Why Am I Called The “White” Hindu?

Why Am I Called The “White” Hindu? April 26, 2013

It comes up over and over, people wondering why I’m calling attention to my race. After all, in Hinduism we are all One God. Gender and race don’t give us different amounts of God. Everything is part of that One universal God.

I started writing on the Internet in 2009. At that time I was frustrated and lonely, feeling like I was the only non-Indian Hindu around! I felt like Indians were wary of me or didn’t believe that I was a Hindu or fully a Hindu. A lot of times I felt unwanted. I heard so often that one cannot convert to Hinduism. So what was I, then? (By the way, saying that there’s no such thing as conversion in Hinduism is NOT HELPFUL. You’re dismissing all the difficulties and concerns that come with starting out in one religion and now being in another. Yes, I understand that you don’t need to go through a ceremony to be a Hindu, you can just declare yourself to be one. But to say that there’s no such thing as conversion is hurtful).

A lot of that has eased over the years as I’ve been able to talk about my fears and concerns with wonderful people like you. Having a blog really allowed me to find my place in Hinduism.

Maybe calling myself out based on my race no longer makes sense. But it is the name I started with, so I’ll stick with it. It is NOT intended to be divisive. I absolutely believe in unity and that in reality, my pasty skin color is not important.

But this blog is about more than just Hinduism. It is about identity and our race plays a role in that. I continue to be fascinated with the role of culture and race in our experiences in our lives.





Here is a copy of a post from my old blog in December of 2010:

Race

 There was a comment yesterday on one of my older posts that I wanted to address. Here is the comment and my response to it:

Svaha said… Ambaa, Why call yourself a “white” Hindu? Why is skin color so important as a means of identifying yourself? Sanatana Dharma is about unity, not separateness. Its not about the externalization of God, but the recognition of universal and internalized divinity. Its great that you want to identify yourself as a “Hindu” (whatever that means), but please do not insult our core religious beliefs by bringing confused notions of race and skin color into the mix. December 27, 2010 1:32 AM 

Aamba said… Well, Svaha, the reason I named the blog White Hindu is because at the time I felt that it was my skin color that was keeping me from being accepted as fully Hindu. It was extremely frustrating to me, so this was a way of taking back that word, taking control over how people see me. However, in the year since I’ve kept the blog, I have become more and more entrenched in Hinduism and have found the acceptance I was looking for. I now rarely feel kept back and taken less seriously because of my skin color, though it does still sometimes happen.  The other reason to put race into it is that this is not a blog about the definition of Hinduism, it is a blog about the intersection of culture and religion and ethnicity. That is the issue I am interested in exploring. How are religion and ethnicity related? How do people perceive them? How does one move into a religion that was not given to him or her by ethnicity? December 28, 2010 2:45 PM

The thing is, this blog is about race. I’m not interested in pretending that we don’t somewhat judge each other based on ethnicity. It happens, it is part of our world.Yes, Hinduism is universal and accepts all people as equally a part of God, but that is not always how it is practiced. People are still imperfect and do judge one another and make assumptions about one another.

I am confident and sure of my religion. It has been part of me all of my life. What I came to the Internet to explore is the cultural aspect of Hinduism and how I might fit in there. I think my skin color is relevant to this discussion and I don’t think that it is a confused notion of race. Different races exist and we are all still trying to figure out what that means and how it effects our lives.

There are many who are uncomfortable when we label ourselves by ethnicity. I do not label myself as white in order to keep others back or to separate myself. I would rather not be separate, but many times I still am. I felt that my skin color was an elephant in the room, as the expression goes. No one wants to mention it or acknowledge it, and yet it has an effect on how I am perceived.  People wonder about me and question me in ways that I don’t think they would if I were Indian.  They think, “Who does she think she is?” They think the same things they think when they see a white rapper with cornrows!

That is what fascinates me. Expectation v.s. reality. I’m sorry to people who are made uncomfortable by my direct reference to race, but that is exactly what this blog is about: what it means to be a non-Indian Hindu.

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  • Rohan

    The name of the blog ‘The White Hindu’ is catchy , kinda the reason why im here lol

    • Ambaa

      🙂 Thanks!

  • Dharmshil

    Who are you to say that to her? Do you even know what our religion stands for? Ignorant mind.

