Hindu Studies: An Education in Religious Studies and Bias

I was pleased to start the new year off with information about how, in pre-colonial India, Hindu temples were premier educational institutions. January also reminded me of my own pursuit of Hindu studies: several years ago, I wanted to enroll in a Hindu studies program at a local college, and found there are no such classes in our region - especially not one solely focused on Hinduism, and especially not taught by a practicing Hindu. I enrolled at Ecumenical Theological Seminary - but due to … [Read more...]

The Reality of Santa Claus: Imagine Joy this Holiday Season

Christmas is a time when those of us who are not Christian also get to participate in the festive season - especially because schools and businesses alike give time off.  Over the past several years, I have enjoyed how the automotive industry in my home of metro-Detroit has given me the opportunity to enjoy the season with its shut-down from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Day.  Many of us are able to take vacations, enjoy time with friends and family, and even celebrate Christmas, with all the glor … [Read more...]

Daanam (and Seva) in December and Around the Year

Editors' Note: This article is part of the Patheos Public Square on Charitable Giving. Read other perspectives here.                                                                                                                              In years past, the December dilemma was usually delayed to January, when my children went back to school after the winter holiday break, because of the commercialization of the holiday and listening to their classmates enumerate the gifts they had go … [Read more...]

Diwali Proclamations in My Hometown

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Diwali is a time of love and laughter, family and friends, fun and foods that delight - it is the Festival of Lights, marking the return of an exiled prince, returning home to be King, with a path of clay diyas, that provide him the path to his kingdom and family of devoted subjects. At our local temple in Troy, MI, we mark the holiday with a cultural and social function on the weekend either before or after the holy day itself, which falls on Nov. 11 this year. At my various workplaces, I have … [Read more...]

Vijaya Dasami – Embracing the Divinity Within

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The nine days/nights of Navaratri are over:  the celebration of the Goddess in her tamas, rajas and sattva forms  ends with a day marking the victory of good over evil, going beyond the limitations of these three gunas, finding that which we are seeking. The Goddess was first celebrated for three days in her fierce tamasic form, of Durga and Kali, followed by three days dedicated to Lakshmi - the goddess of wealth, representing the Goddess in her golden rajasic glory. And now, after the worship o … [Read more...]

Celebrating Shakti – Embracing Diversity of Belief

Today is the start of Navaratri, a nine-night festival that honors the Feminine Divine - Shakti, Devi, Goddess. Hinduism Today’s Festival one pager explains how it is celebrated, and more importantly, its significance. Hinduism is one of the few living religions where the Divine is She, Shakti. Shakti is the Divine Mother, the personification of primordial energy, that which is the source of all and controls all, the power behind divine and cosmic evolution, and exists in each of us. On these ni … [Read more...]


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