I Am Not a Statistic

I’m just me. A single human being trying to make sense of the world that I find myself in.

I can’t speak for other Hindus or even other Advaitans. I have my understanding that makes sense to me, but all I can know is my own heart.

There are times when I feel like groups want to claim me for their side, want me to espouse their philosophy, want to add me to their ledger book. But I’m not just a non-Indian Hindu. I’m one person who lives a Hindu life to the best of her ability.

Even as I learn and seek guidance from spiritual teachers, my faith continues to evolve. It never reaches a static end-point. I think we must spend our lives continuing to strive towards new understandings and not become mired in stale thought and understanding. God is vast and there is always a deeper understanding to be found.

I’m not a guru and I’m not a saint. I study and I grow and I learn. Hinduism has been one of the biggest and most important parts of my life for over thirty years, so I think I have some amount of knowledge. But this blog is the story of my journey and my journey alone. It’s not going to look exactly like anyone else’s.

So I’m not here to tell you: this is how you should be and this is what you should do. I’m sharing my experiences, my thoughts, and my journey on the path to moksha.

Happy 2014, everyone!

PoojaMyself App
Shiva, my old friend
Scripture Study: Bhagavad Gita, book two verses 31-34
Language Learning Update
About Ambaa

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.


    First, Happy new year to both of you, or should I say “Sal mubarak”. I think being happy is more important then money, I’m not saying money is not important, but being happy is more so then the money. I discovered that hard way. :)

    And also first happy birthday for your blog as well. It is exactly one year since I started reading your blog, and guess what? I haven’t stopped. Keep writing and I wish you all the best for the new year. BTW, I have enjoyed every moment communicating with you on our faith even tho some times when we have not seen eye to eye but I guess that’s the way things are in the world and I mean that in nice way. :)

    All best for 2014 to both of you and if you want to speak to me, send me an Email.

    • Ambaa

      It’s been a pleasure for me as well! Thanks for reading and being with me on my blog’s journey!

  • Maya Resnikoff

    Happy New Year to you as well. Speaking for yourself and not for all members of your religious group is one of those things that is both the only way to be honest, and sometimes hard to do. It’s also a ground rule for the more interesting sort of interfaith dialog.

    And yet I sometimes get side-tracked when I’m thinking about other religions- you know, “Muslims believe x” or “Christians believe y”, even though I know better. It’s a hard thing to break out of, even though I know if feels lousy from the other side of the conversation. I appreciate the reminder.

    • Ambaa

      So true! I’m sure it’s a tendency of human brains to try to make broad classifications.