  • Dharmshil

    You are no one to judge her. A gotra isn’t required to be a hindu. This is where it differs from other religions, you can’t come down to just one practice, verse or belief and set it as a parameter to judge whether she/he is Hindu or not. Its about faith, truth and light. You go where you find it. Though conversion isn’t encouraged in Hinduism but one can follow and lead the Hindu way of life. Just being born into a gotra doesn’t make you more of a hindu than she is.

  • Dharmshil

    Ignorant is the word.

  • Dharmshil

    @Ambaa
    You’re as much Hindu as anyone else is. You don’t have to go to a temple, wear a bindi or do other things to prove it. You just need to believe in the Hindu way of life and practice it, if possible. None is the final word as far as Hinduism is concerned. It is your personal wish as to how and what you see and believe in. “Satyam Param Dhimahi” – Truth is the greatest religion. Just try to follow the path of righteousness. While the Vedas (Rig Veda in particular) and Upanishads are sacred texts (along with many other), it would be easy for you to follow the ‘Gita’ which is the core of what we believe. Most importantly, no one has the authority to judge you or say that you’re not a Hindu. Not even the greatest of saints. Those who say it are ignorant. And people will not accept you at once because they are not used to the idea of someone converting to their religion. It takes some time to accept a new member into the family. I wish you all luck. May God bless us all.

    • Ambaa

      Thank you!

  • Rohan

    my advise to you..remove delusion….read- Swami_Vivekananda completely and his teachings and biography-(a complete Hindu and shisya of lord guru Ramakrishna paramhansha )……pls dont take it lightly…

  • Rohan

    India should be in the heart or in the soul of every Hindu….because(mother) India is the Vatican..of Hinduism…if there was no India there was no Hinduism and vice-verse…

  • Paulus Magus

    Well, the Aryans were white, so you’re in classical company.

    • Salim Alvi

      There is no Aryan race. It is a lie created in 19th century.

  • Morg GB

    I can look at this as to ways, but its interesting, first white is a generic term for Caucasian, but whites at least in america and other places, are viewed more homogeneous, calling yourself a “white hindu” may bring attention, that may not be a wrong thing, it can be a gusty move that can involve pride in a great way and a deserving way, if you didn’t call yourself it, then there wouldn’t be much interest not only in you but as a conservative starter.

    Of course, folks used the term “african american” or asian , be it engineer, buddhist, muslim, type of christian, etc. Of course white is generic, are jews mostly considered white, if so the term african or asian jew would not be controversial or atleast to moderate ones. But yes, in this sense white is usually a woman of european descent who isn’t jewish and most often from western europe aka anglo-saxon although that term is disputed (not sure if you have say russian, eastern europe ancestry, or jewish ancestry).

    Historically, however there were many hindus outside the indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia was hindu and had a rich history of hinduism before the spread of islam, balinese hindus are remnants of this.There are a lot of hindus and heritage in parts of burma and other parts. It is also be a sad thought that many historical artifacts were altered for preservation to appease conquerors or destroyed.

    1000 years ago, an indonesian,malaysian,vietnamese,burmese,etc hindu would not be an issue. There is also a degree of overlap between hinduism and buddhism, in countries such as singapore, folks may go to eachother’s temples or have tremendous overlap and respect. It isn’t controversial for non-asians to be buddhists it seems, and since asians overlap many countries it isn’t usually tied to just india and a couple small countries.

    Of course hinduism has many sub-sects, similarities, and differences, there are common traits, I’m not an expert, but if you do follow a particular trait or sect, you can let us know and talk about it, that doesn’t mean one is sectarian as folks often respect each other’s sects but what you identify with.

    There is of course discrimination against white hindus, who are identified as yuppies, hipsters, and not being serious. So calling yourself a white hindu could be a positive reinforcement of pride and start a conversation. It can also start a trend, hey an african american can start a “Black hindu blog” or “Russian Hindu”, asian hindu would be too wide encompassing. Of course many indians do tend to marry whites so I’m not sure why folks who are indian are complaining lol. I also feel that can be a great thing for intermarriages not just whites but asians and so on.

    Interestingly enough, the association of india and hinduism can be an example of victim of its own success or failures, while many people freely converted to say Catholicism in europe or islam in many parts of the world, there did exist violence, social pressure, and discrimination as part of wars and conquest. Thus for instance even though Jews can be considered white, they use the term jewish to identify race and religion together. This of course leaves hinduism more dominate in india, as of course they didn’t go around fighting wars in other countries of it as much like in europe and asia and there existence resistance to conversion and not so much the other way around although there is some sectarian violence, sadly in india and both sides are to blame as well since certain non-hindus are perceived as radically changing not just religion but saying that a christian wearing a sari is a sinner.

