I Know You Mean Well

I'm pretty tired of getting comments and messages from people who have just discovered the blog and immediately feel the need to tell me that it's wrong for me to call myself the White Hindu.I suspect these people are new because I think that if you spend time with me and read my blog then you understand that this is not just the story of being Hindu, it is also the story of what it's like to be a Hindu who doesn't look like anyone expects a Hindu to look. It is about religion and it is also … [Read more...]

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Can I Convert to Hinduism [Google Questions Answered]

"Conversion" is a very charged word for Hindus.It is exclusively associated with the predatory behavior of Abrahamic religions (Islam and Christianity) as they work to convert Hindus by any means necessary (including bribery, withholding medicine, tricks, and other coercion). For many Hindus it is only religions that teach exclusive access to Truth that need the concept of conversion. Hinduism (Sanatana Dharma is the original term for the faith) is a way of life and it doesn't put the Truth … [Read more...]

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Better Words Than “Convert”

I've spoken here about the reasons why I think the word "convert" can be helpful for people new to Hinduism. It's a label that one often grows beyond, but in the beginning it can help to frame your experience when you're learning and doing things for the first time.However, I have realized thanks to my friends on Twitter that the word "convert" is a sensitive one. It is so closely connected to the evil and underhanded schemes of some certain Christian groups who trick Hindus away from … [Read more...]

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Why Do I Call Myself a “Hindu”?

Inevitably online when I refer to myself as a Hindu someone is ready to tell me that that word is incorrect."Hinduism" they say is a word invented by the British. "Hinduism" others say refers to people who live along the Indus river and cannot refer to me. You should be using Sanatana Dharma they tell me.If it comes up in conversation I may tell people that the real word for Hinduism is Sanatana Dharma but in my day to day life I identify with the word "Hindu" and that's what I call … [Read more...]

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Reading the Upanishads: Katha Part Nine

We are doing a scripture study together: reading along through some scriptures and discussing the passages. Today is the ninth post of my favorite Upanishad: The Katha. This is the story of a boy who chatted with the God of death.http://www.angelfire.com/electronic/awakening101/upani_katha.html 6 He verily knows Brahman who knows the First—born, the offspring of austerity, created prior to the waters and dwelling, with the elements, in the cave of the heart. This, verily, is That. 7 He v … [Read more...]

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