Reading the Upanishads: Part Eight

I thought it would be nice to read along through some scriptures and discuss the passages. I have a translation of the Upanishads done by Eknath Easwaran, a teacher whom I deeply trust and love. In this book there is an introduction before each translation with some insight from Easwaran.Here is a link to the Amazon page for the book I have:The eighth verse of the Easwaran translation of the Isha Upanishad is... The Self is everywhere. Bright is the Self,Indivisible, untouched by … [Read more...]


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Hinduism and Abortion

Yesterday we had a comment from our friend Doug asking for more information about Hinduism's moral stances: Can you do a post on Hinduism’s stance on relavent moral issues (at least in America) like abortion, same-sex marriage, contraception, etc.? From your older posts, it sounds like Hindu morality is rather subjective and varies from person to person. If that’s case, what’s the point? Is Hinduism even concerned with/have a stance on these issues? The first thing to address is whether Hindu … [Read more...]


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Your Choice: Christian or Jewish

I love that we've picked an all in one caterer/venue/planner for our wedding. It makes the whole thing a lot simpler to plan. I can just rely on them to fill in a lot of the details!Of course they are used to producing standard, cookie-cutter, western weddings and ours is anything but! You get a choice of the color of your table cloths, but they aren't really prepared for changes bigger than that.Our site has a lovely online planning portal to help you organize the details of your day. … [Read more...]


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Reading the Upanishads: Part Seven

I thought it would be nice to read along through some scriptures and discuss the passages. I have a translation of the Upanishads done by Eknath Easwaran, a teacher whom I deeply trust and love. In this book there is an introduction before each translation with some insight from Easwaran.Here is a link to the Amazon page for the book I have:The seventh verse of the Easwaran translation of the Isha Upanishad is... Those who see all creatures in themselvesAnd themselves in all … [Read more...]


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Meet a Guru: Gurumayi

A woman known as Gurumayi Chidvilasananda is the current leader of the Siddha Yoga tradition.BackgroundThe path was founded by Swami Muktananda based on teachings from his guru Bhagawan Nityananda. It was in 1975 that Muktananda began opening ashrams and schools in America.Gurumayi started in the tradition as a child in India. Her parents brought her and her brother to study with Muktanada in the 1950s. By 14 she had her official initiation ("shaktipat") and she lived at the ashram. M … [Read more...]


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Ambaa’s Holi

Did I play Holi? Oh yes. Yes, I did!Early Saturday morning we drove down to the ISKON temple and they were all ready for us. I went with my fiance and my very good friend and his girlfriend, so there were four of us all together.First we stopped in at the temple and I bowed to the Gods, then we went to the parking lot where colors were already flying. The energy was fantastic. Everyone was pumped up and laughing and having a great time. There was music in the background and a guy who … [Read more...]


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Does a New Religion Mean a New Name?

It's pretty common when someone converts to a religion to take a name that lines up with the new religion's traditions. Even though Hinduism doesn't always support the notion of "convert" you can still see a number of non-Indian Hindus who traded names from other traditions for Hindu names. Ram Dass, for example.You know me as Ambaa, but I am not called that in real life.I've said before that I don't want to disrespect my parents by rejecting the name they gave me.On the other hand, … [Read more...]


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Meet a Goddess: Kali

Kali is a powerfully interesting goddess. She defies expectation and turns cultural expectations on their heads. A modern woman can really relate to her life outside of social norms.She is not beautiful by the standards of society. She is full of the kind of female power that terrifies most people.Kali is a goddess of death, of time, of change. She is often shown with blood dripping from her mouth and the severed heads of men decorating her … [Read more...]


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Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?

That question has haunted religious people for thousands of years. I remember reading Rabbi Kushner's book When Bad Things Happen to Good People when I was in high school and I was disappointed by his conclusion. His answer to that question? Because God is limited. He'd like to help, but sometimes He can't.Seriously? That's not an answer I can accept. God does not have limits.There are many books on this subject, struggling to give an answer to this perplexing problem. We want to believe … [Read more...]


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