Moral Relativism

Something you've probably noticed about me and that I get accused of a lot is moral relativism. And I realize that it is absolutely an issue for me.I have a lot of trouble declaring anything as definitively right or wrong.Most people have a boundary between dharmic and adharmic things and it's a pretty clear line. I'm sure for different people there are varying degrees of clearness.I find myself often afraid to put myself entirely on one side of a moral issue.I know, I know. … [Read more...]

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Reading the Upanishads: Katha Part Nine

We are doing a scripture study together: reading along through some scriptures and discussing the passages. Today is the ninth post of my favorite Upanishad: The Katha. This is the story of a boy who chatted with the God of death. 6 He verily knows Brahman who knows the First—born, the offspring of austerity, created prior to the waters and dwelling, with the elements, in the cave of the heart. This, verily, is That. 7 He v … [Read more...]

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What Happens When Your Duties Conflict?

A little while back I was reading an article in defense of Lord Rama. Why in defense? Because there are those who feel uncomfortable worshiping him because of what he did to his wife.(For those unfamiliar with the story, Rama's wife Sita is kidnapped and the story of the Ramayana is his quest to get her back. When he finally does, there is no way to fully prove that she has remained "unsullied" by her captor. Even though she walks through fire to prove her "purity", the people will not … [Read more...]

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Hinduism 101: What do Hindus Believe?

I've been perusing through Yahoo answers and it seems like every page or so someone is asking "What do Hindus believe?" Quite an enormous question!I tried to find a post of mine to direct the questioners to, but found nothing. It seems I have not done a broad overview post for those entirely unfamiliar with Hinduism.So here it is: the big overview...  What is Hinduism and What Do Hindus Believe First of all, Hinduism is a word that is used to refer to a vast variety of people and … [Read more...]

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What is Our Duty in Injustice?

The comments on this post got way out of hand and seriously off topic! But it brought up an interesting question for me.  What should our response, as Hindus, be when we hear of injustices in the world?I have to preface this by saying that I have a very hard time trusting any report I hear through the media. There is no news source that doesn't have a bias and it is impossible to share information without putting some kind of slant on it. I grew up in the Internet age: I'm very cynical about … [Read more...]

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