A Visit with Mormons

The last time a pair of Mormon missionaries knocked on my door (two years ago), I was not in the mood. I shortly told them that I had a religion already and I was very happy with it. They asked if I would tell them about it and I declined, suspecting that they were not going to be truly listening or learning anything about Hinduism.But last week two girls knocked on my door and I didn't feel as forceful or annoyed as I had before. Maybe because they were women, they put me at ease. Maybe … [Read more...]

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I Stand For Love

Apparently I've attracted the attention of some Hindus who have gotten the impression that I'm somehow anti-Hindu. O.oI'm very confused about this entire situation. I'm now being told that I'm going to be written about and "exposed." What about, I'm not sure. Apparently because I have not encouraged people to kill Muslims??? Maybe?My heart aches for my brothers and sisters suffering violence in this world. I am so sorry to know that anyone is hurting, whether Hindu or not. I don't know … [Read more...]

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How To Have An Interfaith Dialog

No, I'm not going to be giving lessons on how to have a productive interfaith dialog!I want to hear from you. What tips and ideas do you have for how to make an interfaith dialog respectful and productive?I'm here on Patheos where interfaith dialog is in the mission statement. I want to be able to have these discussions. Yet it is difficult to overcome defensiveness and unfortunately I have been subjected to enough slimy and underhanded attempts to discredit my religion in order to get m … [Read more...]

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Karma: Misunderstood

The concept of karma is something that people seem to have a lot of misunderstanding about. The comments on my post about verse five of the Isha Upanishads inspired me to talk a little bit about it. These are big, big concepts. There aren't quick and simple answers here because in order to understand someone else's religion and beliefs, you do have to be able to set aside your own and see through that person's eyes. The Hindu way of looking at sin and punishment is just so completely different … [Read more...]

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