Sunday School for Hindus

Sunday school is religious education for kids. The vast majority of churches have these programs during Sunday morning services so that's where the name comes from. As Brad and I await the birth of our son, we are thinking about religious education for his future. There are various Hindu programs in America to choose from. Chinmaya Mission Balvihar  Using fun activities to teach Hindu values. Chinmaya Mission's founder says children are not empty vessels to be filled but lamps to be lit. … [Read more...]


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The Temple and Women’s Periods

This is not really a subject I ever planned to talk about. But now I realize that I'm not the only one who is questioning tradition on this issue. So I think I need to admit my feelings about it.Okay, to back up for a moment, tradition dictates that a woman is ritually "unclean" during her menstrual period and does not go to the temple or worship during those times when she is bleeding.However, I will admit that I have never followed this rule. I don't think it's anyone's business but … [Read more...]


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Is it still patience if you have no choice?

At last my due date is actually within sight. It felt like this time would never come! But now I'm five weeks from the expected arrival of my son. It's absolutely amazing. No matter how many billions of times this has happened before, it is still such a miracle.And it is SO HARD to wait to hold him in my arms, to look into his eyes!One might say that it requires patience to get through the last month of pregnancy, but I don't think I can claim the virtue of patience when there's nothing … [Read more...]


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When I Disagree with Feminism

Note: Now that this article has been posted on the Patheos main page, I've gotten a lot of anger about it. I feel that I made a big mis-step in writing out these thoughts. You guys who know me know that I like to ponder things "out loud" through writing and I'm not trying to make the argument that I'm the one who is right about everything. I wanted to bring up these issues because they are things that I've been thinking about. But I guess I should have kept my mouth shut. Most of the time I … [Read more...]


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Misplaced Guilt

I'm not sure if guilt is quite the right word. Kind of a mix of guilt, shame, embarrassment? Whatever it is, I'm super prone to it. I feel it particularly about my past. I'm embarrassed and guilty about things I did as a kid. Sometimes just normal kid things. Every temper tantrum I ever had I am ashamed of. I feel bad for every moment of greed or selfishness.And I don't just feel it for myself. I feel it on behalf of other people. I remember when my dad told me a story from his childhood. He … [Read more...]


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Yoga In Schools: Asking the Wrong People

There's been a rash of articles recently making fun of parents in a Georgia school district (for non-U.S. readers, that's a state in the "Bible belt") for being upset about yoga being taught at school. The parents apparently called it "anti-Christian propaganda." The liberal circles in which I run immediately called them stupid and ignorant.And while I do agree that yoga is not "anti-Christian" or "propaganda," I have to wonder why no one in any of these articles has ever asked Hindus what … [Read more...]


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The Problem Is Larger Than I Thought

I spend so much time within my Hindu community that it's easy for me to forget just how little most non-Indian Americans know about Hinduism. Every once in a while something happens that really opens my eyes to just how out of touch people are.One example is a friend on FB posted this quote from an article (the actual premise of which I am totally on board with!): " "God is not a Christian. God is not a Jew or a Muslim or a Hindi or Buddhist. All of those are human systems, which human … [Read more...]


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The Baby Battle Plan

Brad and I have spent a lot of time planning and discussing how we want to raise our son (perhaps me a bit more than him with the research and obsessing!) All the while I realize that things never go according to plan. I am reminded of the saying of (apparently) Helmuth von Moltke who said "No battle plan survives contact with the enemy" (thanks to my friend Jeramy for introducing me to this saying). I realize that sounds like I'm calling my baby the enemy but that's not the intention. What I … [Read more...]


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White Hindu Voices

In a world of social justice and discussion of cultural misappropriation, this is a subject that has been weighing on my mind for a while. One of the common complaints that people of color have against white people is that white people's voices are louder and heard more than theirs. That our opinions are valued more and paid attention to more. That our thoughts are considered more valid even when speaking about something that is in the culture and history of a person of color.So it is … [Read more...]


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