    Anyways that’s my nickel and dime of what I had to add. Let me know your thoughts.

    • Salim Alvi

      Even in MahaBharat lot of characters were not from subcontinent. Most of the town planners and architects were Mayans of today’s Mexico. Mayan architected Ravan’s Lanka. Another Mayan architected Indraprasth, today’s Delhi.

      Bedouins practiced Hinduism before Islam. Widow biz tycoon, Khaduja was a Hindu who married at age 40 25 year old Mohmad.

  • akhi

    Don’t worry about gotra and kuldevi/devta just believe in karma.

  • Vidyadhara Buddhiraju

    Amba,
    Yes there is no conversion among the Hindus. Because a conversion means giving up on a past. A sort of magical jumping out of your skin and becoming something else. This is a stupid idea. The notion of conversion belongs among the imperialist notions of monotheism. Carrying the stink of partisan politics to the high heavens.

    On the other hand there is “inclusion” which is a very different idea. And this is not by a process or endorsement. You are always included even if you did not know you were. Even if you refused such inclusion.

    That is the very nature of “sanatana” or eternal. All of existence is an undivided continuum. Perhaps one finds it comforting to go through a formal process of inclusion into a society. But this has never been an item of interest among the ancient Hindus. Because exclusion or inclusion by doctrinal qualification was never a serious theme among the Hindus. A different doctrine would only create one more sub group among the society of the Hindus.

    The thousand year shock of the turkoman-islamic invasions and then the british colonial stranglehold terrorized the Hindus into steel bound compartments. But these are circumstantial habits rather than a natural state of Hindu society. The growing prosperity of Hindustan is quite naturally easing the social divides.
    As the Hindus are restored to their natural easy going ways, the questions of inclusion and exclusion will become irrelevant. And yes there will then be no conversion, just inclusion.

  • Vidyadhara Buddhiraju

    Amba,
    My previous post got deleted, I dont know how.
    Because I have to type it again, I will make it shorter, less expressive.

    Conversion is a partisan idea. Conversion is the unfortunate notion of carrying partisan politics to the high heavens. Conversion implies that you have jumped out of your skin and become something new.

    That is why the Hindus are uncomfortable with the idea. This is not a notion that has a parallel among the Hindus. With the Hindus there is only an inclusion. And even that is not something they are doing to you. They are doing it to themselves.

    When you include someone or something in your own experience of being, you are simply expanding yourself. So if the Hindus accept you it is the Hindus who are becoming larger. It is not that you have changed in that process. Now if you include the Hindus into your being, then you have become larger. Yes we all need acceptance and inclusion from a society. But that is not conversion. Just inclusion. Which is atmost a social event or a process.

    You don’t give up your past or deny it or view it with disfavour, atleast not from an theological view point. Such notions are to put it in parliamentary language, lacking in substance.

    You were always and will for ever be part of the infinite unity of all existence. No matter what happens or does not happen. Whatever doctrine you pick up or refuse to pick up.

    To discover the sanatana dharma is just this. To erase the fiction that you have constructed within yourself that you are somehow separated from the rest of the universe. Therefore to come to the sanatana dharma can perhaps be called a deconversion rather than a conversion.

    Vande Mataram.

    • Ambaa

      Well said!

  • Nishant Patar

    Ambaa. I don’t think it is bad thing about white. Some time by our side is extra privilege. Example, many white people visit in India. Than they rounded by kids and people. Get more stuff. But this thing not happen with Black people. I know this because I use to one of those kids. Many time just happen. Again like they are many blogger wrote Article. But if person is white and write same stuff as Indian but for India. Than they get more traffic. It is kind a ridiculous. But it happen. I have nothing against white people or any race. But I think in society we create class. Where people offer them fixed stuff instead of there true capability. Which create problem for both groups. I assume I did not offended any body, Sorry in Advance.

