Category Archives: love

Give a Damn (But Not Just Because You Have Two of Them)

by Aranyakananda This is going to be a short one. It has become evident to me that there are two ways of looking at donating belongings to charities. One seems to have become to definative outlook in America. That is … Continue reading

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The TGIF Retraction

by Aranyakananda “TGIF” has long been an expression that’s given me a giggle, and cause for reflection, as you’ve seen once or twice if you’ve followed this weblog. This morning my wife gave me yet another reason to reflect on … Continue reading

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Let Them Be.

by Aranyakananda “If you love a flower, don’t pick it up. Because if you pick it up it dies and it ceases to be what you love. So if you love a flower, let it be. Love is not about … Continue reading

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Non-Body-Identification

by Aranyakananda A funny thing happened last night as my wife and I rode back home after work. She was telling me about her day, and how since her schedule will be changing soon a client she works with will … Continue reading

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Crossing My Eyes

by Aranyakananda Whenever someone asks me to cross my fingers, I have to be honest. If you’ve read this blog enough, you’ll know I am not “superstitious” in the conventional sense. Many consider religion, faith, prayer, etc., to be superstition … Continue reading

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A Story About The Day I Proposed To My Wife.

by Aranyakananda Today is the 9th anniversary of the day I married my wife. It is not the anniversary of the day I proposed to her, but to mark today’s milestone I’d like to tell a story about that day … Continue reading

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Mamaste!

by Aranyakananda There is one Mother She comes in many forms We call her by many names. She has fed us, bathed us Carried us over troubled waters Quite likely saved our life. She brought us here, She protected us … Continue reading

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Mandir 2.0

by Aranyakananda By the end of July, my wife and I intend to be moved to a new apartment. The one we decided on is one that we looked at a few years ago. Intriguingly it happens to sit directly … Continue reading

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How To Survive the Kali Yuga, Part II

by Aranyakananda Not too long ago I wrote a post on the Kali Yuga, and different Hindu – and in some cases specifically Vaisnava Hindu – practices that are “prescribed” in order for a jivan to navigate his/her way through … Continue reading

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The Unconditional Love of a Liberated Soul

by Aranyakananda I am blessed enough to be in the acquaintance of many benevolent entities who give their all to be kind and understanding – loving even – to anyone that they meet. I know people who will answer questions … Continue reading

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