I’m not quite sure how to say this. I don’t want to be misunderstood here. And I’m going to say something that may sound a little outrageous. Please don’t have me committed! My trip to India dramatically changed my perspective on the world and I can kind of see how outfits like Isis recruit westerners. We talk about how people become “radicalized” by bad influences. But from their point of view, their eyes are being opened to the truth and… Read more

I’ve been watching this show called My Crazy Obsession. The TV loves to show me these things. A peek into a life that’s a little different from most, one in which someone has devoted an enormous amount of time and energy to things most of us never think about. Like troll dolls or rabbits. And we’re so riveted and fascinated by these people whose lives revolve around things the rest of us don’t pay attention to. The thing that really… Read more

We are doing a scripture study together: reading along through some scriptures and discussing the passages. From the Winthrop Sargeant translation of The Gita… 1. Arjuna spoke: If it is Your conviction that knowledge Is better than action, O Krishna, Then why do You urge me to engage in this terrible action? 2. With speech that seems equivocal, You confuse my intelligence. Tell me surely this one thing: How should I attain the highest good? 3. The Blessed Lord spoke; In… Read more

I was reading an article in Hinduism Today about Varanasi, which is  a place where people say if you die there you gain liberation from the cycle of death and rebirth. They spoke to someone there who is a worker at a hospice care center there and she said that she sees many people come to Varanasi to die but most still have attachments and will be reborn. Very few are really ready for liberation. No surprise, since enlightenment is… Read more

I don’t buy cookbooks anymore because Pinterest has so many recipes and you can look up any kind of diet restriction there. However, when I got this book out of the library I knew that I had to own it. It’s called But I Could Never Go Vegan. This is a great cookbook for people like me who have a moral desire to eat vegetarian or vegan but who are used to and still crave classic American food. That may… Read more

We are doing a scripture study together: reading along through some scriptures and discussing the passages. From the Winthrop Sargeant translation of The Gita… 70. Like the ocean, which becomes filled yet remains unmoved and stands still As the waters enter it, He whom all desires enter and who remains unmoved attains peace; not so the man who is full of desire. 71. The man who abandons all desires Acts free from longing. Indifferent to possessions, free from egoticism, He attains… Read more

Anyone will tell you that the modern world moves very fast. There is a frantic pace of life where no matter how much you do it is never enough. This isn’t as new as we tend to think. I suspect it’s been this way at least since the Industrial Revolution. We actually have more chance to relax now than we did then since now we have the concept of a weekend, we have days off. The bedrock of American culture… Read more

For my other life I happened to be at this huge book conference in NYC last week: Book Expo America. I was not there as Ambaa and yet I kept stumbling across things of interest to me as a Hindu. I got some free books that I’m excited to review and share with you. The most exciting to me is this lovely children’s book about Karna: Karna: The Greatest Archer In The World The author has a whole series of… Read more

My dance teacher posted a message on her Facebook page for new graduates and I thought it was the most perfect message they could get so I’m going to repeat it! For all the new graduates out there, remember what Arjuna said to his teacher, Drona. “I can only see the eye of the bird.”  It’s that tremendous focus that leads to success. And for those who don’t know this story, this is part of The Mahabharata. At one point… Read more

We are doing a scripture study together: reading along through some scriptures and discussing the passages. From the Winthrop Sargeant translation of The Gita… 66. There is no wisdom in him who is uncontrolled, And there is likewise no concentration in him who is uncontrolled, And in him who does not concentrate, there is no peace. How can there be happiness for him who is not peaceful? 67. When the mind runs After the wandering senses, Then it carries away one’s… Read more

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