He’s Here! Meet Garrick Ravi…

I am in a little bit of awe and it's hard to take the enormity of this experience and express it. It's hard to access my usual reflective thoughts in the midst of something so staggering and grand.Our son was born exactly one week before his due date, last Saturday May 21st. He is three days old today.The experience of labor and delivery was unlike anything I ever could have imagined. None of my plans or research meant anything. Even though it went well, it was still brutal. Childbirth … [Read more...]


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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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Bigger the Murti More Powerful the God?

I heard someone ask this question and I was intrigued because it had never occurred to me. Do we measure divinity by the physical space that something occupies? If God is in everything, is there more God in a boulder than in a pebble? If a pebble is one part divinity, is the boulder 500 parts divinity?I don't think so, personally, but it's a very interesting idea.I am reminded of a story I was told growing up. A poor man in a village is getting completely destitute. Some of his only … [Read more...]


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Is it still patience if you have no choice?

At last my due date is actually within sight. It felt like this time would never come! But now I'm five weeks from the expected arrival of my son. It's absolutely amazing. No matter how many billions of times this has happened before, it is still such a miracle.And it is SO HARD to wait to hold him in my arms, to look into his eyes!One might say that it requires patience to get through the last month of pregnancy, but I don't think I can claim the virtue of patience when there's nothing … [Read more...]


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The Baby and My Body

We tend to get very identified with our bodies and see them as "us." It's not an easy habit to see beyond yet pregnancy is kind of a gift in that way. It is an experience that shakes your sense of your body belonging to you.For ten months you share your body with someone else and things you thought were all yours become influenced by someone else. It's not just your torso growing bigger. You and your child are negotiating for the energy that your body has (and the baby always wins). The … [Read more...]


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The Problem Is Larger Than I Thought

I spend so much time within my Hindu community that it's easy for me to forget just how little most non-Indian Americans know about Hinduism. Every once in a while something happens that really opens my eyes to just how out of touch people are.One example is a friend on FB posted this quote from an article (the actual premise of which I am totally on board with!): " "God is not a Christian. God is not a Jew or a Muslim or a Hindi or Buddhist. All of those are human systems, which human … [Read more...]


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White Hindu Voices

In a world of social justice and discussion of cultural misappropriation, this is a subject that has been weighing on my mind for a while. One of the common complaints that people of color have against white people is that white people's voices are louder and heard more than theirs. That our opinions are valued more and paid attention to more. That our thoughts are considered more valid even when speaking about something that is in the culture and history of a person of color.So it is … [Read more...]


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Mahashivratri 2016

I hate when blogs do this but I'm going to start with an apology! I've clearly been struggling to keep up with my writing and I feel deeply guilty about that. I think about you guys every day and try to get myself to the computer. But I've been having a lot of trouble with low energy. I'm fine and the pregnancy is good but it's still challenging and I had no idea how hard it was going to be to focus enough to write. I'm going to try to commit to doing two posts a week until I can get back to my … [Read more...]


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Can Good Karma Protect Us From Tragedy?

It has probably always been in human nature to find strategies to prevent bad things from happening to us. Our brains seem wired for superstition. It can quickly become wired to connect two unrelated things like winning a baseball game with wearing certain socks. Those things can't be connected and yet the brain can form a connection as part of this instinct to shield us from anything bad.I think it's easy to fall into that trap when thinking about karma and how it works. I think our brains … [Read more...]


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