Reflections on the Week

I came to my computer to write a post and found that my cat is sleeping peacefully on my desk chair. He's too cute to move so I'm typing the best I can around him.This past Friday was Karwa Chauth. Last year I missed it completely. Didn't know it was happening until it was over. This year I knew it was coming but there was no way I could fast. And because of that I didn't really observe it much at all. My awareness of it happening came and went throughout the day. Hopefully next year Brad … [Read more...]


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Hindu Names for American Babies

We have been thinking a lot about baby names recently. Hindu tradition is that you wait to name a baby until after it is born. The astrological chart is used to determine the best syllable to start the name with. We have decided, however, to follow American tradition of having names picked out and ready.I want my children to have a Hindu name. They don't necessarily have to go by it but I'd like them to have the option. I also decided that I would pick Hindu names that are easy for Americans … [Read more...]


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Spiritual Crisis and Healing

I told you a while back that I would explain what I was doing at a Catholic church recently. After reading Post Traumatic Church Syndrome and having energy work done on me, I felt really inspired and moved to heal myself from the bitterness and anger I carry towards Christianity.Having that in my psyche is not helping me. It's not productive. It's really only hurting me. I've known for years that it's something I need to let go of but I haven't felt ready. I can't explain why it took about … [Read more...]


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Philosophical Differences

Last week Brad and I had the pleasure of visiting an ISKCON center and enjoying some bhajans, chanting, and Gita discussion. It was a wonderful atmosphere and very uplifting to be among fellow spiritual seekers.It's not often, I find, that as a Hindu I'm presented with a fundamental philosophical difference between branches. Usually you can just go to any Hindu function, event, or location and know what to expect. There's a great deal of similarity of practice among various Hindu … [Read more...]


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The Welcome Wagon

One complaint that people sometimes have trying to get started in Hinduism is not feeling welcome. Feeling ignored, in fact.I've come to understand that most Hindu temples and organizations are just not at all used to people showing up who aren't intimately familiar with what to do. And I've also found that there's a real advantage to that. You can show up and have deep private time with God without anyone bothering you. You set the pace of your worship. Also if you are outgoing, f … [Read more...]


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In What World Is This Okay?

Update: We were put in touch with an insurance broker who will be able to get us coverage for Jan 2016. We will hopefully never have to deal with the incompetent mess at Maryland Health Connection ever again. The broker told us that she has heard many horror stories about the problems at MD Health Connection and a lawyer friend said he heard there may be a class action lawsuit against them at some point. I hope so. The way that people are being treated is really unacceptable. And I say that as a … [Read more...]


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Miracles and Gurus

I think I am a great example of how important it is to be patient and cautious when waiting for a guru. I've always advised you to exercise great care before dedicating yourself to a spiritual leader. You have the Truth within you and you shouldn't give your power over to someone who doesn't deserve it. And the vast majority of spiritual leaders don't deserve it. There's a lot of frauds out there and there's a lot of misguided people who become leaders because of not pure motives and still have … [Read more...]


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My Life in Hindu Holidays

I've had some really special moments of my life happen around Hindu holidays. We got married the day after Krishna Janmashtami and got to rock baby Krishna at the temple during our wedding ceremony. And this year it was the morning of Ganesh Chaturthi that I got a definitely positive pregnancy test.Today I go in to the doctor for my second blood test to make sure everything is progressing well, but I'm at four and half weeks pregnant right now and all the signs are looking good.I'm … [Read more...]


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Energy Work Gives Me New Perspective

A friend of mine who traveled with me in India this previous trip works in the healing field. She does physical healing as well as energy work to heal on the subtle level. When she heard that I've been struggling with fertility she offered to take a look and do some energy work with me.I warned her that I've never felt the energy and she told me to do some light activity while she was working long distance. Not meditation, interestingly. She said it's important to be connected with my body. … [Read more...]


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