The Boon of Political Diversity among Indian-Americans

While my political choices are reflective of my theological beliefs, I can safely say I can find common ground with Hindu Americans on both sides of the party line.My friend Rev. Bob Cornwall, pastor of the Disciples of Christ Central Woodward Christian Church and Convener of the Troy-area Interfaith Group, recently posted anessay on his blog entitled "Rules, Regulations, and the Christian Life—A Lectionary Reflection." In it, he brings up something with which I agree: ". . . some of the po … [Read more...]

Call Me Hindu

We are facing a new frontier as immigrants: identifying ourselves as and defining what it means to be's definition of religion is fairly simple: "a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs; or a specific fundamental set of … [Read more...]

Human Boundaries, Human Rights

Hindu refugees, like all refugees, need advocates to protect basic human rights.As a human rights organization that advocates for Hindus in America, the Hindu American Foundation is also concerned with the rights of others around the world, particularly when they are impacted by American policy and actions that our nation takes. As Hindus, we are more likely to be aware of the unfair treatment to other Hindus around the world. And it is our dharma to take care of our Hindu brethren. A film … [Read more...]

Hoping to Move Beyond Intolerance

The Hindu community stands in solidarity with their fellow Dharmic faith communities, especially the Sikhs.The latest gun tragedy, the shooting in the gurdwara, is something I am compelled to write about as an advocate of interreligious understanding and a peace activist. But it is my heart that cries at the ignorance, and perhaps insanity or stupidity, that creates room for such terrible happenings. The loss of lives of other members of my ethnic and Dharmic faith communities is especially … [Read more...]

Spiritual Open House

The five day Vedic ritual "Prana Prathishta" fills new Hindu temples with life and visitors with visions.Recently, the Bharatiya Temple of Metropolitan Detroit had a ceremony known as aPrana Prathishta, which was spread over five days as part of the expansion of a new Hindu house of worship. I have been an active volunteer at the temple over the last thirteen years, but I was not fully engaged in the expansion activity and the events around it. I have been concerned about building a larger … [Read more...]

Seven Steps to Sacred Bliss: Hindu Wedding Rituals

When Hindus tie the knot, it's not just a ceremony. Instead, it's a life sacrament, and the "saptapadi" or "seven steps" is perhaps the most sacred and meaningful piece.The lazy, hazy days of summer bring to mind weddings—especially because it is during the hot summer months that Hindu weddings are often celebrated. While I have alreadywritten on the topic of marriage twice, I cannot resist revisiting the Hindu marriage rituals, particularly the sacred and beautiful saptapadi. As an imp … [Read more...]