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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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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Meet a Guru: Ram Das

Ram Das is an American Hindu (born in the Boston area, just like me!) who I think is most famous for the book Be Here Now. He's not necessarily a guru, per se, but he has taught and explained the ideas given to him by his guru and has a foundation and a following.Wikipedia quotes him as saying, "I help people as a way to work on myself, and I work on myself to help people..."BackgroundRam Das's name was originally Richard Alpert and he was born to a Jewish family in Massachusetts in … [Read more...]


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Day In the Life of the White Hindu

My life is pretty freakin awesome.Sometimes when I get overwhelmed with stupid things and get too engrossed in blowing things out of proportion, I like to take the step back and look at my life as someone from the outside would. It helps me see how wonderful things are in reality. I know that I love to read about people's day to day lives in engrossing detail. I think we all like to catch a glimpse into what other people's lives are like.So today I'm going to take you with me and give … [Read more...]


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Is Mindfulness The Key to Everything?

I discovered this book about charisma when I was waiting in line at Fedex...I've always wanted to be more charismatic, so I decided to give it a try. Her premise is that the ability to command the attention of a room and to be likable in that charismatic way is not something one is either born with or not. It is a skill that can be learned. According to her, charisma is made up of three things: Presence, Power, and Warmth.She spends an awful lot of time in the book working with … [Read more...]


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