  • Jacob Israel

    Ambaa,
    Do you seriously think God actually created the caste system, a heinous system equivalent to the worst racism?
    Do you seriously think God wants us to believe that the shadow of an untouchable falling on a brahmin will pollute that brahmin?
    Do you seriously think God created a system which reincarnates a person into a worm/dog/untouchable/brahmin according to their deeds in their previous life?
    Do you seriously think God has made dumb animals such as the elephant and monkey in his image?
    Do you seriously think God would want you to worship the cow, the dumbest of animals?
    Do you seriously think God wants you to worship the penis, and make temples in the shape of one?
    Do you seriously think that the disorder, confusion, intolerance, injustice, corruption, disregard for the poor, filth and disregard for the environment in India are not the fruits of hinduism?

    Then congratulations- you have become a hindu, regardless of what others may think. You deserve it.

    • Ambaa

      Your comment shows a ton of ignorance. Most of these things are not part of Hinduism at all and those that are you have misrepresented completely.

    • Salim Alvi

      Caste is Portuguese word. Most of the sages and writers of epics like MahaBharat (fisherman)& Ramayan (tribal) were not born as Brahman or Kshatriya. Varna is mere division of labor so society works smoothly.

    • MANOJ KUMAR

      Perhaps God commanding to Sell Your Daughter as Sex Slave looks more Civilised to you

      Enslaving Humans looks more Cultured to You as Profession.:

