Hindus and Charity

Editors' Note: This article is part of the Patheos Public Square on Charitable Giving. Read other perspectives here. For December Patheos has asked us bloggers to write about charitable giving and why we do it. They say this is the time of year for gifts and giving. There aren't really gift-giving holidays in December for Hindus but charity is something for all year round and it's always a good time to talk about giving.Just as some people in America see Christmas as becoming too … [Read more...]


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Miracles and Gurus

I think I am a great example of how important it is to be patient and cautious when waiting for a guru. I've always advised you to exercise great care before dedicating yourself to a spiritual leader. You have the Truth within you and you shouldn't give your power over to someone who doesn't deserve it. And the vast majority of spiritual leaders don't deserve it. There's a lot of frauds out there and there's a lot of misguided people who become leaders because of not pure motives and still have … [Read more...]


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Full Time Spiritual Life

Spending two weeks with almost nothing outside of spiritual pursuits was very eye-opening.Yes, I did do some shopping. I still fell victim to my material desires. But for most of the time we were living in spartan ashram quarters and there was nothing to do besides meditate, pray, and read spiritual literature. I even experienced a complete break from food desire. I had a very small appetite and I ate only to sustain the body with no attachments or desires surrounding food. By the end of … [Read more...]


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My Future Pilgrimages

My trip to Sringeri was life changing. It shifted something inside me and slightly changed the course of my life.While I was watching the Shishya Sweekara a conviction began to take hold and grow within me. I realized that seeing my guru, going to Sringeri, is the most important thing in my life. So far I have gone only when my dad was going. I would tag along on his trips. And I'm so grateful to have been able to do that! It's expensive to get from America to India. But this is my guru … [Read more...]


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Sringeri Week: The Shishya Sweekara

When this trip was first planned it was only to see His Holiness. It wasn't until after we had our tickets and our travel plans confirmed that the Sringeri Math put out a huge announcement...(English subtitles after the Sanskrit)  His Holiness announced that he had found a successor to the title of Shankaracharya and the ceremony that would make him officially next in line would be happening while we were in Sringeri!An amazing coincidence and a once in a lifetime opportunity. There … [Read more...]


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India Still Has My Heart

It is 3:00 in the morning here as I write this. I got back home from India yesterday and collapsed in bed at about 6:00 pm! I have so very much to tell you about my wonderful trip. It was life changing in a subtle kind of way. There's so much to tell that I'll be spreading out my stories and thoughts over several posts. I think I have enough written in my journal for the next three months of posts!Being able to be present for the Shishya Swekaram in Sringeri was staggering. I thank the Gods … [Read more...]


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Meet a Sage: Adi Shankara

Shankara is an enormously important figure in Hinduism, most particularly my branch of Advaita Vedanta. He was a brilliant philosopher from a young age and wrote amazing commentaries on all the Hindu scriptures in the 8th century CE.He re-energized the branch of Hinduism known as Advaita or Smartha. He believed that the ultimate reality was one of complete unity.During his young life, he traveled by foot over all of India discussing and spreading his ideas, attempting to unify Hinduism. … [Read more...]


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