The Temple and Women’s Periods

This is not really a subject I ever planned to talk about. But now I realize that I'm not the only one who is questioning tradition on this issue. So I think I need to admit my feelings about it.Okay, to back up for a moment, tradition dictates that a woman is ritually "unclean" during her menstrual period and does not go to the temple or worship during those times when she is bleeding.However, I will admit that I have never followed this rule. I don't think it's anyone's business but … [Read more...]


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Is Widow Burning (Sati) Part of Hinduism? (Criticisms of Hinduism Series)

Sati is the name given to a disturbing practice of Hindu women being so devoted to their husbands that when the husband died, the widow was so overcome with grief that she would leap onto the funeral pyre and burn herself alive. It seems that after a few cases of this it became, for some, a cultural tradition and there are rumors of women being forced onto their husband's funeral pyres in historic Hinduism. So is this practice a part of our religion? Is it condoned by our holy stories?The … [Read more...]


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Bindi Fashion

As much as I love all the deep philosophical pondering I can pack into my life, I am also a girly girl who has a fondness for fashion and beauty.If you've been a reader here for a while then you may remember that I have a strange fascination for head covering fashion blogs, both Muslim and Orthodox Jewish. I gravitate to them and spend hours looking at fashion blogs that include hijabs and other head coverings. Most recently when I was doing it I realized that I felt like these outward signs … [Read more...]


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Book Club: Eat, Pray, Love: Introduction-2

The second book in our book club series is Eat, Pray Love. Is it a Hindu book? Not exactly, but it is very relevant to the experiences of non-Indian Hindus. The author has a Hindu guru (whose identity has been rather easily found out by those familiar with the world of Indian gurus). Julia Roberts after playing the author in the movie claimed to have become a Hindu. So I think it will be worthwhile to examine the experiences and stories that led these women towards Hinduism...In the … [Read more...]


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Book Club: How to Become a Hindu (Chapter Nine)

The well respected Himalayan Academy and their guru Subramuniyaswami put out a book several years ago called How To Become a Hindu. Over the next few weeks I'll be reading the chapters and discussing each one individually. Today we're looking at the ninth chapter: Embracing Hindu Culture(Book can also be downloaded free here: http://www.himalayanacademy.com/view/how-to-become-a-hindu)This guru has had a profound impact on my identity as a Hindu. Not through this book, but through his … [Read more...]


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The Truth About Women and Hinduism

The comments on my post Not All Religions Are The Same took an interesting turn. When I said that being Hindu is something to take pride in, some people said, well what about gang rape and poor treatment of women?So I think it is time for me to address this issue.Hindusim in no way supports the mistreatment of women. Though I say that, I don't want it to sound like I'm dismissing the real plight of women in India. There are problems and we Hindus need to step it up to deal with those … [Read more...]


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Women in Society: The World Before Her

Netflix recommended this documentary to me about beauty contests in India: The World Before Her.It juxtaposes girls in India getting ready for a beauty pageant against girls going to a camp for conservative Hindus and how these different groups view women and beauty differently.It's powerful. It brought up a lot of emotions and thoughts for me.To start with, the people at the conservative camp suggested that the idea that men and women are equals is a western one.I think that … [Read more...]


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I’m Not A “Gori Wife”

There is an entire genre of blogs that are often known as the "Gori Wife Blogs." Gori is a Hindi word for white person and it can be derogative. Some people decided to sort-of "take back" the term and apply it proudly to themselves. Others would fit into the category but don't like to use the word "Gori." However, the word itself isn't my point today.The "Gori Wife" blogs are written by non-Indian women who marry Indian men (Not all are Hindu. Some are Muslim or Sikh).There are lots of … [Read more...]


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Who is Ambaa?

I've spoken about this before, but for the new people: My namesake is a very interesting and rather tragic character from the massive Indian epic The Mahabharata (I first realized that actors aren't big readers when I saw a tabloid magazine do a "what's your favorite book" blurb with different celebrities. One person said his favorite book was The Mahabharata. I was impressed. Until he gave his reason: because it's about the love that went into building the Taj Mahal. *facepalm* I have to wonder … [Read more...]


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