      1. SLAVERY : Deuteronomy 20:10-11 : “When you approach a city to fight against it, you shall offer it terms of peace. “If it agrees to make peace with you and opens to you, then all the people who are found in it shall become your forced labor and shall serve you.
      2. SLAVERY : Genesis 14:21 : The king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give the people to me and take the goods for yourself.”
      3. SLAVERY : Numbers 31:9 : The sons of Israel captured the women of Midian and their little ones; and all their cattle and all their flocks and all their goods they plundered.
      4. SLAVERY : 2 Kings 5:2 : Now the Arameans had gone out in bands and had taken captive a little girl from the land of Israel; and she waited on Naaman’s wife.
      5. SLAVERY : 2 Chronicles 28:8 : The sons of Israel carried away captive of their brethren 200,000 women, sons and daughters; and they took also a great deal of spoil from them, and brought the spoil to Samaria.
      6. SLAVERY : Leviticus 25:44-45 : ‘As for your male and female slaves whom you may have–you may acquire male and female slaves from the pagan nations that are around you. ‘Then, too, it is out of the sons of the sojourners who live as aliens among you that you may gain acquisition, and out of their families who are with you, whom they will have produced in your land; they also may become your possession.
      7. SLAVERY : Genesis 37:23-28 : So it came about, when Joseph reached his brothers, that they stripped Joseph of his tunic, the varicolored tunic that was on him; and they took him and threw him into the pit. Now the pit was empty, without any water in it. Then they sat down to eat a meal. And as they raised their eyes and looked, behold, a caravan of Ishmaelites was coming from Gilead, with their camels bearing aromatic gum and balm and myrrh, on their way to bring them down to Egypt. Judah said to his brothers, “What profit is it for us to kill our brother and cover up his blood? “Come and let us sell him to the Ishmaelites and not lay our hands on him, for he is our brother, our own flesh.” And his brothers listened to him. Then some Midianite traders passed by, so they pulled him up and lifted Joseph out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver Thus they brought Joseph into Egypt.
      8. SLAVERY : 2 Kings 4:1 : Now a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets cried out to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the LORD; and the creditor has come to take my two children to be his slaves.”
      9. SLAVERY : Exodus 22:2-3 : “If the thief is caught while breaking in and is struck so that he dies, there will be no bloodguiltiness on his account. “But if the sun has risen on him, there will be bloodguiltiness on his account. He shall surely make restitution; if he owns nothing, then he shall be sold for his theft.
      10. SLAVERY : Leviticus 25:39-42 : ‘If a countryman of yours becomes so poor with regard to you that he sells himself to you, you shall not subject him to a slave’s service. ‘He shall be with you as a hired man, as if he were a sojourner; he shall serve with you until the year of jubilee. ‘He shall then go out from you, he and his sons with him, and shall go back to his family, that he may return to the property of his forefathers. ‘For they are My servants whom I brought out from the land of Egypt; they are not to be sold in a slave sale.
      11. SLAVERY : Deuteronomy 15:12-18 : “If your kinsman, a Hebrew man or woman, is sold to you, then he shall serve you six years, but in the seventh year you shall set him free. “When you set him free, you shall not send him away empty-handed. “You shall furnish him liberally from your flock and from your threshing floor and from your wine vat; you shall give to him as the LORD your God has blessed you. “You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the LORD your God redeemed you; therefore I command you this today. “It shall come about if he says to you, ‘I will not go out from you,’ because he loves you and your household, since he fares well with you; then you shall take an awl and pierce it through his ear into the door, and he shall be your servant forever. Also you shall do likewise to your maidservant. “It shall not seem hard to you when you set him free, for he has given you six years with double the service of a hired man; so the LORD your God will bless you in whatever you do.
      12. SLAVERY : Nehemiah 5:1-5 : Now there was a great outcry of the people and of their wives against their Jewish brothers. For there were those who said, “We, our sons and our daughters are many; therefore let us get grain that we may eat and live.” There were others who said, “We are mortgaging our fields, our vineyards and our houses that we might get grain because of the famine.” Also there were those who said, “We have borrowed money for the king’s tax on our fields and our vineyards. “Now our flesh is like the flesh of our brothers, our children like their children Yet behold, we are forcing our sons and our daughters to be slaves, and some of our daughters are forced into bondage already, and we are helpless because our fields and vineyards belong to others.”
      13. SLAVERY : Exodus 21:3-6 : “If his master gives him a wife, and she bears him sons or daughters, the wife and her children shall belong to her master, and he shall go out alone. “If he comes alone, he shall go out alone; if he is the husband of a wife, then his wife shall go out with him. “But if the slave plainly says, ‘I love my master, my wife and my children; I will not go out as a free man,’ then his master shall bring him to God, then he shall bring him to the door or the doorpost. And his master shall pierce his ear with an awl; and he shall serve him permanently.
      14. SLAVERY : Genesis 17:12-13 : “And every male among you who is eight days old shall be circumcised throughout your generations, a servant who is born in the house or who is bought with money from any foreigner, who is not of your descendants. “A servant who is born in your house or who is bought with your money shall surely be circumcised; thus shall My covenant be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant.
      15. SLAVERY : Jeremiah 2:14 : “Is Israel a slave? Or is he a homeborn servant? Why has he become a prey?
      16. SLAVERY : 2 Samuel 12:29-31 : So David gathered all the people and went to Rabbah, fought against it and captured it. Then he took the crown of their king from his head; and its weight was a talent of gold, and in it was a precious stone; and it was placed on David’s head. And he brought out the spoil of the city in great amounts. He also brought out the people who were in it, and set them under saws, sharp iron instruments, and iron axes, and made them pass through the brickkiln. And thus he did to all the cities of the sons of Ammon. Then David and all the people returned to Jerusalem.
      17. SLAVERY : Exodus 1:11-14 : So they appointed taskmasters over them to afflict them with hard labor And they built for Pharaoh storage cities, Pithom and Raamses. But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and the more they spread out, so that they were in dread of the sons of Israel. The Egyptians compelled the sons of Israel to labor rigorously; and they made their lives bitter with hard labor in mortar and bricks and at all kinds of labor in the field, all their labors which they rigorously imposed on them.
      18. SLAVERY : Joshua 9:22-23 : Then Joshua called for them and spoke to them, saying, “Why have you deceived us, saying, ‘We are very far from you,’ when you are living within our land? “Now therefore, you are cursed, and you shall never cease being slaves, both hewers of wood and drawers of water for the house of my God.”
      19. SLAVERY : Joshua 16:10 : But they did not drive out the Canaanites who lived in Gezer, so the Canaanites live in the midst of Ephraim to this day, and they became forced laborers.
      20. SLAVERY : Judges 1:28 : It came about when Israel became strong, that they put the Canaanites to forced labor, but they did not drive them out completely.
