A Review of Eat Pray Love – the movie

I had one surprisingly quiet evening to myself over the weekend. My husband was up in Edinburgh to see his good friend perform a one man show at the Edinburgh Fringe Fest. The children went down easily, so I made a little dessert for myself (hand-whipped cream with a dash of vanilla, some banana, and a spoonful of honey - divine) and put on a movie. I decided to watch Eat Pray Love - a pretty film, not requiring deep thought, and with a loosely Hindu theme. Also, Julia Roberts is easy on the … [Read more...]

Raksha Bandhan

Today is Raksha Bandhan, a celebration of the bond between brothers and sisters. The brothers promise to protect their sisters from all harms and evils and the sisters promise to be devoted to their brother's well-being. It seems like this is a day for gifts and family celebrations. Traditionally a red woven bracelet is tied around the brother's wrist.I thought this would be a sweet holiday to observe as I have a boy and a girl. Of course, they are a little young to really understand what's … [Read more...]

Karma-yoga and the struggle as a woman

Karma-yoga is the yoga of action. It is the main form of yoga advocated in the Bhagavad Gita. There is no such thing as inaction, as everything is in process. Even when we choose not to act, we are acting; even when we sit still and meditate our bodies are continuing to act by breathing, digesting, blood flowing, etc. Until recently I never had any interest in this form of yoga, but I'm finding this to be the key to my reconciling my new life as a stay-at-home-mother. It also raises some issues … [Read more...]

Pradosham and fasting

Pradosham is a day of devotion to Shiva and fasting for liberation and removal of samskara, accumulations of karmic debris. I decided to observe this today, because who couldn't use a little extra help in removing the bonds of karma and attaining eternal freedom?The day usually involves lots of white (flowers and clothes), prayers, certain other rituals, and fasting. I've come to terms with fasting. Usually I'm a fan of fasting. Many years ago I used to go vegan for Lent. I think fasting, in … [Read more...]

Mangala Gouri Puja, or how to practice as a feminist

Mangala Gouri Puja is a day of fasting for wives in the first five years of marriage, where they dress up and perform puja on behalf of their husband, praying for his well-being, prosperity, and longevity. I think this is a good post to talk about some of the difficulties with observing Hinduism, particularly from a feminist point of view, and from a Western perspective. But before I go any further, let me tell you that I am observing Mangala Gouri Puja. We've been married for four years. I've … [Read more...]

On finding my yoga

One of the things I love about yoga and Hinduism is that there is an 'in' for just about everyone. Are you a monotheist? There is point of entry. Are you a non-dualist? Try Advaita Vedanta. Do you see the God as male? Perhaps being a Vaishnava is for you. Do you see God as female? Say hello to Durga. Want to be less religious and more philosophical? Perhaps the dualist, non-divinity believing Samkhya path is for you. Love yoga but aren't very accomplished at the poses? Well, there are many … [Read more...]

Annaprasana

My baby girl is five and a half months old and is just itching to get her hands on things. She particularly likes to grab drinking glasses or bowls of food. She's eying every morsel of food we put in our mouths. She's really starting to engage with us, as a family and as individuals. How perfect that she's ready to begin exploring solid food right at this time!The Hindu tradition has a ceremony called Annaprasana. It happens around the time the baby is six months old, give or take, depending … [Read more...]


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