Thank You, Anu

My friend Anu hosted a wonderful Navratri get-together for our mom's group. Her parents were there and her mother had set up a lovely gollu. It was so nice. I had a great time.Navratri is my favorite holiday and it's so wonderful when you get to participate in it with other people. … [Read more...]


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Is Happiness The Point?

We were visiting friends in Ohio last week when this question came up. We were talking about a relative who seemed to be going down a sad path, one in which she was encouraged not to think for herself or question anything. She expresses a desire to marry very young with a courtship and not kiss until her wedding day. Which is not necessarily a bad thing, of course, but one wonders if she truly desires those things or if it's something she's been told to want. It's hard not to worry that people … [Read more...]


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Reincarnating Aliens

I ran across this interesting article about the statistical likelihood of the existence of aliens. Usually I would dismiss such things, but this article showed a fascinating analysis of scientific data to suggest that it would be wildly unlikely that an "advanced" alien civilization has never existed (though none might exist at this current time). Definitely worth a read.One thing that I kept thinking about as I read is how that possibility impacts reincarnation.Do our souls sometimes i … [Read more...]


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He’s Here! Meet Garrick Ravi…

I am in a little bit of awe and it's hard to take the enormity of this experience and express it. It's hard to access my usual reflective thoughts in the midst of something so staggering and grand.Our son was born exactly one week before his due date, last Saturday May 21st. He is three days old today.The experience of labor and delivery was unlike anything I ever could have imagined. None of my plans or research meant anything. Even though it went well, it was still brutal. Childbirth … [Read more...]


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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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