Category Archives: poojas

Out Templing with the Wife

by Aranyakananda I am beginning to suspect my wife is lovely. Last week she and I realized that it was the first weekend in time out of mind that we did not have anything planned. At first my wife said … Continue reading

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Superstitious Double Whammy?

By Aranyakananda The subject of luck has come up on this blog at various times. Friday the 13th has been the topic of at least one or two posts. But tomorrow is unique in that it is Friday the 13 … 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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Holi Colors as Abhishekam

by Aranyakananda I know I am several weeks late on this. And I also know that shortly after Holi I made a “solemn oath” not to write about Holi anymore this year. But being that nobody’s life is in danger … Continue reading

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The Sacred Architecture of the Vastu Shastra

by Aranyakananda My father is a home builder. With his birthday having just passed when I started working on this post, and having visited my parents beforehand to take them both out for dinner, naturally I have been thinking about … Continue reading

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This Week In Hinduism

by Aranyakananda It has been brought to my attention that its been about 45 days since I’ve written anything. And my ego tries to tell me this is bad because it wants that “I” define myself as a writer. And … 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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