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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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The Quantum Album: 2. Live Metal

Coming from a Catholic background it is hard to conceptualize the Great Beyond as not a place where “I” go when “I” die and “I” enjoy everything “I” enjoyed in life forever and ever amen, etc. Over the years I … Continue reading

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A Vicious Circle of Feelings and Perceptions and Feelings

by Aranyakananda I was given the book “Buddhism Without Beliefs” by a friend recently. It is one of those books I had seen many times in Barnes & Noble and considered buying and even flipped through because it is not … 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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“The” “Man” “Upstairs”

by Aranyakananda Most serious seekers of the Divine long ago left behind the idea that God is a an Old Man in the Sky. Yet we still, at least in the predominantly Christian world, often hear the expression “The Man … Continue reading

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A Response to “Let’s Aim For a Post-Theistic Society” by Professor Vasant Natarajan

by Aranyakananda Last time I attended Bhagavad-Gita study group at my temple one of the men there made a casual reference to an opinion column in “The Hindu”. I later asked him to direct me to the piece because I … Continue reading

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“Feedback Is On The Action, Not On You”

by Aranyakananda The title of this post is inspired by a quote I read recently from a yogi giving a talk on detachment. He used to soft term “feedback” when we all know he meant “criticism”. We dwell on both … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Namaste

by Aranyakananda Something recently stood out to me when reading and re-considering the long definition of “Namaste.” I’ll post it here for quick reference. So here it is: “I honor the place in you where spirit lives. I honor the … Continue reading

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Dharma Dream

by Aranyakananda I fall asleep during movies a lot. Even when I’ve just slept until 11am, and it is only mid-afternoon the same day. Recently I was sitting at home one Sunday afternoon watching a movie. We’d just had a … 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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