White Hindu Stereotypes

UPDATE: I've caused some offense to my friends and I must apologize.  I didn't realizehow the tone here comes across. I did not intend to be judgmental or to say that I'm somehow a "better" Hindu than others. My intention was to show that there is variety in us non-Indian Hindu practictioners but I work hard to not judge other people's spiritual lives. There's no way to compare! My tone may have been influenced by reading the opinions of Indian American young women who find hippies disengenous a … [Read more...]


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White Hindu Conversations: Part Four

The office where I work doesn't have a lot of diversity mostly because it's so tiny. There are about ten full time people and occasional contractors. I'm the only woman in this branch. The only person of color is a co-worker who is half Indian and half Irish.In a money-saving effort, I don't usually go out to lunch with the guys, so I don't get to have very meaningful conversations with them.A while back, though, I did decide to go with them to lunch. I was in the car with four boys and … [Read more...]


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White Hindu Conversations: Part Three

Car broke down Tuesday night. We got it pulled into a parking lot and I went into the Subway restaurant to wait for a tow. (It was a long wait, the weather here has been a bit intense, though it's much worse in other parts of the US).I ordered a veggie sub and then an Indian woman came out of the back. She wasn't directly serving me, but stood next to the girl who was and we kept smiling at each other. Finally when I was paying she got the courage to ask, "Are you Indian?""No," I said, … [Read more...]


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I Am Not a Statistic

I'm just me. A single human being trying to make sense of the world that I find myself in.I can't speak for other Hindus or even other Advaitans. I have my understanding that makes sense to me, but all I can know is my own heart.There are times when I feel like groups want to claim me for their side, want me to espouse their philosophy, want to add me to their ledger book. But I'm not just a non-Indian Hindu. I'm one person who lives a Hindu life to the best of her ability.Even as I … [Read more...]


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