The Wrong Mantra


I've spoken before about how challenging meditation has been for me. Part of me wants to still my mind but the mind hates that! What a lot of meditation resources leave out is the fact that it is really hard work. Stilling the mind, ceasing thoughts for even a single moment, is enormously challenging.If you're trying meditation you should know that it isn't easy. But you should also know that there are things that could make it a little easier. Such as practicing a style of meditation that … [Read more...]

The Paradox of Prayer in AARP Magazine

My mother handed me one of her AARP magazines to read about Bob Dylan, but I kept reading finding lots of good articles. I stumbled across this one about prayer and it was very interesting. It was asking the question why people pray more often as they get older when being older means also experiencing many more times that prayers seem to go unanswered.Prayer is an interesting subject to me. I don't relate to the type of prayer I see around me so often, the begging for something prayer, the … [Read more...]

Scripture Study: Bhagavad Gita, book two verses 42-46


We are doing a scripture study together: reading along through some scriptures and discussing the passages.From the Winthrop Sargeant translation of The Gita... 42. The ignorant ones proclaim This flowery discourse, Arjuna, Delighting in the letter of the Veda And saying, "There is nothing else."43. Full of desires, intent on heaven, They offer rebirth as the fruit of action, And are addicted to many specific rites Aimed at the goal of enjoyment and power.44. To those (the … [Read more...]

Visiting in MA

Brad and I have come to Massachusetts to celebrate my mom's birthday. After a family brunch, we went out to a kirtan singing that my mom put together with her friend Lata (I'm pretty certain that if you're Indian and you live in MA, you know Lata).As we sat and sang, Lata's gorgeous voice blending with her harmonium, it struck me how very lucky I am to have this family.So many non-Indian new Hindus that I speak to are dealing with families who don't know anything about Hinduism, who are … [Read more...]

Scenes from a Grocery Store

I've been working at the grocery store for about a month now and it hasn't been what I expected. Surprisingly, I actually really like it there. It's getting me out of the house and also out of my own head, which is more of a blessing than I realized. I had no idea how deeply I'd been living in just rumination and mental exercise until I stepped out of it for a little bit each day and it was so refreshing. I feel like I've kind of reset myself.I've felt contentment and joy in ways that I … [Read more...]

Guest Post: From Atheism to Hinduism

As I've said before, I know a lot of atheists and am very comfortable with most atheists. We have one really big thing in common: frustration at the way evangelical religions operate. So I enjoy atheist blogs because I can relate to that.It has always struck me as odd, though, that it seems like many atheists go from Christian to nothing and never consider any other possibilities!Once they stop believing in the Christian God it's like there couldn't possibly be a way to believe in … [Read more...]

At Ganapati’s Feet: book review


I was sent this delightful little book by the author in return for an honest review. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was totally inspired by him.At Ganapati's Feet by David Dillard-Wright It has the simple eloquence that cuts right through you just like so many of Hinduism's great spiritual leaders. It reminds me a lot of reading Eswaran commentary. The first part is the author's story of how he became connected to Sri Ganesha along with some thoughts about Hindu philosophy. For e … [Read more...]

Flashback: Asking Permission

This is a post from my blog before it became a Patheos blog..  Thursday, May 10, 2012Asking PermissionWhen starting to practice a religion that is not your native one, it is natural to look to natives for insight. You want to learn how to behave and how best not to stick out as you master new practices.There is also a tendency to see ones self as lower than the "real" people of the religion. It feels as though we need the permission of a native practicer for every thing … [Read more...]

India’s Daughter, My Reaction

It took me some time to think about how I feel about this film India's Daughter so I'm late to the discussion. Having thought it through, here is my reaction... Number one, it frustrates me a lot that programs like this make it sound like India is this horrible "other" place where terrible things happen to women all the time. It gives the west a terrible impression of India and makes many westerners feel justified in looking down on India and Indians.I've said it before, just as the p … [Read more...]