Spiritual Tips From an Unexpected Source

I just discovered that People magazine’s website has blogs from celebrity moms. I love celebrity gossip and babies, so I have been enjoying reading about the real life experiences of some girls that I’ve seen on TV. One of the blogs that I like a lot is written by the wife of James Van Der Beek. Yes, Dawson! Who knew?

She has a similar mindset to me. She’s into natural/green living like me, for example.

I discovered she has a post about spirituality in family life and it is not religion specific, which I appreciated! Apparently, she practices Kabbalah, which is a mystical branch of Judaism.

Check out her post: http://celebritybabies.people.com/2012/06/08/kimberly-van-der-beek-blog-spiritual-family-tips/

I recommend don’t read the comments (generally a good policy on the Internet!): it’s full of people saying Jesus is the only way. Sigh.

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Ambaa is an American woman of European ancestry who is also a practicing Hindu. She is fascinated with questions of philosophy, culture, and the meaning of life. Join her in the journey to explore how a non-Indian convert to Hinduism experiences her religion.

  • http://www.facebook.com/agni.ashwin Agni Ashwin

    Whenever someone says “Jesus saves”, I translate that to its original meaning. “Jesus” is from the Hebrew “Yehoshuah”. (“Joshua” is also from the Hebrew “Yehoshuah”, so “Jesus” and “Joshua” are essentially the same name.) “Yehoshuah”, according to a commonly accepted theory, means “Yahweh saves”. “Yahweh” is often taken to mean “I am”; and to save, is really to heal, to make whole. So, “Jesus” can be translated as “I make whole what was once divided into two”, which is another way to refer to the realization that “Brahman is all things” or “Aham Brahmasmi”.

    This though process greatly decreases my irritation while living in the South. :-)

    • Ambaa

      I like it! Reminds me of tat tvam asi

    • Naina

      The name Jesus ( originally Greek pronunciation) was earlier pronounced YESU among non-greek europeans, called as Isa or Issa by the Arabs, Joshua or Yoshua by the Hebrews and perhaps even traceable to Ishvara in Sanskrit. Interestingly, the religious-minded Southern Indians whose culture perhaps predates that of the Hebrews, even to this day, refer to Brahman by the alternate name of Isa!