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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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Delusions of Grandeur

by Aranyakananda Recently I read an article or a purport to the Gita maybe, that said that the spiritually rajasic man is one who wears his japa bead string as a necklace with bright shiny jewels attached to it to … Continue reading

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A Ladder Within a Wheel Within a Loop Within a Larger Loop.

by Aranyakananda The world is an odd place. In our lives we are but climbing a ladder, all the time going ’round and ’round clinging to a wheel that is not real but convinced it is all that is real, … Continue reading

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Mithya

by Aranyakananda Maya is a word I use on this blog often. It means unreal, or illusory. Another word for maya is mithya. As Sanskrit is the root of many currently spoken languages, it should not be shocking to find … 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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Sanatana Dharma: It Is Not About Proselytizing But Not Laissez Faire Spiritualism Either.

by Aranyakananda Christianity tells its devotees that one must preach the Word of Jesus Christ. The Bhagavad-Gita tells us that “the wise must not unsettle” those “bewildered by the modes of material nature (Gita Chapter 3, Slokum 29). Direct contradiction, … Continue reading

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The Purpose of Atheism

by Aranyakananda Having stated in my last post that I am a supporter of pluralism, especially when it comes to spiritual matters, I feel it is the appropriate time to address something. Atheism. And right up-front I want to distinguish … Continue reading

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