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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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Understudy Karma

by Aranyakananda To illustrate a point: I do not drive. Though I am well aware that the Gita tells me to live without fear, humans do feel this emotion and when it is based on previous experience, it is a … Continue reading

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In Defense of the Notion of Karma When Someone Treats You Like Shit.

by Aranyakananda I recently was given the opportunity, via Facebook, the modern forum for all things philosophical, to ponder the following quote: “If someone treats you like shit, just remember there is something wrong with them, not you. Normal people … Continue reading

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Neti, Neti, Part II – Karma or Lila?

by Aranyakananda There are two ways of seeing the material world that often overlap. To put it very simply, one is that the circumstances one finds himself in is a result of past karma. The second is that of “lila” … Continue reading

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Neti, Neti, Neither or Both?

by Aranyakananda I don’t often write an entire post announcing posts which have not been written, but, well I just felt like it tonight. Coming soon, in a series of three (or maybe four, I’m not too sure) posts, I … Continue reading

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The Past Has Passed

by Aranyakananda I would say a good chunk of the stress we experience in life is directly related to things that we expect to happen. Things we sit up at night worrying about. It is irrational, because, well, logically, the … Continue reading

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Collective Illusion

by Aranyakananda According to some schools of thought, including most Hindu philosophies, the world is but an illusion. Further, and more specifically to Hinduism, each person in this world encounters it or perceives it differently because of variances in accumulated … Continue reading

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A Tremendous Sense of Gratitude Aimed In 100 Different Directions & a Happiness Independent of External Circumstances

by Aranyakananda Of late, I have found myself in a state which I hoped I would not find myself again during this lifetime. A state in which I have wallowed many times before. I am in a cast and in … Continue reading

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Voting Our Collective Consciousness

by Aranyakananda In the final hours before the polls close, I know I will be nervous. Many people seem to be terrified about the future of the country depending on the result of the U.S. Presidential election, one way or … Continue reading

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Go See “Cloud Atlas”, Do It!

by Aranyakananda   From womb to tomb, we are bound to others, past, and present and by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future.    – Cloud Atlas  My wife and I just saw the new Tom Hanks/Halle … Continue reading

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