Category Archives: Popular Music

What a Mad Delusion

I read about a study once – I wish I could find out where – in which a group of people were shown a painting of a scene from Vienna and played a recording of a singer with acoustic guitar, … Continue reading

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The Hamburg Beatles and a Meditation on Karma

by Aranyakananda I find inspiration in the strangest places. I think all of us must at one point or another. I think I’ve mentioned a time or 15 that I am a fan of the Beatles. At work, along with … Continue reading

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Christmas Mantra

by Aranyakananda For years I have worked in call centers which required me to make hundreds of phone calls per day which were all fairly similar in nature. In short, I’ve worked many very repetitious jobs. In my younger days … Continue reading

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My Tabla Meditations of Spring 2010.

by Aranyakananda The following is from a paper on the meditative aspects of playing the tabla, which I wrote while I was briefly a grad student in 2010. I was asked to try a meditative practice for three weeks and … Continue reading

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Kula Shaker: Not Quite 21st Century Alwars, But Still…

By Aranyakananda I recently discovered “Kula Shaker”, a British “psychedelic rock” band who were very popular in the late ’90s, and have reformed in the 21st century. I am not sure if “psychedelic” is an appropriate label for them or … Continue reading

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Elvis and Yogananda

by Aranyakananda Today being Elvis Presley’s birthday, I wanted to visit a part of his life that is not very well-known by fans of his. Though he was raised Christian and in fact recorded many Gospel records, Elvis was a … Continue reading

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Ode To Ravi

by Aranyakananda I have to take this opportunity to reiterate (I think I’ve discussed it before) how eternally grateful I am to the recently departed sitar master Ravi Shankar. When I first began to meditate, I could not figure out … Continue reading

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