Bigger the Murti More Powerful the God?

I heard someone ask this question and I was intrigued because it had never occurred to me. Do we measure divinity by the physical space that something occupies? If God is in everything, is there more God in a boulder than in a pebble? If a pebble is one part divinity, is the boulder 500 parts divinity?I don't think so, personally, but it's a very interesting idea.I am reminded of a story I was told growing up. A poor man in a village is getting completely destitute. Some of his only … [Read more...]


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Do The Gods Get Jealous of One Another? {Newbie Question}

Someone recently asked me this question and it really surprised me. It's not something that ever occurred to me. But I can see what she meant. Like if one God has more worshipers than another do they rub it in each other's faces?At first this seemed pretty ridiculous to me. But then I thought about all the stories and myths around the Gods and some of those stories do involve competitiveness and one-upmanship.At first I think that since all Gods are in reality One then it doesn't make … [Read more...]


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At Ganapati’s Feet: book review

I was sent this delightful little book by the author in return for an honest review. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was totally inspired by him.At Ganapati's Feet by David Dillard-Wright It has the simple eloquence that cuts right through you just like so many of Hinduism's great spiritual leaders. It reminds me a lot of reading Eswaran commentary. The first part is the author's story of how he became connected to Sri Ganesha along with some thoughts about Hindu philosophy. For e … [Read more...]


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Happy Mahashivratri!

Lord Shiva's blessings to you all! Thank you for being part of this journey with me! If you missed it, here is my post with information on how to celebrate: Mahashivratri is Coming Up … [Read more...]


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Ganesha: Everything You Need to Know

Ganesha is the elephant-headed God that is beloved by nearly all Hindus. Regardless of sect, branch, region, or family, it would be rare to find a Hindu who didn't have a Ganesh murti or some type of Ganesh symbol. Why Worship Ganesha* Stories * Symbolism * Holidays * How He Is Worshiped * Mantras and BhajansWhy Worship Ganesha? Ganesha is known as the remover of obstacles (Vighneshwara). He is the one to pray to before starting any new endeavor. Often he is also honored first before sta … [Read more...]


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Brahma: Everything You Need to Know

Brahma as a God is a little different from the other two in the trinity. He is less often worshiped directly. Perhaps because he is preoccupied with creation. Perhaps because he was cursed to be worshiped less. Perhaps because creation is done and now preservation and destruction are closer to us and our experience.Brahma v.s. Brahman*Why Worship Brahma* Stories*Symbolism*Worship*Brahma v.s. Brahman This can get a bit confusing, but Brahman is the word for the concept of the universal … [Read more...]


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Coincidence? I Think Not

My husband, a bit of a comic book nerd, pointed this picture out to me yesterday...Looks like Ganesha, right?It's actually an illustration of "brother Warth" a "blue lantern" character from the Green Lantern comic book series. No doubt he was based on Sri Ganesha, though. Check out the picture of him wearing Indian clothes...On the one hand, it's nice to see Hindu influence in popular culture. On the other hand, there doesn't seem to be much acknowledgment of where the … [Read more...]


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Vishnu: Everything You Need To Know

Vishnu (Vish-nuu or Wish-nuu) is another member of the Hindu trinity. It is Vishnu who represents preservation. He maintains the world and so he is very popular for woship. A branch of Hinduism views Vishnu as the ultimate Lord of all. That branch is called Vaishnava. Many people who follow Vishnu in particular are highly devotional, hence the people that you'll encounter who lose themselves in singing Hare Krishna; Hare Rama! Those are manifestations of Vishnu, the God who comes to earth and … [Read more...]


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Indian Hindu Voices: Abhimanyu

Today I have an interview with a friend from Twitter. What a great name Abhimanyu is! I cry every time at his story in Mahabharata. We both have Mahabharata names! :)Anyway, Abhimanyu was kind enough to answer some interview questions about Hinduism in his life. (My notes in italics).1) Can you tell us a little about yourself? Your religious background? Where you live?I am 21 and Hindu. I was born in Gaya (where Buddha got enlightenment)  but presently living in Chennai.2) … [Read more...]


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