What Is The Purpose Of Life (Episode Three, A Hindu and a Buddhist Walk Into a Marriage)

Brad and I are back! This time we're talking about what the purpose of life is. And attempting to be a little shorter so we've got a video that's closer to eight minutes than nineteen!https://youtu.be/uvJn3geiCZE  Transcript Ambaa: So what do you think the purpose of life is?Brad: OofAmbaa: To start with an easy one [laugh]Brad: Yeah, to start with an easy one. It's kind-of a...a loaded question. I think it depends on your perspective, because last time we talked about … [Read More...]

I Thought I Was An Introvert But I Was Wrong

The classic way to test if you are an introvert or extrovert is whether being around other people drains you or energizes you. You can still enjoy seeing people but be drained from it. And even introverts have certain people that they are comfortable enough around that it doesn't trigger the draining effect.I always assumed I was an introvert.Throughout my twenties I found that I was overwhelmed by large crowds and big parties. I hated going out to clubs or anything like that because it … [Read More...]

Scripture Study: Bhagavad Gita, book three verses 34 – 35

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... 34. Passion and hatred are seated In the senses in relation to their objects. One should not come under the power of these two; They are indeed one's enemies.35.Better one's own duty though deficient Than the duty of another well … [Read More...]

Yet Another Opinion on CNN, Believers, and Reza Aslan

I have been uncertain what to say about this situation. If you aren't inundated with information about this like I am, CNN just came out with an episode of their show Believers in which Reza Aslan (an expert on Islam and Christianity) showcases various unusual beliefs around the world that featured a very unusual aspect of Hinduism.He visited Hindus called Aghori who practice some very strange things having to do with death including cannibalism.So of course this show is about … [Read More...]

A Hindu & a Buddhist Walk Into a Marriage: What is Religion and Faith?

Have I taught Brad well or what? Look at him all fluent in The Mahabharata! Also it's kind of hilarious how we try to "catch" each other. I think it's a strength of our marriage that we can have fun with that and not get defensive.https://youtu.be/mY9IQlETlsY Transcript [Intro]Ambaa: So you said something really interesting the other day about defining religion by something--by it having both sacred and profane definitions within it? And that that's like why a political party isn't a … [Read More...]

Scripture Study: Bhagavad Gita, book three verses 31-33

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... 31. Men who constantly practice This teaching of Mine, Believing, not sneering, Are also released from the bondage of actions.32. But those who, sneering at this, Do not practice My teaching, Confusing all wisdom, Know them to be lost and … [Read More...]

Roll Call

Priyanka, a friend from the Facebook page, said that she would like to connect with American Hindus and non-Indian Hindus. I thought for a few minutes about how I might help with that and I decided that I should do a post asking people to introduce themselves. So this is that post!Whether you are an Indian Hindu in India, an Indian Hindu in America, a non-Indian Hindu in India, a non-Indian Hindu in America or anything in between, please leave a comment and tell us a little about … [Read More...]

The One and Only American Hindu

To help me get inspiration and keep up with what's happening in my world I have some Google alerts set up. One is for the term "American Hindu." Over the years that I've had this alert, nearly all the time it comes up the phrase "American Hindu" is referring to one particular person. This man seems to have a statement for the press about any and everything that happens related to Hinduism in America. I've found it pretty funny to see if it's going to be him. Every time I get an alert I think, … [Read More...]

Roundup: Videos of non-Indian Hindus (Hindu Converts)

I've started to stumble upon people doing videos about their journey to Hinduism! So pleased to find that. So I thought I'd gather all the ones I could find. Sharing them is not endorsement. I don't always agree with everything these Hindu converts said but I am heartened to see so many finding the joy and satisfaction in Hinduism like I have.First off, here is mine!https://youtu.be/Zz6qSDyxaGcNone of the other people in these videos is in the same tradition as me but it is easy to … [Read More...]

Scripture Study: Bhagavad Gita, book three verses 27 – 30

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... 27. Actions in all cases are performed By the qualities of material nature; He whose mind is confused by egoism Imagines, "I am the doer."28. But he who knows the truth, O Arjuna, About the two roles of the qualities and action, … [Read More...]