Roundup: Videos of non-Indian Hindus (Hindu Converts)

I've started to stumble upon people doing videos about their journey to Hinduism! So pleased to find that. So I thought I'd gather all the ones I could find. Sharing them is not endorsement. I don't always agree with everything these Hindu converts said but I am heartened to see so many finding the joy and satisfaction in Hinduism like I have.First off, here is mine!https://youtu.be/Zz6qSDyxaGcNone of the other people in these videos is in the same tradition as me but it is easy to … [Read more...]


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Liberals and Islam

I am very liberal. You should know that about me. But when it comes to Islam I have struggles that set me apart from other liberals. I think for most liberals (and most of my friends) defending Muslims is the same as defending any other minority. We care about people having equality and being safe and having the ability to practice their own beliefs without persecution. We believe in that for everyone (yes even those in the majority, even Christians here and Hindus in India). So I think for my … [Read more...]


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Ishta Devata: A Personal God

The last time I spoke about the concept of an Ishta Devata was actually on my former blog and in 2010! I didn't realize it had been so long ago. Here is what I posted then and I will update with any new thoughts I have seven years later in italics...Dhurga recently mentioned Ishta-Devata in the comments. Simply put, this would be one's personal God.There are many, many, many Gods in Hinduism. Each has different qualities and different personalities. The idea is that out of all those, … [Read more...]


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Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist

There seems to be a misperception that liberals are feeling superior to others when talking about racism. In other words, that we are saying, "You guys are racist. We are so much better because we are not." And being a liberal myself, I don't know anyone who means it that way (though I can't discount that maybe there are some people with that little self awareness).I am not even going to get into systemic racism here at all, but I want to talk about how we all have some very deep-seated … [Read more...]


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Ilana

I can't believe I've lived seven years without my friend Ilana.Time keeps on marching forward (at least from the limited perspective here in maya). Grief is not raw anymore the way it used to be. I think I've accepted that she has moved on to another plane of existence. She still sometimes visits me in my dreams and I cherish that time with her.Now that I have a son I am sad that he will never know his Aunt Ilana. I am sad too that she was not able to experience motherhood, as she so … [Read more...]


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Zero Waste Resolution Update

It's been 15 days! Okay, it's not that impressive that my New Year's Resolution is still on track...but it is and I'm pleased. I'm highly motivated to keep trash out of the landfill and that is guiding me to make decisions and find the energy  to make more things myself. In other words, a whole lot of cooking from scratch. And even when I'm tired, it's worth it to not bring a pile of trash into the house to eat fast food!People often advise me to take things slow, one step at a time. But … [Read more...]


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Garrick Ravi’s Annaprashan

Well I kind of messed this one up. I knew there was a ceremony called Annaprashan sometime in a baby's first year. But the time flew by and when I looked more closely at what it was, I found out that it is the ceremonial feeding of the first solid food. And Garrick Ravi has already started trying solid foods. We started trying them with him to get him to sleep better at night (which, for the record, did not work). He doesn't eat much solid food yet, just bites here and there (and he prefers very … [Read more...]


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It’s Craft Time!

I stumbled across a craft blog that has a ton of interesting and beautiful Hindu-based craft ideas!The first one I came to was a post on how to make faux marigolds. They look stunning and so realistic. I love how she shows a bunch of different ways to use them.I explored some more and found a lot of craft projects that I want to do. She has tons of wonderful ideas and now my mind is dancing with the possibilities of all the holiday decorations I can create.Of course I just want … [Read more...]


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Zero Waste 2017 Challenge

It's coming up on time to make New Year's Resolutions. I love the opportunity for a fresh start and a renewal of enthusiasm. This year my resolution is to get as close to zero waste as I can.I am super enthusiastic to cut back on waste, especially food packaging waste. So here is an overview of where I'm at now and what I hope to accomplish in 2017. Zero waste is a lofty goal and I don't expect to get to the point of keeping a year's worth of waste in a single mason jar, but I can … [Read more...]


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