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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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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Is it still patience if you have no choice?

At last my due date is actually within sight. It felt like this time would never come! But now I'm five weeks from the expected arrival of my son. It's absolutely amazing. No matter how many billions of times this has happened before, it is still such a miracle.And it is SO HARD to wait to hold him in my arms, to look into his eyes!One might say that it requires patience to get through the last month of pregnancy, but I don't think I can claim the virtue of patience when there's nothing … [Read more...]


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Toys vs Sacred Objects

When I looked at the Gamaya toy it got me thinking about the different ways in which we create and use images of the Gods.The Gods in temples have been consecrated with sacred ceremonies but the ones that we have in our homes usually have not. A lot of times we have no information about how our murti were created or by whom.I wondered how we distinguish between murti and toy. And then I had two thoughts. First I thought how we treat them distinguishes between them. But then I thought … [Read more...]


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The Baby and My Body

We tend to get very identified with our bodies and see them as "us." It's not an easy habit to see beyond yet pregnancy is kind of a gift in that way. It is an experience that shakes your sense of your body belonging to you.For ten months you share your body with someone else and things you thought were all yours become influenced by someone else. It's not just your torso growing bigger. You and your child are negotiating for the energy that your body has (and the baby always wins). The … [Read more...]


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Yoga In Schools: Asking the Wrong People

There's been a rash of articles recently making fun of parents in a Georgia school district (for non-U.S. readers, that's a state in the "Bible belt") for being upset about yoga being taught at school. The parents apparently called it "anti-Christian propaganda." The liberal circles in which I run immediately called them stupid and ignorant.And while I do agree that yoga is not "anti-Christian" or "propaganda," I have to wonder why no one in any of these articles has ever asked Hindus what … [Read more...]


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No Holi For Me This Year

Today is Holi!It's one of my favorite holidays (see lots of information about it here), but no opportunity for me to celebrate it this year, sadly. It's tough when the rest of the world around you is not celebrating something. Particularly a community celebration like Holi.Almost every year I've lived in Maryland I've gone to the Potomac ISKCON temple near D.C. for their huge Holi event. But this year I accidentally scheduled my baby shower for the same day as their event! I had no idea … [Read more...]


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The Problem Is Larger Than I Thought

I spend so much time within my Hindu community that it's easy for me to forget just how little most non-Indian Americans know about Hinduism. Every once in a while something happens that really opens my eyes to just how out of touch people are.One example is a friend on FB posted this quote from an article (the actual premise of which I am totally on board with!): " "God is not a Christian. God is not a Jew or a Muslim or a Hindi or Buddhist. All of those are human systems, which human … [Read more...]


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White Hindu Voices

In a world of social justice and discussion of cultural misappropriation, this is a subject that has been weighing on my mind for a while. One of the common complaints that people of color have against white people is that white people's voices are louder and heard more than theirs. That our opinions are valued more and paid attention to more. That our thoughts are considered more valid even when speaking about something that is in the culture and history of a person of color.So it is … [Read more...]


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