      21. SLAVERY : 1 Kings 9:20-21 : As for all the people who were left of the Amorites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Hivites and the Jebusites, who were not of the sons of Israel, their descendants who were left after them in the land whom the sons of Israel were unable to destroy utterly, from them Solomon levied forced laborers, even to this day.
      22. SLAVERY : Leviticus 25:43 : ‘You shall not rule over him with severity, but are to revere your God.
      23. SLAVERY : Exodus 21:7-11 : “If a man sells his daughter as a female slave, she is not to go free as the male slaves do. “If she is displeasing in the eyes of her master who designated her for himself, then he shall let her be redeemed. He does not have authority to sell her to a foreign people because of his unfairness to her. “If he designates her for his son, he shall deal with her according to the custom of daughters. “If he takes to himself another woman, he may not reduce her food, her clothing, or her conjugal rights. “If he will not do these three things for her, then she shall go out for nothing, without payment of money.
      24. SLAVERY : Exodus 23:12 : “Six days you are to do your work, but on the seventh day you shall cease from labor so that your ox and your donkey may rest, and the son of your female slave, as well as your stranger, may refresh themselves.
      25. SLAVERY : Exodus 20:9-10 : “Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath of the LORD your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you.
      26. SLAVERY : Deuteronomy 12:11-12 : then it shall come about that the place in which the LORD your God will choose for His name to dwell, there you shall bring all that I command you: your burnt offerings and your sacrifices, your tithes and the contribution of your hand, and all your choice votive offerings which you will vow to the LORD. “And you shall rejoice before the LORD your God, you and your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, and the Levite who is within your gates, since he has no portion or inheritance with you.
      27. SLAVERY : Genesis 15:3 : And Abram said, “Since You have given no offspring to me, one born in my house is my heir.”
      28. SLAVERY : Deuteronomy 23:15 : “You shall not hand over to his master a slave who has escaped from his master to you.
      29. SLAVERY : Leviticus 25:54-55 : ‘Even if he is not redeemed by these means, he shall still go out in the year of jubilee, he and his sons with him. ‘For the sons of Israel are My servants; they are My servants whom I brought out from the land of Egypt. I am the LORD your God.
      30. SLAVERY : Exodus 21:2 : “If you buy a Hebrew slave, he shall serve for six years; but on the seventh he shall go out as a free man without payment.
      31. SLAVERY : Jeremiah 34:8-20 : The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD after King Zedekiah had made a covenant with all the people who were in Jerusalem to proclaim release to them: that each man should set free his male servant and each man his female servant, a Hebrew man or a Hebrew woman; so that no one should keep them, a Jew his brother, in bondage. And all the officials and all the people obeyed who had entered into the covenant that each man should set free his male servant and each man his female servant, so that no one should keep them any longer in bondage; they obeyed, and set them free. But afterward they turned around and took back the male servants and the female servants whom they had set free, and brought them into subjection for male servants and for female servants. Then the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, “Thus says the LORD God of Israel, ‘I made a covenant with your forefathers in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, saying, “At the end of seven years each of you shall set free his Hebrew brother who has been sold to you and has served you six years, you shall send him out free from you; but your forefathers did not obey Me or incline their ear to Me. “Although recently you had turned and done what is right in My sight, each man proclaiming release to his neighbor, and you had made a covenant before Me in the house which is called by My name. “Yet you turned and profaned My name, and each man took back his male servant and each man his female servant whom you had set free according to their desire, and you brought them into subjection to be your male servants and female servants.”‘ “Therefore thus says the LORD, ‘You have not obeyed Me in proclaiming release each man to his brother and each man to his neighbor. Behold, I am proclaiming a release to you,’ declares the LORD, ‘to the sword, to the pestilence and to the famine; and I will make you a terror to all the kingdoms of the earth. ‘I will give the men who have transgressed My covenant, who have not fulfilled the words of the covenant which they made before Me, when they cut the calf in two and passed between its parts– the officials of Judah and the officials of Jerusalem, the court officers and the priests and all the people of the land who passed between the parts of the calf– I will give them into the hand of their enemies and into the hand of those who seek their life And their dead bodies will be food for the birds of the sky and the beasts of the earth.
      32. SLAVERY : Leviticus 25:47-53 : ‘Now if the means of a stranger or of a sojourner with you becomes sufficient, and a countryman of yours becomes so poor with regard to him as to sell himself to a stranger who is sojourning with you, or to the descendants of a stranger’s family, then he shall have redemption right after he has been sold. One of his brothers may redeem him, or his uncle, or his uncle’s son, may redeem him, or one of his blood relatives from his family may redeem him; or if he prospers, he may redeem himself. ‘He then with his purchaser shall calculate from the year when he sold himself to him up to the year of jubilee; and the price of his sale shall correspond to the number of years. It is like the days of a hired man that he shall be with him. ‘If there are still many years, he shall refund part of his purchase price in proportion to them for his own redemption; and if few years remain until the year of jubilee, he shall so calculate with him. In proportion to his years he is to refund the amount for his redemption. ‘Like a man hired year by year he shall be with him; he shall not rule over him with severity in your sight.
      33. SLAVERY : Leviticus 25:46 : ‘You may even bequeath them to your sons after you, to receive as a possession; you can use them as permanent slaves. But in respect to your countrymen, the sons of Israel, you shall not rule with severity over one another.
      34. SLAVERY : Exodus 21:32 : “If the ox gores a male or female slave, the owner shall give his or her master thirty shekels of silver, and the ox shall be stoned.
      35. SLAVERY : 1 Samuel 9:5-10 : When they came to the land of Zuph, Saul said to his servant who was with him, “Come, and let us return, or else my father will cease to be concerned about the donkeys and will become anxious for us.” He said to him, “Behold now, there is a man of God in this city, and the man is held in honor; all that he says surely comes true Now let us go there, perhaps he can tell us about our journey on which we have set out.” Then Saul said to his servant, “But behold, if we go, what shall we bring the man? For the bread is gone from our sack and there is no present to bring to the man of God. What do we have?” The servant answered Saul again and said, “Behold, I have in my hand a fourth of a shekel of silver; I will give it to the man of God and he will tell us our way.” (Formerly in Israel, when a man went to inquire of God, he used to say, “Come, and let us go to the seer”; for he who is called a prophet now was formerly called a seer.) Then Saul said to his servant, “Well said; come, let us go.” So they went to the city where the man of God was.
      “36. SLAVERY : Leviticus 25:44-46

