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...]


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A Site to Connect New Hindus to a Community

Over on Facebook, Lorrie made a comment that got the gears in my head turning. (My husband will tell you I'm always plotting and planning something. I get an idea and then I jump in with both feet!). Anyway, Lorrie said that she has yet to find a home temple and a "temple buddy." The experience has been so wonderful for me that I started wondering if I could somehow connect new Hindus with temple buddies.So I don't know if this will work but I'd like to try it. I'd like to put together a … [Read more...]


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For New Readers

Every once in a while I like to do a post of links to my previous articles because there's a lot of new people who find me through search engines or recommendations and most, I think, are interested in some very specific issues of being a non-Indian Hindu. So rather than have you get lost in day-to-day posts, here are some links to the posts that best explain me and the way I feel about being a convert to Hinduism:My own personal favorite post is How To Explain Hinduism, a guide to dealing … [Read more...]


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Which Is It?

You may have noticed that I talk about how long I've been a Hindu in different ways at different times. Was I born Hindu or did I convert? As with many things, it depends a lot on how you look at it and so I shift how I talk about it depending on context.I like to use the word "convert" because it expresses the unique challenges that come up for people who have cultural or racial barriers to the religion they are practicing. It's true, of course, that most Hindu sects don't have a … [Read more...]


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Book Club: How To Become a Hindu (Introduction)

Other than this blog, the other really big resource for new Hindus is the Himalayan Academy and their books, magazine, and website. I have huge respect for them and I love their books. I've had How To Become a Hindu for many years. There are places where my approach differs from Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, but only a few. I think it will be very instructive for us to explore this handbook for born Hindus and new Hindus and discuss the ideas within. Go to the bottom of this post for links … [Read more...]


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White People Helping

I read an article from Facebook about yet another white person who is out "saving the savages." That might be a little harsh, but there does seem to be this savior complex with white people. We want to fix the world and be do-gooders but the attempts to help often turn out misguided and more than a little racist.A Real Maasai Woman's Thoughts on the White 'Warrior Princess' ChickThis "white person comes to save the non-white people from their own systems" is a very common narrative. We … [Read more...]


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No Wedding Night Sex?

Is this true? Never heard this before! "Well, the joke is on us. I belong to this curious breed called Bengalis (residents of eastern part of India) and we are forbidden from having sex on our wedding night. In fact, we can't even have sex the next night, which is called "Kaal Ratri", which roughly translate to Doomed Night. It's only on the third night that we're allowed to finally share a bed but it's awful sex because the bed is decked out in foul-smelling tuberoses, which don't preserve … [Read more...]


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What is Success?

I have a view of comparison that seems kind of radical based on what I see around me. But given that my biggest struggle in life is with envy, I have tested my position many times over.I believe that comparing ourselves to others is always a mistake.It's probably pretty clear that seeing someone's Facebook-perfect life and wondering why we don't have what they have is harmful. So is comparing our spiritual progress to others.The first problem being that you don't really know the … [Read more...]


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Three Lessons to Learn from Bridezillas

I may have mentioned before that my taste in TV is...well, let's just say that I love all those crazy reality shows. Especially the gossipy ones. Bridezillas has long been one of my guilty pleasures. I'm not sure why I enjoy watching it so much. I think it's just the shock that people could be so mean to their "loved" ones. It's startling!The thing that really struck me this time as I was watching it was that there is something important to learn from these women: perspective.I watch, … [Read more...]


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