Best of The White Hindu

Because there are some new readers I wanted to highlight a few of the posts that I'm most proud of. I know there's a ton of material here since I write a LOT, so this may help you sort through the chaos a bit...How To Explain HinduismReincarnation: The Truth About Past Lives and More Myths About ReincarnationWhat Makes Me A Hindu? And Why I Am A HinduBeware GurusKrishna is a Myth; Jesus is a MythCan I Convert to Hinduism?Your First Visit To A Hindu TempleNo, I Am N … [Read more...]


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Flashback: Asking Permission

This is a post from my blog before it became a Patheos blog..  Thursday, May 10, 2012Asking PermissionWhen starting to practice a religion that is not your native one, it is natural to look to natives for insight. You want to learn how to behave and how best not to stick out as you master new practices.There is also a tendency to see ones self as lower than the "real" people of the religion. It feels as though we need the permission of a native practicer for every thing … [Read more...]


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Casting Call: New Hindus Ages 16-24

I got a message on my Facebook page from a casting director who is working on a show about religious conversion. I'm sure they won't have much trouble finding people to talk about joining Judaism, or Christianity, or Islam, but it might be more challenging to find people who can talk about becoming Hindu.I really want us to be represented!So if you are new to Hinduism or fairly new and between ages 16 and 24, I hope you'll consider getting in touch with the casting director. I'm not sure … [Read more...]


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I Appreciate The Defense

Every so often there is an article or some comment that calls into question the concept and legitimacy of a white Hindu convert.Luckily it seems to me that every time something like this comes up, there are many people who are quick to disagree and who make eloquent arguments why they are wrong. It means a lot to me to see that. It's hard to have your life called into question as mine sometimes is.I wanted to call attention to two blogs who have come out with defenses of non-Indian … [Read more...]


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Book Coming Soon: The New Hindu Toolkit

I've mentioned now and then that I'm working on a new book and now it is almost ready to be released.My previous book was a collection of posts from my blogger blog, but this one is going to be entirely new material.It's short and to the point!The idea is that it is designed to guide you gently into a Hindu faith community and give you easy steps to take to get started with bringing Hinduism into your life. The second part of the book is common concerns and questions that I try to … [Read more...]


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A Book For Learning Pujas and Prayers

I discovered this book browsing Amazon and last week I ordered it to see what it's like...I have to tell you, this is a really cool book!It's designed to teach children puja steps and prayers to various Gods, so it is clear and bright and easy to read. Unfortunately, in the Amazon version it does not come with the audio CD for hearing the pronunciation of the Sanskrit. Another version is available from their website.There is lots of detail about pujas and how to perform each … [Read more...]


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The Hardest Thing About Blogging

There's something about human nature that no matter how much praise we get, one criticism burns so deeply it seems to negate all the praise and we fixate on that one negative comment.As it turns out, blogging is probably best for people with an ability to brush off criticism. People who have internalized that not everyone is going to love you or love what you're doing. And so be it.I know that in my mind, but my heart has a hard time accepting it.Blogging means putting yourself out … [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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