For New Readers

Every once in a while I like to do a post of links to my previous articles because there's a lot of new people who find me through search engines or recommendations and most, I think, are interested in some very specific issues of being a non-Indian Hindu. So rather than have you get lost in day-to-day posts, here are some links to the posts that best explain me and the way I feel about being a convert to Hinduism:My own personal favorite post is How To Explain Hinduism, a guide to dealing … [Read more...]


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Panel: Honoring or Appropriation?

My friend Andrea is often my consultant when it comes to issues of cultural mis-appropriation. She and my husband were the first to teach me about these issues. I have learned so much from both of them about racism and how what I do could be seen as inappropriate or stealing. I am so grateful for their input!Andrea found this wonderful podcast and sent it to me. It is a panel discussion among Pagans of various traditions (and a white devotee of Kali!) about cultural misappropriation. This is … [Read more...]


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My New Favorite Cookbook

I don't buy cookbooks anymore because Pinterest has so many recipes and you can look up any kind of diet restriction there. However, when I got this book out of the library I knew that I had to own it. It's called But I Could Never Go Vegan.This is a great cookbook for people like me who have a moral desire to eat vegetarian or vegan but who are used to and still crave classic American food. That may not be you but it is definitely me. I'm ashamed to say that I love meatball subs.I have … [Read more...]


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White Hindu Conversations Part Five

You know how I was talking about trying to use Hindi with customers at the grocery store? I had an experience a couple weeks ago that put me in their shoes and it was...weird.I was at the mall with a friend and, as usual, wearing my little red bindi. (I've spoken before about how important that practice is to me and since that post I've been wearing a bindi full time whether it is inconvenient or not).Anyway, we passed a girl in the hall who I nearly ran into and as we were both … [Read more...]


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Guest Post: From Atheism to Hinduism

As I've said before, I know a lot of atheists and am very comfortable with most atheists. We have one really big thing in common: frustration at the way evangelical religions operate. So I enjoy atheist blogs because I can relate to that.It has always struck me as odd, though, that it seems like many atheists go from Christian to nothing and never consider any other possibilities!Once they stop believing in the Christian God it's like there couldn't possibly be a way to believe in … [Read more...]


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Which Is It?

You may have noticed that I talk about how long I've been a Hindu in different ways at different times. Was I born Hindu or did I convert? As with many things, it depends a lot on how you look at it and so I shift how I talk about it depending on context.I like to use the word "convert" because it expresses the unique challenges that come up for people who have cultural or racial barriers to the religion they are practicing. It's true, of course, that most Hindu sects don't have a … [Read more...]


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Book Club: Eat, Pray, Love: Introduction-2

The second book in our book club series is Eat, Pray Love. Is it a Hindu book? Not exactly, but it is very relevant to the experiences of non-Indian Hindus. The author has a Hindu guru (whose identity has been rather easily found out by those familiar with the world of Indian gurus). Julia Roberts after playing the author in the movie claimed to have become a Hindu. So I think it will be worthwhile to examine the experiences and stories that led these women towards Hinduism...In the … [Read more...]


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Gita in Action: Unattachment to Reward

One of the key elements of the Gita's teaching is the unattachment to the result of one's actions. This is a really tricky thing to wrap one's mind around.I am able to most clearly see it in the little things in life. The ways in which being super invested in the part of an action that you don't have control over hurts your own peace. Because we can control what we do, but we have no control over what others are going to do or how they take what we do. We can try to influence them, we can … [Read more...]


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Karma Happens

Something that came up in our discussion group from a while back is that karma means only action and it is indifferent to good action v.s. bad action. All actions have karmic consequences, even the good ones.It is these natural results that keep us tied to this world because we must experience those results, whether good or bad.Karma attaches to us for both good actions and bad actions, but the goal is to have none of it attach.Sri Krishna's instructions in the Gita (which we will … [Read more...]


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