      : “Thy bond-men and thy bond-maids which thou shalt have, shall be of the heathen that are round about you: of them shall ye buy bond-men and bond-maids. Moreover, of the children of the strangers that do sojourn among you, of them shall ye buy, and of their families that are with you, which they begat in your land. And they shall be your possession. And ye shall take them as an inheritance for your children after you, to inherit them for a possession, they shall be your bond-man forever.”

      —Leviticus 25:44-46


      “37. SLAVERY : Exodus 21:20-21 (RSV)

      : “When a man strikes his slave, male or female, with a rod and the slave dies under his hand, he shall be punished. But if the slave survives a day or two, he is not to be punished; for the slave is his money.””
      38. SLAVERY : Luke 12:46-47 : “The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.”
      “39. SLAVERY : Exodus 21:20-21 : Bible Says It’s Okay to Beat Your Slave, As Long As They Don’t Die? Exodus 21:20-21?
      Does the Bible say it is okay to beat your slave, as long as they don’t die? How could a loving God allow slavery, and not only slavery, but to beat your slaves with no punishment?


      40. SLAVERY : SLAVERY IN BIBLE : VARIOUS QUOTES : https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=169452477331894&set=p.169452477331894&type=3&theater/

  • Karna Pandit

    There has been overwhelming protest against sadhus in all over the world and especially in india. I just don’t understand that. Why only sadhus man? There are so many fraud mullas and priests our there in the world too! Go shout at them too! Just because you got one bad meal, are you gonna stop eating meal for rest of your life? No, you move on and find another one. And before you find it, it is your duty to check from inside out that this is the right person to make guru as hindu scripture describes it.

  • Karna Pandit

    Well I am interested in sharing my views and knowledge of hinduism I have to you. Let me know how can we communicate.

  • Seeker

    Interesting I had a slightly different take although similar. I call myself The Invisible (Western) Hindu. Because when people say Western Hindu they generally mean white or European Americans. Many of us who are also western but non white get overlooked. I still wish I knew more about Hindu culture but I am fortunate enough to have a community to teach me.

  • Aditya Rajan

    You cannot be a Hindu in an ethnic sense, in Hinduism neither ethnicity nor race exist, everything is brahman. This concept of ethnic Hindu is a made up concept, you cannot find it in any shrutis. It is exactly this attitude that is the basis for all the problems plaguing Hinduism today. Caste is a part of the same attitude, you have to be born something to be something. Absolutely Ludicrous and nothing but racial superstition with no basis in scripture.

  • SAYAKA CREATION

    Dear Amba I am pleased to hear from you that you are a white hindu and this is the truth. I have my own research work on Meditation at Secret ism. & As per my own experience divine any lady or female structure is as great as God is! I have experience the Existence of lady Lord Kali the Lord of Justice. Hinduism clearly explain about the Female God! No other religion or philosophy accept Female as God. Anyone who take birth on this earth is Hindu by birth. Right from Birth we started living from our Mother same way we take birth again and again at our mother divine. I want to share my experience divine with you! hope you would like to have an interest at this.

