What To Wear to an Indian Wedding

I thought it might be helpful to write a little bit about what you should wear to an Indian wedding. This is a question that I get from the people in my life on occasion. I can't say that I've been to that many Indian weddings, but perhaps more than most. I've been to, let's see, at least three including my own. That's not a whole lot, but here's what I've gleaned...Many of my tips are similar to my tips for what to wear to a Hindu temple. Be prepared to potentially need to take your … [Read More...]

Reclaiming the Swastika: Now Is Not The Time

I've been hearing some rumblings of reclaiming the swastika symbol. As you may know, Hitler stole the swastika as a symbol for his Nazi party. This was due to a misunderstanding about what an Aryan is (and that misunderstanding is still being used against Indian Hindus today in incredibly racist ways, basically trying to tell Indians that all their wonderful philosophy was created by white people, which is ridiculous). I've written before about how the swastika has two very different meanings … [Read More...]

Scripture Study: Bhagavad Gita, book three verses 42-43

We are doing a scripture study together: reading along through some scriptures and discussing the passages. Here are all of the posts on the previous verses for the Gita: Bhagavad Gita StudyFrom the Winthrop Sargeant translation of The Gita... 42. They say that the senses are superior. The mind is superior to the senses Moreover, the intellect is superior to the mind That which is superior to the intellect is the Self.43. Thus having known that which is higher than the … [Read More...]

Capsule Wardrobe For People Who Love Color and Print

I love to dress with color and prints! I am never going to be a person who is happy with a wardrobe of all black, white, and gray (though I do love me some gray). Capsule wardrobes are the concept of having a small number of clothes that all mix and match with each other to create a variety of outfits. In order to make them versatile, a lot of proponents use basics in neutral colors. But I don't think you need to do that!The beauty of a capsule wardrobe is that it's easy to know what you … [Read More...]

Tapestory Intercommunity Unity

I used to take dance classes with a girl named Kakoli. I hadn't seen her in probably about seven years, but when she suddenly posted on Facebook about an interfaith/inter-community workshop, I had to be there! Right up my alley plus I saw in pictures from previous workshops that there were hijab-wearing Muslims there so I saw an opportunity to connect with some religious Muslims on a personal level.It turned out that the program is run by Kakoli's foundation: Shramani Institute. Like, my … [Read More...]

Scripture Study: Bhagavad Gita, book three verses 39 – 41

We are doing a scripture study together: reading along through some scriptures and discussing the passages. Here are all of the posts on the previous verses for the Gita: Bhagavad Gita StudyFrom the Winthrop Sargeant translation of The Gita... 39. O Arjuna, the knowledge even of the wise ones is obscured But this eternal enemy, Having the form of desire, Which is as insatiable as fire.40. The senses, the mind, and the intellect Are said to be its (i.e., the eternal enemy's) … [Read More...]

The Intentions of the Founding Fathers: Christian Nation?

There's a raging debate in America about whether America is primarily a "Christian nation." The debate rests on what the founding fathers intended when they put together their plan for what America could be.Us liberals say that freedom of religion is paramount to all that America stands for, that it was created as a place where people could be certain of being free to practice religion or lack of religion in whatever way worked for them (presuming it didn't involve physically hurting others. … [Read More...]

The White Hindu Tries…Freehand Rangoli

I've been doing some videos where I try things for the first time and record the results. I thought it would be fun to watch me attempt to do new things. If you have any ideas for other things I could put into a "The White Hindu Tries..." series, please let me know! (And see below for a list of videos that are already done).This time I am going to try freehand rangoli. Rangoli is a type of decoration, it is bright patterns made with a colored sand or rice flour sifted through one's hand. … [Read More...]

Scripture Study: Bhagavad Gita, book three verses 36 – 38

We are doing a scripture study together: reading along through some scriptures and discussing the passages. Here are all of the posts on the previous verses for the Gita: Bhagavad Gita StudyFrom the Winthrop Sargeant translation of The Gita... 36. Arjuna spoke: Then impelled, by what Does a man commit this evil, Unwillingly even, O Krishna, As if urged by force?37. The Blessed Lord spoke: This force is desire, this force is anger; Its source is the rajas guna. Voracious and … [Read More...]

Can a bad person be saved? Interfaith Answers

I got a comment on Youtube asking me an old classic question that religious people wrestle with. I thought it would be fun and interesting to get answers from a bunch of my colleagues here at Patheos. Here is the question (I am paraphrasing. The original was a bit disturbing in its detail!): If a man behaves terribly his whole life, rapes, murders, etc. And then realizes the error of his ways. Does he get heaven/moksha/nirvana/reward? What does he have to do for forgiveness? Can he gain it at … [Read More...]