Category Archives: religious conversion

Thoughts on Tilaks

by Aranyakananda The main purpose of the tilak, in my understanding, is not in the wearing but in the act of application. It is to be a meditative practice during which one remembers his own ishta-devata. It is not to … Continue reading

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Jai Jai Shankara Hara Hara Shankara

by Aranyakananda It’s been a while since I really considered posting here. My wife and I’ve been moving, and Lord Ganesha, for a while, dammed the river of words that had until recently flowed forth on this blog. I blame … Continue reading

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Spiritually Flighty

by Aranyakananda This post is titled thusly because given the subject-matter, one may label me as such. For you see, even though I have recently begun identifying as “Smarta with Vaisnav leanings” or some such madness, as opposed to strictly … Continue reading

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I’ve Never Been So Happy To See A Dead Bird In My Life

by Aranyakananda Whilst on a little saunter that I took this morning, I rolled down the sidewalk, on the street where I live. I happened to glance into the street and saw what appeared to be a crow (?) but … Continue reading

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The God-Fearing Kamsa

by Aranyakananda One of the most repugnant concepts to me, in all realms of all things religious, has always been the idea of “the fear of GOD.” Being a “God-fearing man”. I have never in my life feared GOD. Maybe … Continue reading

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A Book Review, Sorta’, of “Dharma Punx” by Noah Levine

by Aranyakananda I am in the process of reading “Dharma Punx” by Noah Levine upon repeatedly hearing if referenced, mainly by friends of the Buddhist persuasion. From what I understand, Levine seems to be a living guru to many. He … Continue reading

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Three Stops On My Way To Sanatana Dharma

by Aranyakananda As I have said in a few places on this blog, I knew long ago that Christianity was not for me. After coming to that conclusion I tarried aimlessly for a few years, thinking somehow the Spirit would … Continue reading

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