My Experience with Rajiv Malhotra

Ever since I started my blog I have been getting recommendations to read the work of Rajiv Malhotra. His book is called "Being Different" and it has really spoken to the current generation of Hindus who are ready to take pride in themselves and their traditions. (Actually he has several books but that's the one people keep mentioning to me!)After having his work recommended at least once a week for the last several years, I was really thrilled when my local temple announced that he was … [Read more...]


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How to Raise Hindu Children

I will be posting about my wedding soon. It all went great! I want to wait to get some of the pictures from the photographer to show you, so hopefully next week or maybe the week after we'll have a wedding update! *** This month for back to school Patheos has a theme on how we go about raising our children to pass on our beliefs and our values.I know that to some extent, kids are going to eventually grow up and make their own decisions about religion, spirituality, and belief. They may … [Read more...]


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Hinduism in Video Games

Did you know that there are computer and video games based on Hindu mythology? Actually, they are pretty much all the Ramayana, cause who can resist that action-packed story? :) Most are for kids and I'm disappointed that there aren't way more!Hinduism at About.com has an article highlighting a few flash games: http://hinduism.about.com/library/weekly/aa092300a.htmThis free games site has a Ramayana game too: http://www.f-r-e-e-games.com/Games-Adventure/Game-Ramayana.htmThere's even a … [Read more...]


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Reading the Upanishads: Isha Part Ten

We are doing a scripture study together: reading along through some scriptures and discussing the passages. I've started with the Isha Upanishad.I have a translation of the Upanishads done by Eknath Easwaran, a teacher whom I deeply trust and love. In this book there is an introduction before each translation with some insight from Easwaran.Here is a link to the Amazon page for the book I have:However, today I am going to use a different translation. Thanks to our bedbug … [Read more...]


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No, I Am Not A Career Woman

I hear this dichotamy a lot. This idea that women who have children later did so because they were working on building their career. Now, I find it great that people, that women, find careers that they are passionate about and love. There's nothing wrong to me about waiting to have children until your career is established. But that isn't the only way that a delay in family starting happens. I am not one of these women.I sacrificed everything to make having a family a priority. And I … [Read more...]


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Wedding Still To Do

I can understand now why wedding TV shows film the last week or two before the wedding. That's when the stress is really happening as everything starts to come together. We are four weeks out now and so all the things that I waited to do have to get done now!The time has really flown by.Already Done-Venue in place-Menu decided-Decor selected-Contract with videographer-Photographer selected-Wedding outfits purchased-Wedding jewelry purchased-Invitations … [Read more...]


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Meet a God: Indra

Indra is the king of the Gods and in the same tier as Agni. I look at it as Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva are tier one, then there is a tier of Gods below them that are the ancient Vedic Gods like Agni and Indra. I'm not sure where Ganesha falls in, though, since he is probably the most worshiped of any God, yet is not part of the trinity! Maybe he is tier 1.5.Indra was very important in ancient times as a war God and also as a God of weather. He controls thunder and lightning, and bears some … [Read more...]


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A Moment of Silence

Of all the things I could think to write today, none feels right in light of the jury verdict that we got yesterday in America. It's moments like this that make me thinkI was horrified enough when young Trayvon Martin was killed in the first place. A child out buying some candy. Shot and killed...why? Because he existed? That someone might mistake you for a criminal because you are walking around outside your home is a fear that no one should ever have to have. At least I was relieved that … [Read more...]


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Meet a Guru: Paramahansa Yogananda

Yogananda has been the gateway into Hinduism (or at least Hindu philosophy) for many westerners.  It was in 1920 that he came to America to speak at a religious council and founded his Self-Realization Fellowship. People continue to find his teachings through his book Autobiography of a Yogi.BackgroundHe was born in 1893 in India (Uttar Pradesh, to be specific). He graduated from college and then became a disciple in a monastic Swami order. At 27 he went to America, where he spent most … [Read more...]


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