Lesser Known Hindu Festivals

I wager that Hindus may have the most festivals or holidays of any religion in the world. There are some big ones that most people have heard of by now. Diwali is the one that I think most westerners can identify. Some with Indian friends may know Holi, Navratri, Ram Navami, Ganesh Chaturthi, Krishna Janmashtami or Pongol.But did you know that there are actually many more Hindu festivals?By Hitesh vip - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link If you put together all the regions in which Hindus … [Read More...]

How Do You Explain a Bindi to Kids?

I'm having a dilema. You guys know I love wearing my bindi. I find it important not just for its purported spiritual benefits but also as a reminder to myself of my values and who I strive to be and as a way of reminding others of the diversity of our society. However, things have gotten more complicated for me.I'm a member of a wonderful mom's group. I have awesome new friends and it's a very diverse group too. Some of the kids are as young as Garrick Ravi and others are a little older. … [Read More...]

Book Review: A Day in the Life of a Hindu Kid

Author Milind Makwana sent me a copy of his book A Day in the Life of a Hindu Kid to review. I'm so delighted to have a copy for Garrick Ravi. It is a very sweet book about two siblings who are American-born Hindus. It goes through their day leading readers through prayers and customs.The prayers are in devanagari script, transliteration, and English translation.The background scenes have lots of nice Indian culture touches and the illustrations are cute. The whole book has a … [Read More...]

Capsule Wardrobe Challenge WEEK THREE #BindiFashion #Moms30For30

I can't believe how fast May is flying by. More than half way through already. Tomorrow is Garrick Ravi's first birthday! Watch my Youtube channel for a video coming soon of shaving his head and doing a birthday arti.Here is last week's post on my #moms30for30 wardrobe challenge:http://www.patheos.com/blogs/whitehindu/2017/05/capsule-wardrobe-challenge-week-twobindifashion-moms30for30/And here are my outfits from this previous week...One thing that has … [Read More...]

Round Up Of Hindu Resources

Every once in awhile I like to go through the offerings in books, audiobooks, videos, music, etc. to see what's available for people exploring Hinduism or new Hindus. And to be honest, lots of these Hindu resources are great for those of us who have been doing this a while too!This time I decided to add resources for your general Hindu lifestyle, kid's resources, and also recommendations for scriptures and holy books. So keep reading! For new, just-getting-started Hindu Resources First up … [Read More...]

Scripture Study: Bhagavad Gita, book four, verses 12-15

We are doing a scripture study together: reading along through some scriptures and discussing the passages. Here are all of the posts on the previous verses for the Gita: Bhagavad Gita StudyFrom the Winthrop Sargeant translation of The Bhagavad Gita... 12. Desiring the success of ritual acts, Men sacrifice here on earth to the Vedic gods. Quickly indeed in th world of men Ritual acts bring success.13. The system of four castes was created by Me, Accroding to the distribution of … [Read More...]

The Disadvantage of Being Born Hindu

I've spent too long being frustrated about not being born Hindu.I admit I've wasted energy and time wondering why I wasn't born Indian. Why do I have to stand out? Why do I live in a state of always having something to prove? Rachel Dolezal's story fascinates me because I have felt a temptation, a desire that I fight to do what she has done, to fit in, to make myself pass for something I'm not. I suspect it's because I get so tired at times. Tired of always being noticed, always being … [Read More...]

Capsule Wardrobe Challenge WEEK TWO #BindiFashion #Moms30For30

It is week two. Things I've experienced so far in my #Moms30for30 capsule wardrobe challenge:It requires doing way too much laundry One of my pants was too tight and last night it tore across the bottom, so I'm going to have to swap in something else Despite the variety of styling, there's still a lot of sameness because of the colors and patternshttp://www.patheos.com/blogs/whitehindu/2017/05/capsule-wardrobe-challenge-week-one-bindifashion-moms30for30/ Let me know in the comments … [Read More...]

Is Materialism Bad?

Is materialism a bad thing? I've been thinking about that this month as I participate in the #Moms30for30 capsule wardrobe challenge and as I buy, use, and sell Jamberry nail wraps. There was definitely a time in my life when I would have said that materialism is evil and to be avoided at all costs. That was when I was a lot more rigid in my thoughts and behavior. I've mellowed out a lot in my thirties.Now I have a different take on materialism. I think the problem is in attachment. I've … [Read More...]

Scripture Study: Bhagavad Gita, book four, verses 8-11

We are doing a scripture study together: reading along through some scriptures and discussing the passages. Here are all of the posts on the previous verses for the Gita: Bhagavad Gita StudyFrom the Winthrop Sargeant translation of The Bhagavad Gita... 8. For the protection of the good And the destruction of evil doers, For the sake of establishing righteousness, I am born in every age.9. He who knows in truth My divine birth and action, Having left his body, he is Not reborn; … [Read More...]