Here are some basic ideas to work from that should help you to put together a capsule wardrobe that has plenty of color and pattern. Read more

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:… Read more

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 Study From 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.,… Read more

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… Read more

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,… Read more

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 Study From 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…. Read more

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… Read more

I am very frustrated by Hindus who support Trump. I see many of them on Twitter. During the election I thought it was some kind of joke. But it’s all too real. Why are there pro Trump Hindus? Only because Trump claims to be anti Muslim.  I say claims because it’s pretty clear he’ll do and say whatever gets him the most attention and ego boost.  The Muslim ban isn’t about preventing terrorism. If it was he would ban immigration from… Read more

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!   Transcript Ambaa: So what do you think the purpose of life is? Brad: Oof Ambaa: 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… Read more

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… Read more

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