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

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… 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

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… Read more

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. 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… 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… 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

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… Read more

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… Read more

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