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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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Misnomered

You may have read a few posts back I wrote about not using the nom de plume “Aranyakananda” anymore. In response to that post I received a comment from a friend who pointed out that people who change their name … Continue reading

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Dhritashthira

by Aranyakananda Events have been unfolding in the lives of people around me. Events that have been doing so for longer than I am comfortable admitting. Because I could have probably done something about it over the years had 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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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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Superficial Sword-Waving, As It Were

by Aranyakananda Y’ever find yourself arguing the most trivial points imaginable? Like why anyone could possibly like country music? Or how anyone could possibly drink Dr. Pepper? Well I, unfortunately have found myself on that end of these very same … Continue reading

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“Use Your Outside Voice.”

by Aranyakananda When it comes down to it, all we really have to rely on is that inner voice that guides us through many a trial. I believe that the inner voice is the voice of the Jnana yogi, but … Continue reading

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