Hinduism Is Different

I'm getting rather frustrated by people dismissing all religions as being basically the same. What I mean is that many of my friends are atheists. They are all wonderful. They are respectful of different points of view and they are highly moral people. I adore them. But I've noticed that many of them and the other Americans around me have a very binary view on religion. Either you believe in the Abrahamic conception of God or you don't believe at all. I was having a conversation with some … [Read More...]

Are Montessori Schools Christian?

Are Montessori schools Christian? This is a question that someone asked me when she was looking for schools for her daughter. My husband is a teacher at a Montessori school and went through the full Montessori training four years ago. The Montessori method of schooling is quite a unique one, very different from what most Americans experience in school.Having watched as my husband went through the training, I'm very impressed with the system. It has a lot of great ideas and a lot going for … [Read More...]

Haven’t I Done This Already?

An old friend of my husband's recently took the first vows towards becoming a Buddhist nun. I didn't know this, but apparently there are some 300 vows on the road to being a Buddhist nun. Hearing about her choice brought up an old nagging feeling that I've often had. I used to feel much more torn about the direction I should go in my life.I had the good fortune to be born into a family that had access to and an understanding of the world's most profound philosophy. I knew that our purpose … [Read More...]

What Does Om Really Mean?

You've seen it, you've heard it. People say Om in yoga class, or when making fun of bohemian hippie types. There are puns and you can get an Om symbol emblazoned on anything. Anything at all. But what does OM really mean?It isn't a word per say. It is a sound and a symbol that represent the vibration of the entire universe.This is what the symbol looks like (not counting the circle):Om is sometimes written Ohm or Aum. It actually comes from three letters put together: Ah-Ooo-Ma … [Read More...]

That’s Racist

As I've expanded my Youtube channel I have come into contact with a new audience. The majority of my viewers are in India and the second most viewers are in the UAE. So through the comments I'm getting a much closer look at the way Muslims and other non-Hindus in India view Hinduism. I must admit I find it quite shocking.The challenges facing Hindus in the U.S. are very different from those facing Hindus in India. Here in America Hindus make up less than 4% of the population so not much is … [Read More...]

Is Organic Milk Bad For Cows?

Garrick Ravi and I went on a dairy farm tour with my moms' group recently. It was very interesting. We got to see the cows, and the pregnant cows, and the baby cows. We pet a bunch of baby cows too.The tour guide was telling us about the farm and mentioned something that surprised me. I mean, it makes sense but I never thought of it before.In order to be classified as "organic" milk, the cows cannot be given antibiotics. Which is usually a good thing. We struggle with cows being … [Read More...]

Belief v.s. Practice

My husband made a comment here on the blog a few days ago that really struck a chord with me about the difference between belief and practice in religion. It's on this post: What Is The Purpose of Life?Michael Rogers • a month agoI'm sad to read all this superstitious material concerning Buddhism, (my dictionary defines superstition as beliefs in concepts that are un supportable) What I have read about Buddhism is that it isn't a belief system but should survive empirical de … [Read More...]

Scripture Study: Bhagavad Gita, book four, verses 16-18

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 Bhagavad Gita... 16. "What is action? What is inaction?" Thus, even the wise are confused in this matter. This action I shall explain to you, Having known which, you shall be released from evil.17. One must know the nature of action, The nature of … [Read More...]

Lesser Known Hindu Festivals

I wager that Hindus may have the most festivals or holidays of any religion in the world. There are some big ones that most people have heard of by now. Diwali is the one that I think most westerners can identify. Some with Indian friends may know Holi, Navratri, Ram Navami, Ganesh Chaturthi, Krishna Janmashtami or Pongol.But did you know that there are actually many more Hindu festivals?By Hitesh vip - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link If you put together all the regions in which Hindus … [Read More...]

How Do You Explain a Bindi to Kids?

I'm having a dilema. You guys know I love wearing my bindi. I find it important not just for its purported spiritual benefits but also as a reminder to myself of my values and who I strive to be and as a way of reminding others of the diversity of our society. However, things have gotten more complicated for me.I'm a member of a wonderful mom's group. I have awesome new friends and it's a very diverse group too. Some of the kids are as young as Garrick Ravi and others are a little older. … [Read More...]