Others From My Background Aren’t Hindu

Ever since I discovered authentic Hindu practice I immediately felt that it was what I had always been. All the Indian philosophy in my upbringing came directly from this. How could I not immediately identify as Hindu?Yet it has always surprised me that I haven't met anyone else from the organization I grew up in who did the same.As far as I know I might be the only one who went back to the source of what we were taught. I've always been mystified by that. But during this trip I got … [Read more...]


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Book Club: How to Become a Hindu (Chapter Nine)

The well respected Himalayan Academy and their guru Subramuniyaswami put out a book several years ago called How To Become a Hindu. Over the next few weeks I'll be reading the chapters and discussing each one individually. Today we're looking at the ninth chapter: Embracing Hindu Culture(Book can also be downloaded free here: http://www.himalayanacademy.com/view/how-to-become-a-hindu)This guru has had a profound impact on my identity as a Hindu. Not through this book, but through his … [Read more...]


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Book Club: How to Become a Hindu (chapter eight)

The well respected Himalayan Academy and their guru Subramuniyaswami put out a book several years ago called How To Become a Hindu. Over the next few weeks I'll be reading the chapters and discussing each one individually. Today we're looking at the eighth chapter: Choosing a Hindu Name(Book can also be downloaded free here: http://www.himalayanacademy.com/view/how-to-become-a-hindu)A whole chapter is devoted to the subject of Hindu names and the author makes some very good arguments f … [Read more...]


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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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Reading the Upanishads: Kena Chapter Three

We are doing a scripture study together: reading along through some scriptures and discussing the passages. Today is the third post on the Kena Upanishad. The previous scripture was the Isha Upanishad (find all Scripture posts here)Here are a few different translations of the third section of the Kena Upanishad... Chapter III 1 Brahman, according to the story, obtained a victory for the gods; and by that victory of Brahman the gods became elated. They said to themselves: “Verily, this v … [Read more...]


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How to Explain Hinduism

It's sometimes hard for me to remember that Hinduism can seem extremely strange, foreign, or confusing to people who aren't familiar with it. Maybe they've heard the word, they know it's associated with India, but that's it.In America there are a lot of times when you find yourself in an interfaith dialog. People ask you what Hinduism is and you're at a loss to sum it up or people want to open a pathway to encouraging you to convert to their religion.What is Hinduism?It's a good idea … [Read more...]


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Hindus and Christmas

There are many, many Hindus who don't feel defensive about the holidays of other religions and happily join in celebrations for any festival. It is often said that Indians love to celebrate and will participate in any holiday that's available!It strikes me that you must be really secure and confident in your religion to be able to embrace and enjoy the holidays of other religions. I strive to be that way.For me it's hit or miss. Each year around Christmas is different for me. Some … [Read more...]


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How to Have an American Thanksgiving

This Thursday is American Thanksgiving, one of the only non-religious holidays we've got!It's got a somewhat unfortunate origin, but I'm glad to have a holiday I can celebrate along with the rest of my country. As much as I love the freedoms and wealth afforded me as an American, I don't always feel connected, but Thanksgiving is one of those things that really makes me feel like an American.The best part of Thanksgiving is spending time with family. The other great thing about it is the … [Read more...]


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Book Review: The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible by Charles Eisenstein

I have a terrible tendency to get entirely derailed into negative thinking. I panic easily about the state of the world and the future and then I have trouble functioning. I'm usually pretty cheerful and optimistic, but these days there are doom and gloom stories pressing in on me from EVERYWHERE.I know I'm not alone in this problem!Enter The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible by Charles EisensteinIt is a breath of fresh air in a world of panic. I just wish I could a … [Read more...]


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