Category Archives: Patanjali

Indian Style

When I was in kindergarten, one of the things I remember most clearly aside from the Reading Rocket (a big plastic silo-like structure, black with silver stars on it) was that whenever we were to sit down and listen to … Continue reading

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Hanuman and Harihara

by Aranyakananda Hanuman is said to be a reminder that everything in the world is out of our control and the mind is the only thing that we can control. Meditators call the difficulty of maintaining focus “monkey mind”. Indeed … Continue reading

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Lunch-Break Wheelchair Suryanamaskar

by Aranyakananda Suryanamaskar is intended to be done at dawn, as the sun rises, ideally, I think. But there are really no rules when it comes to dharma. Therefore, on Saturdays I have come to practice my own version of … Continue reading

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Medulla Oblongadda-da-Vida, Baby!

by Aranyakananda Science has indicated that there is a center in the brain which kicks in during “religious experiences” or moments of devotional fervor, or bhakti Yoga. I will not post a link to this research because it is readily … Continue reading

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I Don’t Believe in Atheists

by Aranyakananda Hinduism is not a religion where one is compelled to go out into the world and change anyone’s mind. All paths are valid. All paths fit the current needs of the soul behind the veil of the human … Continue reading

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Every Day Sanjaya

by Aranyakananda Anyone who has spent any time looking into the Bhagavad-Gita knows that in the first chapter there are countless characters named who all represent different facets of our personalities which are either an impediment or a boon toward … Continue reading

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Krishna Janmashtami In October?…I Have No Qualms About That

by Aranyakananda Back in August, on the occasion of Krishna Janmashtami, Swami Vidyadhishananda Giri gave a workshop in Chicago, IL. I was not able to make it there, and I thought that was that, because I was under the impression … Continue reading

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