About David Charles

David Charles joined Patheos in September 2008. Since then, he has helped shape the structure and content of the site and has led partnership development with a wide range of academic and religious organizations.

David was educated in Switzerland, England, and the United States. He holds advanced degrees in religious studies from Oxford and Harvard Universities. His academic training spans a number of disciplines and fields of study, including anthropology, literature, and history. He is the recipient of a teaching award from Harvard.

May 27: Happy Kurma Jayanti!

Kurma Jayanthi, or Koorma Jayanti, is observed on the day when Lord Vishnu incarnated as Kurma or Tortoise. Kurma Avatar is the second of the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu. The purpose of Kurma Avatar was to keep Mount Mandara intact and help in the process of Samudra Manthan or churning of ocean. In 2010, the date of Kurma Jayanti is May 27.Kurma Jayanti is observed on the Purnima or full moon day in the month of Vaishakha.Kurma is also identified with Prajapati or Brahma. Prajapati took t … [Read more...]

An Essay Contest! How do you live your Hindu identity differently from your parents?

The Hindu American Foundation recently announced its second annual NextGen Essay Contest.Topic: The beauty of Hinduism, and a key reason for its longevity as a world religion, is its ability to embrace modernity.  While the philosophy of Hinduism is ever-relevant, the manner in how it is applied to everyday life continues to change with each generation.  HAF wants to know the difference between your application of Hindu philosophy to daily life and your parents' application. How do you live yo … [Read more...]

Shukla vs. Chopra: The Great Yoga Debate

A fascinating debate unfolded recently at Washington Post's On Faith: The medical professor and blogger Aseem Shukla wrote an essay on yoga's American popularity and Hindu heritage. Decrying the "severance of yoga from Hinduism," Shukla asked: Why is yoga severed in America's collective consciousness from Hinduism? Yoga, meditation, ayurvedic natural healing, self-realization--they are today's syntax for New Age, Eastern, mystical, even Buddhist, but nary an appreciation of their Hindu origins. … [Read more...]

The BP Disaster, Business Ethics, and the Mahabharata

Over at HuffPo, Ramnath Subramanian reflects on business education, ethics, and asks what modern lessons we might learn from ancient Indian epics: I heard a story in my early childhood that has only grown on me through my experience in corporate America. The story comes from the Mahabharata (literally translated as "The History of Greater India"), one of the classics from India's ancient religious texts, the Vedas. The setting: the best school of martial arts and military training, headed by a v … [Read more...]

A Gita Quote on the True Self

As a wave, Seething and foaming, Is only water So all creation, Streaming out of the Self, Is only the Self.Consider a piece of cloth. It is only threads!So all creation, When you look closely, Is only the Self.(Ashtavakra Gita 2:4-5) (ht: www.hindudevotionalblog.com) … [Read more...]


Welcome to the new blog of the Patheos Hindu portal!If you're interested in contributing to this blog, please email us at HinduPortal@Patheos.com.Here's a short video to kick off this new blog -- a video, fittingly enough, about  Namaste.... … [Read more...]