Tag Archives: Diwali

Holiday Yoga

by Aranyakananda From the week of Thanksgiving, all the way through Christmas, one hears the word “stress” increasingly creeping into every day interaction. That is how it is in the U.S. anyway. That is all I know. I don’t know … Continue reading

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My Diwali Light For 2013

by Aranyakananda Over the weekend my temple held Lakshmi puja along with fireworks to celebrate Diwali. My wife and I were out of town to visit a friend who had recently received a rather grave medical diagnosis and prognosis. A … Continue reading

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An Internal Debate Regarding PTO on Hindu Holidays.

by Aranyakananda I took Monday, October 14th off from work. I’d casually mentioned it to my mother that I had off that day and she asked me why later. I told her it was because of Canadian Thanksgiving (my wife … Continue reading

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Two Festivals of Light

by Aranyakananda People (like me) like to see coincidences between two religions and see Oneness. It is a key characteristic of Sanatana Dharma, I think. So I wanted to believe that the Diwali and Hanukkah both being referred to as … Continue reading

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Diwali Fallout

by Aranyakananda Wednesday night, heading into the early hours of Thursday, the last day of Diwali,¬† I was sick. I could not stop coughing, sneezing and sniffling. So at nearly 2 a.m. I got up to have a cup of … Continue reading

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Diwali Smile

by Aranyakananda I work two jobs right now. My day job is great. I write this on my lunch break, as a matter of fact. I have been working here just a few months. My night job is one I … Continue reading

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A Little Slice of Life Inside My Household During Diwali

by Aranyakananda Me (to my wife): “I want you to know, dear – and you can look this up, it is a verifiable fact – that today is the second day of Diwali¬† and part of the tradition on the … Continue reading

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Naraka Chaturdasi: The Bridge Between Spiritual Wealth and Victory Over Darkness!

by Aranyakananda If Dhanteras, the first of the five days of Diwali reminds us of the spiritual wealth that leads to the victory over darkness which Diwali celebrates, then the second day, Naraka Chaturdasi shows us how that spiritual wealth … Continue reading

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Happy Dhanteras and Diwali!

by Aranyakananda Each year when the major festivals come around I learn a bit more about their background and their significance. The five days of Diwali are upon us, beginning with November 11, celebrated in Northern India as Dhanteras. Dhanteras … Continue reading

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Recollections From Deepavali 2011

by Aranyakananda Since my friends and I will be watching Swami Vidyadhishananda give his Mahashivratri message next Saturday, I thought I’d post an account of an experience I had while watching Swami V give his Deepavali message last year. It … Continue reading

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