Does Trump Know You Aren’t Muslim?

If you think Trump can tell the difference between a Muslim and a Hindu, I'm worried for your sanity.He won this election by courting the kinds of Christians who want to make America fully Christian. Maybe they graciously allow a few people of other religions to exist here, but it would be their country. Not only that, but Trump has proudly courted white supremacists. Many of his supporters are people who think that giving equal rights and fair treatment to minorities is an attack on … [Read more...]


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Shiva Lingam Devotion How To

My mother brought me my own Shiva Lingam and so I decided to make a video to show you all how my friends and I do devotions every week at the temple for the Shiva Lingam there... … [Read more...]


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A Temple Buddy At Last!

Despite my decade of identifying as Hindu I still get very self conscious about showing up at a Hindu temple. I think many of you know what that's like. In theory I know everything to do but I'm still so scared of doing things wrong, of having all eyes on me, etc.I've been wanting for a while to find someone to go with me and I wrote before about my Hindu cousin moving closer to the area. But she's still about an hour's drive away without traffic so it hasn't worked out for her to be my … [Read more...]


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How the Internet Changed My Faith

Ever since I was a little girl I longed for community. I didn't feel like I belonged anywhere and I was envious of people who were born into tight-knit communities. My best friend Sarah is Jewish and when we were kids I went to her temple and learned about Judaism from her, seriously considering converting because of the community I saw in her culture. I was fascinated with the Amish who draw together into a tight community against outsiders. The strange thing is I was part of a cultural … [Read more...]


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Radicalized

I'm not quite sure how to say this. I don't want to be misunderstood here. And I'm going to say something that may sound a little outrageous. Please don't have me committed!My trip to India dramatically changed my perspective on the world and I can kind of see how outfits like Isis recruit westerners.We talk about how people become "radicalized" by bad influences. But from their point of view, their eyes are being opened to the truth and everyone who says they've fallen in with a bad … [Read more...]


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Only The Eye of the Bird

My dance teacher posted a message on her Facebook page for new graduates and I thought it was the most perfect message they could get so I'm going to repeat it!For all the new graduates out there, remember what Arjuna said to his teacher, Drona. "I can only see the eye of the bird." It's that tremendous focus that leads to success.And for those who don't know this story, this is part of The Mahabharata. At one point the teacher Drona is teaching the brothers and cousins under his … [Read more...]


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Bhakti Is The Foundation

Advaita Vedanta has a reputation for being very cerebral. It's a path of study, thinking, debating, talking, and learning. In very general terms it seems that if you want the path of study, you become an Advaitan. If you want the path of devotion you become a Vaishnava. If you want action you become a Shivite. If you want mysticism you become a Shakti. But as I've said before, there is a balance of all these different elements and it's a very rare person who can be fully one and not any of the … [Read more...]


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Does Everyone Experience Unity?

As I interact with so many more people every day now, I started to wonder if there are people who go through an entire lifetime without experiencing the serene awe of the universe.I don't mean to cast judgements and I can't know people's life experience from seeing them in a grocery store check out line, but it really seems like some people have a very narrow and dark perspective. Even when I'm mired in the mundane details of life or upset over something in the play, I find that I'm never … [Read more...]


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The Wrong Mantra

I've spoken before about how challenging meditation has been for me. Part of me wants to still my mind but the mind hates that! What a lot of meditation resources leave out is the fact that it is really hard work. Stilling the mind, ceasing thoughts for even a single moment, is enormously challenging.If you're trying meditation you should know that it isn't easy. But you should also know that there are things that could make it a little easier. Such as practicing a style of meditation that … [Read more...]


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