Category Archives: Shiva

The Quantum Album: 1. Layers

In the near future, a series of posts will be titled similarly to this one. This is to indicate that they are intended as part of a “series” all inspired by reading I’ve done and meditation I have done on … Continue reading

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The TGIF Retraction

by Aranyakananda “TGIF” has long been an expression that’s given me a giggle, and cause for reflection, as you’ve seen once or twice if you’ve followed this weblog. This morning my wife gave me yet another reason to reflect on … Continue reading

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On Being Enlightened vs. Being Self-Realized

by Aranyakananda I was asked the other day if there is a difference between being “enlightened” and being “Self-realized”/”Self-actualized” whichever you prefer. And if so, is it wrong to say “I am enlightened.” Let me deal with the second question … Continue reading

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In Proximity of the Gods

by Aranyakananda I will never forget that the moment I began to see Hinduism as the path I wanted to pursue, I was reading a book by Neil Gaiman called “American Gods.” That being the case, it astounds me that … Continue reading

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A Vaisnavical Curiosity

by Aranyakananda My wife and I just opened some Christmas packages that we received from family who live far away. One of mine was a pendant of Lord Vishnu with Adishesha overhead. The curious part is that in the Lord’s … Continue reading

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On the Winter Solstice and the Gita

by Aranyakananda As usual lately, I am a little late to the party on certain subjects when it comes to blogging. But yesterday was the Winter Solstice. The beginning of winter, yet it marks the day when daylight hours begins … Continue reading

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The Art of Hinduism

by Aranyakananda I passed on Saraswati Puja last night. I just wasn’t feeling up to being in temple last night. I just felt like having a very quiet night. During the afternoon I had re-connected with a friend who is … Continue reading

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