Sons of Gods: Interview with the Author

Sharon Maas reached out to me to share this retelling of The Mahabharata that she has created. It is called Sons of Gods and is available at Amazon. Reviews praise this version as being a good way to get introduced to what can be a very complicated and confusing story! Ms. Maas also agreed to answer some questions about it for me. Here is her interview...  1) Tell us a little about your background. How did you discover The Mahabharata? What got you interested in Hindu history and … [Read more...]


Stay in touch! Like Patheos Hindu on Facebook:

Only The Eye of the Bird

My dance teacher posted a message on her Facebook page for new graduates and I thought it was the most perfect message they could get so I'm going to repeat it!For all the new graduates out there, remember what Arjuna said to his teacher, Drona. "I can only see the eye of the bird." It's that tremendous focus that leads to success.And for those who don't know this story, this is part of The Mahabharata. At one point the teacher Drona is teaching the brothers and cousins under his … [Read more...]


Stay in touch! Like Patheos Hindu on Facebook:

Ashwathaman Is Not Dead

In America we have this kooky legend that Elvis is still alive. Even though he died a while ago, people claim to see him at gas stations and out of the way places. There's some romance to the idea that instead of dying young, he faked a death and is shirking the spotlight.India has a legend that reminds me a little of that. It involves Ashwathaman from The Mahabharata.Ashwathaman is the son of Drona, who taught the heros (the Panadva) all they know about being warriors. He also taught … [Read more...]


Stay in touch! Like Patheos Hindu on Facebook:

Mahabharata for the 21st Century

A few weeks ago my parents went to meet a fellow named Sriram Raghavan, who is a storyteller traveling the world to bring the stories of the Mahabharata to the new generation. They listened to his presentation and bought me a copy of his book, Mahabharata for the 21st Century, complete with an audio CD of him narrating the story.The book itself is darling. It's got lots of pictures and is just 144 pages long, making it great for introducing the epic to children.When I was a young child, … [Read more...]


Stay in touch! Like Patheos Hindu on Facebook:

Free Will vs Fate in Hinduism

One of the biggest questions in religion is whether what happens to us is in our control or not. Are we destined for a particular outcome or can we influence our future?Hinduism teaches an interesting blend of fate and free will.There is a lot that is bound up in fate. The moment of our birth, the family into which we are born, the trials we will face in this life, all are created by sanskara (the remnants of karma, our previous action).Many Hindus are extremely fatalistic, feeling … [Read more...]


Stay in touch! Like Patheos Hindu on Facebook:

Is Christianity Peaceful? Is Peacefulness a Measure for Truthfulness?

Believing, as I do, that all religions have a core of peace and love for all humanity, I asked some people of Christian and Muslim faith to talk to me about the ways in which those religions encourage peace. Not everyone agreed with my conclusion! David French wrote a post in response to my question to say that it was wrong to equate the amount a religion is peaceful with how true it is.He says Christianity is not a religion of peace. That surprised me! From what I've heard about Jesus he … [Read more...]


Stay in touch! Like Patheos Hindu on Facebook:

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...]


Stay in touch! Like Patheos Hindu on Facebook:

CLOSE | X

HIDE | X