh At Your Own Jokes

by Aranyakananda I wrote a similar piece to this, regarding getting angry to make a point and how it is not an egotistical thing to do as long as the goal is fostering understanding. Now I wish to share with … Continue reading

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Sometimes Assertiveness Looks a Lot Like An Egocentric Shit-Fit

by Aranyakananda Coming to Hinduism one has it repeatedly put into one’s head that one must dissolve, destroy or transcend the ego, depending on who your sources are. And it is true as a general practice. But there are always … Continue reading

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Results

by Aranyakananda Recently I wrote a post in which I quoted Gandhi-ji as saying “You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing, there will be no result.” I now want to tie that … Continue reading

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“-ji”

by Aranyakananda(-ji?)         In Indian culture, the suffix -ji, or sometimes -jee is placed after a name as a sign of respect. When I first started attending the Hindu Temple, I would use the suffix when addressing fellow aspirants occasionally, … Continue reading

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Puja Pooper

by Aranyakananda, My wife did not want to come to the puja tonight, so I called her a “puja pooper”, as in “party pooper”. She acknowledged the turn-of-phrase, but then gave me a dirty look. So I said “Namaste.” So … Continue reading

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