Gathering NectarThe tyranny of unread books
We won't make much progress toward our goals if we're weighed down with hundreds of pounds of random things we might want to do someday. If I packed all my unread books into a giant backpack, I wouldn't even be able to walk.
Hindu 2.0Rudraksha Mala: Choosing correctly and benefiting from it
What is a Rudraksha? Rudraksha is a seed of a specific tree that grows in a certain altitude in the mountains. It is found in South Asia, especially in the Himalayas, in India, and the Terai region of Nepal, as well as in Burma, and in South-East Asia in Thailand and Indonesia. Rudraksha trees are [Read More...]
The White HinduScripture Study: Bhagavad Gita, book two verses 19 – 25
We are doing a scripture study together: reading along through some scriptures and discussing the passages. From the Winthrop Sargeant translation of The Gita… 19. He who imagines this (the embodied Self) the slayer And he who imagines this the slain, Neither of them understands. This does not slay, nor is it slain. 20. Neither is this [Read More...]
DrishtikoneHow Delhi’s heart mocks Secular ideals in India
Bodhan was a Hindu Saint. A renunciate. He lived in the kingdom of Sikander Lodhi. In his great Secular moment, the renunciate said - Islam and Hindu Dharma are both equally acceptable to God if followed with sincerity. Very secular and very fair it would seem to many. However, Sikander Lodhi had him burnt alive. Because [Read More...]
Seeking ShantiRace, Religion & Human RIghts
Editors’ Note: This article is part of the Public Square 2014 Summer Series: Conversations on Religious Trends. Read other perspectives from the Patheos community here. This summer has been one of ups and downs, showcasing the critical relationship between race, religion and the struggle for human rights. My summer began with a workshop in June: along with about 150 [Read More...]
God in the Age of KaliTyagaraja: The Poet Saint
Tyagaraja's music is indeed divine, and he not only wrote lovingly about his chosen deity, Sri Rama, but wrote more than a dozen songs on the nature and beauty of spiritual music.
Meditation for LifeOut with the Old
The miracle of recapitulation is that it creates a natural current of self-awareness that can bring transformation all by itself.