Hindi Lullabies

I've been trying to learn Hindi for a very long time now. I feel ashamed that I'm not further along but I guess part of it is that I compare myself to the end goal of fluency rather than looking back at how far I've come. I've made progress, slow though it has been. And right now all I can see is how much more I have to learn. It's tough but the fact is that I love Hindi and it may be my favorite in the world (sorry, Sanskrit!).I spoke with a good friend about my language learning … [Read more...]


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Quick update

Just wanted to let everyone know that I'm doing okay. Still not feeling good but I got a prescription for Zoloft and I'm giving that a try. My local friends have been coming by and keeping me from getting isolated. I'm hopeful that I'll feel back to myself soon.I want you to know that as down as I feel I am not in any danger. I would never harm myself (particularly knowing that I would just reincarnate and face the same or even worse challenges again!) All will be well, it will just take … [Read more...]


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How To Help Nepal

I've been wanting to talk about the disaster in Nepal but I'm sorry to say that I've been very overwhelmed by the tragedy unfolding a few miles from my home and it has been difficult to focus on anything beyond Baltimore.There isn't much to say about the terrible earthquake. Unfortunately there are those who think that what that is to say is that God is punishing people for not believing in Jesus. I have been shocked to see some very credist tweets from evangelical Christians basically … [Read more...]


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Missing Ilana: 5 years in

Every year on this day I write about the best friend that I lost in 2010.At this point my grief has settled into a groove. Time has healed me somewhat but I think the pain never completely goes away. I still think about Ilana a lot and I think about everything she is missing out on. I wish I could have shared the joys in my life with her and I wish that I could have shared more in the joys of her life. I wish I could have known her children and grandchildren. I wish she had met my … [Read more...]


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My Trip To India 2015

My trip to India is now just days away. This will be my second trip there. I loved it the first time. The moment I set foot on Indian soil I felt like I was coming home. It all felt right. (Yes, I think there's a good chance I lived in India in a recent previous life!)I'm so grateful for the opportunity to return and to travel with my dad and several friends from my childhood. It's going to be such a special trip.Making it even more special, our guru has announced his successor and the … [Read more...]


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My Reputation Precedes Me

I was visiting with a friend and his family last week. One of their friends was asking me a little about the blog. This friend of a friend who I had not met before told me that she asked her Indian coworker about the blog and whether he'd heard of it. He hadn't but apparently his response to hearing there was a blog called The White Hindu was "Are you serious?":-/ Well, in retrospect the people who told me not to name my blog The White Hindu may have been right. That name has certainly … [Read more...]


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Lakshmi: Everything You Need To Know

Lakshmi (or Laxmi) is the Goddess of wealth and prosperity: both in the material sense and the spiritual sense. She is associated with Vishnu, which makes sense because he is the God who maintains the world, so during everyday life, Lakshmi plays a big role.  You may also hear her called Mahalakshmi, which is "Maha" + "Lakshmi," meaning Great Lakshmi. When Vishnu incarnates on earth as an avatar, Lakshmi joins him. Sita and Radha (lovers of Rama and Krishna) were incarnations of Lakshmi. It is … [Read more...]


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Are You Availing Yourself of Hinduism Today’s Resources?

I hope that you all know about the magazine Hinduism Today. It's packed with great information and insightful articles and it's the only publication of its kind. This is the only Hindu based magazine you can get regularly in America! Every issue inspires me and makes me think and consider new things.I wanted to make sure that you all know that it is available for free on the publisher's website. All their books, magazines, and pamphlets are available to read for free as well as to purchase. … [Read more...]


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Studying Tamil

I've been working on learning Hindi for several years now and I'm getting to be pretty good at understanding the basics. My ability to say things is pretty bad, but I'm still working on it (hence writing a story in Hindi for Nanowrimo!)However, I've been thinking for a while that I should start learning a South Indian language. Most of my friends and community are South Indian and so I have little opportunity to practice Hindi. Also, the last time I went to India I couldn't find any Hindi … [Read more...]


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