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“Through him, She…”

I am finally reading the “Gospel of Ramakrishna” which I picked up over the summer. Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa was a Sanatana Dharmist in the truest sense I can think of. He tested every path for himself: From Daulism to Advaita, … Continue reading

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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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A Pilgrimage To Krishna Consciousness, Maybe

by Aranyakananda My wife and I are flying to California late this summer to visit friends and family. We will be staying in San Francisco, or very near. We have been planning this out for weeks, but it just occurred … Continue reading

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A Whole Lotta Mahabharata: The Sixth Pandava

by Aranyakananda A couple of posts ago I wrote about the Mahabharata War and how the tensions originated w/ Duryodhana’s ego being damaged by Draupadi laughing at him. The story being, at its basest level, a story about the conflict … 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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Scientific Support That “Karma’s A Bitch”

by Aranyakananda In meditation, all things yoga and all things dharma may come to light. Truth is revealed in the meditative state. This includes a deeper understanding of karma and how and why it works. Paramahansa Yogananda and many other … 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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Neti, Neti Part I – “Do (5%) Good”

by Aranyakananda Target has a program called the Do Good program. On a sign in the store it appears like this: “Do % Good” and inside the top “o” of the percent symbol is a 5 and in the bottom … Continue reading

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Know a Yogi III – Sri Swami Lahiri Mahasaya (Disciple of Mahavatar Babaji)

by Aranyakananda Paramahansa Yogananda is often called the “Father of Yoga In the West.” And Swami Vivekananda came to America 30 years before him. But yoga in the Western world was all foreseen by Yogananda’s guru’s guru, Lahiri Mahasaya. In … Continue reading

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Know a Yogi II – Rajarsi Janakananda

by Aranyakananda James J. Lynn (later to be given the name Rajarsi Janakananda by Paramahansa Yogananda) was an oil man. He made millions of dollars. But all the money he made was not enough. He had it all, but perhaps … Continue reading

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