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“Did You Happen To Notice Where the Vaisnav Temple Is In Town, By Chance?”

In “The Catcher in the Rye” Holden Caulfield tells of a classmate he’d had who casually asked upon first meeting him “Did you happen to notice where the Catholic church is in town?” and how that was clearly this kid’s … Continue reading

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Bloody Know-It-Alls

by Aranyakananda Over the course of the last 15 years or more, a trend has developed in my life. I seem to come in close contact, often in close friendships with people who – I don’t know how else to … Continue reading

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Vivekananda’s Assimilation of Five Ideas

by Aranyakananda “If you have assimilated five ideas and made them your life and character, you have more education than any man who has got by heart a whole library.” – Swami Vivekananda I cannot believe we are only 12 … Continue reading

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Know a Yogi – Swami Vivekananda (w/ a bit of Ramakrishna)

by Aranyakananda On this blog, you will have noticed that I write a lot of Paramahansa Yogananda and Swami Vidyadhishananda. I’d like to write about a few other yogis who have come to mean something to me, in a series … Continue reading

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Hinduism and Hippies. What’s the Deal?

by Aranyakananda Though Americans have been interested in Hinduism ever since the time of Henry David Thoreau’s Walden was published in 1854, and took well to the message of Swami Vivekananda in the 1890s and Paramahansa Yogananda in the first … Continue reading

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