Category Archives: karma yoga

Manasa-tirthas

by Aranyakananda I left off in my last post discussing how the sacred can be found anywhere. Wherever you go, there you are.” Same thing. It is a recurring theme with me lately, it seems wherever I go, this subject … Continue reading

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Same Thing, Different Day

by Aranyakananda Today I noticed something as I sat at my cubicle and a co-worker and I bounced our respective work-related frustrations off one another. It gets us through the day – “You won’t believe what this person just said … Continue reading

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“Use Your Outside Voice.”

by Aranyakananda When it comes down to it, all we really have to rely on is that inner voice that guides us through many a trial. I believe that the inner voice is the voice of the Jnana yogi, but … Continue reading

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The Intoxication of Now

by Aranyakananda The title of this post was not meant to parody Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now, though it does just happen to be so that I am currently in the middle of Tolle’s “A New Earth”. Though I … Continue reading

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Practice What You Preach vs. Offering Inspiration

by Aranyakananda In any spiritual tradition, right up there with “The Golden Rule” of doing unto others what you’d have done unto you, is the principle of “Practice What You Preach.” It has a lot to do with fixing yourself … Continue reading

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“Feedback Is On The Action, Not On You”

by Aranyakananda The title of this post is inspired by a quote I read recently from a yogi giving a talk on detachment. He used to soft term “feedback” when we all know he meant “criticism”. We dwell on both … Continue reading

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Jai Hari Om Mani Padme Hum

by Aranyakananda I haven’t had a lot to say lately. I think it is because everything I feel like blogging about seems completely trite, and I do not wish to intentionally subject you to the trite. What I set out … Continue reading

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A “What Would Krishna Do?” Moment

by Aranyakananda On Sunday, not one hour before I was to head over to my local Temple for Bhagavad-Gita study, I clicked on my Facebook account. There was a message from a guy I went to high school with, but … 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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Teleyoga

by Aranyakananda I spoke on the phone one night last week with a guy who I’ve been friends with for about 17 years. We talked for well over two hours. He is my longest-lasting friendship. We are very different and … Continue reading

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