What To Wear to an Indian Wedding

I thought it might be helpful to write a little bit about what you should wear to an Indian wedding. This is a question that I get from the people in my life on occasion. I can't say that I've been to that many Indian weddings, but perhaps more than most. I've been to, let's see, at least three including my own. That's not a whole lot, but here's what I've gleaned...Many of my tips are similar to my tips for what to wear to a Hindu temple. Be prepared to potentially need to take your … [Read more...]


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The White Hindu Tries…Freehand Rangoli

I've been doing some videos where I try things for the first time and record the results. I thought it would be fun to watch me attempt to do new things. If you have any ideas for other things I could put into a "The White Hindu Tries..." series, please let me know! (And see below for a list of videos that are already done).This time I am going to try freehand rangoli. Rangoli is a type of decoration, it is bright patterns made with a colored sand or rice flour sifted through one's hand. … [Read more...]


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Scripture Study: Bhagavad Gita, book three verses 36 – 38

We are doing a scripture study together: reading along through some scriptures and discussing the passages. Here are all of the posts on the previous verses for the Gita: Bhagavad Gita StudyFrom the Winthrop Sargeant translation of The Gita... 36. Arjuna spoke: Then impelled, by what Does a man commit this evil, Unwillingly even, O Krishna, As if urged by force?37. The Blessed Lord spoke: This force is desire, this force is anger; Its source is the rajas guna. Voracious and … [Read more...]


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What Is The Purpose Of Life (Episode Three, A Hindu and a Buddhist Walk Into a Marriage)

Brad and I are back! This time we're talking about what the purpose of life is. And attempting to be a little shorter so we've got a video that's closer to eight minutes than nineteen!https://youtu.be/uvJn3geiCZE  Transcript Ambaa: So what do you think the purpose of life is?Brad: OofAmbaa: To start with an easy one [laugh]Brad: Yeah, to start with an easy one. It's kind-of a...a loaded question. I think it depends on your perspective, because last time we talked about … [Read more...]


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Scripture Study: Bhagavad Gita, book three verses 34 – 35

We are doing a scripture study together: reading along through some scriptures and discussing the passages. Here are all of the posts on the previous verses for the Gita: Bhagavad Gita StudyFrom the Winthrop Sargeant translation of The Gita... 34. Passion and hatred are seated In the senses in relation to their objects. One should not come under the power of these two; They are indeed one's enemies.35.Better one's own duty though deficient Than the duty of another well … [Read more...]


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Yet Another Opinion on CNN, Believers, and Reza Aslan

I have been uncertain what to say about this situation. If you aren't inundated with information about this like I am, CNN just came out with an episode of their show Believers in which Reza Aslan (an expert on Islam and Christianity) showcases various unusual beliefs around the world that featured a very unusual aspect of Hinduism.He visited Hindus called Aghori who practice some very strange things having to do with death including cannibalism.So of course this show is about … [Read more...]


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A Hindu & a Buddhist Walk Into a Marriage: What is Religion and Faith?

Have I taught Brad well or what? Look at him all fluent in The Mahabharata! Also it's kind of hilarious how we try to "catch" each other. I think it's a strength of our marriage that we can have fun with that and not get defensive.https://youtu.be/mY9IQlETlsY Transcript [Intro]Ambaa: So you said something really interesting the other day about defining religion by something--by it having both sacred and profane definitions within it? And that that's like why a political party isn't a … [Read more...]


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Roll Call

Priyanka, a friend from the Facebook page, said that she would like to connect with American Hindus and non-Indian Hindus. I thought for a few minutes about how I might help with that and I decided that I should do a post asking people to introduce themselves. So this is that post!Whether you are an Indian Hindu in India, an Indian Hindu in America, a non-Indian Hindu in India, a non-Indian Hindu in America or anything in between, please leave a comment and tell us a little about … [Read more...]


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The One and Only American Hindu

To help me get inspiration and keep up with what's happening in my world I have some Google alerts set up. One is for the term "American Hindu." Over the years that I've had this alert, nearly all the time it comes up the phrase "American Hindu" is referring to one particular person. This man seems to have a statement for the press about any and everything that happens related to Hinduism in America. I've found it pretty funny to see if it's going to be him. Every time I get an alert I think, … [Read more...]


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