  • Puneet Tiwary

    I am so sorry that you went (and probably still are going, to some extent) through that ordeal early in your journey.
    Really, because Hinduism never embraced the conversion obsession, most Hindus really have no idea how to react to a non-Indian Hindu. It is our undoing and our loss.
    If you look at muslims, they have a well-oiled machine focusing solely on conversion and converts, financed by billions from the arab states. If Hindus spent 1% of the effort of other religions on welcoming others into the fold, Hinduism would have a hundred times more converts than those religions.
    People like you are the key and I am so happy I found your website. Good luck, I wish you the best the Universe has to offer.

  • Salim Alvi

    Saptarshi from whom Gotra came, were spread all over the world. So you have a Gotra. U just dont know it since ur parents didnt know it.

    People spread in original one continent, Gondavan. Saptarshis are AdiManav.

  • Salim Alvi

    “Go” really means roughly English word Senses. So, GoTra means that decides or controls senses. Mind that mind itself is a super sense organ. So scientifically, GoTra means DNA or dominent characteristic of DNA. But it has been observed that DNA transforms after enlightenment. So Amba’s Gotra is that of her Guru (male or female, doesnt matter), if not then of IshtDevta like, Hanuman, Ram, Krishna, Durga, Saraswati, etc. Her Ishta will become KulDevta of her progeny. If she gets enlightenment and decides to settle in one place and invokes one deity to live in the village/town/locality temple, then that deity is her GramDevta. Devta can be considered as Prunciple like Gravitation, ElectroMagnetism etc and even more subtle. These principles aud in our progress and we can transcend them.

  • Salim Alvi

    There was nothing called Aryan and definitely not a race. Arya meant noble person. Nothing more! Noble by deeds only not by birth.

  • Salim Alvi

    Think he passed away in 1994. Used to publish Hinduism Today weekly.

  • Salim Alvi

    Arjun was white. So also Bhisma, Drona. Ashwathama was blonde.

  • Vivek

    Ever hear of a place called Bali? Or Thailand? Or Laos? The problem with your hypothesis is that there is no “religion” called Hinduism. Hinduism is a collection of religious practices that originated on the Indian subcontinent. It has its parallels around the world, from the Romans to the Goths to the Incas. Hinduism is a set of pagan practices, and realistically brings nothing significantly different from other pagan religions, which is why Hindu religions only spread to territories colonized by South Indian kingdoms.

  • sree kalyani bhogaraju

    In a pre abrahamic world, civilisations everywhere followed a variation of polythesm. Hinduism is the one of the oldest surviving polytheistic religion. So you have just returned back to your roots in a way. Incidentally we do have a term for conversion back to the Hindu fold – called Gharwapsi (ghar -house; wapsi- coming back). Welcome back! 🙂

  • Hello, Ambaa. Not sure if your blog came to my friend’s attention but she shared in satsang once about being in Ganeshpuri’s Siddha Peeth ashram. She is a follower of Gurumayi Chidvilasananda like me. She had an experience where she was not to do a seva because of her race. Only people of a dark skin were allowed to do this seva. She was disappointed. She shared that this whole distressing experience disappeared at her running into Gurumayi.
    I have read in the Hare Krsna literature about difficulties the young American devotees had in India after being initiated by the Hare Krsna movement founder Prabhupada. Many here in the United States like to project an opinion that Indians should be Hindus and Americans Christians. White people they think should have certain religions and opinions to be white. More so these days as I seem to hear only republicans are white people and only white people are Americans. Amazing, isn’t it? I can’t say that universities help so much. They do not study the Bhagavad Gita in philosophy classes and they have very little in religious studies that include eastern religions at least where I am in Florida at the site of the University of Florida. It’s really a minor thing though, that you have called yourself a white Hindu. Many yogic paths do not even refer to themselves as religions in any way. Siddha Yoga which I have followed for many years does not called Kashmir Shaivism a part of Hinduism. They have an absolute respect for that philosophy but separate if from the religion of Hinduism. They say the experience developed through Siddha Yoga is the fundamental experience of all religions. I’m sure I’ve read the same of Kriya Yoga which Paramahansa Yogananda brought to the United States in the 1920’s.

  • MANOJ KUMAR

    For those who don’t know their Gotra, should consider their Gotra as “Kashyap Gotra”, because Kashyap Rishi is the Father of even all Devtas like Indra, Vayu etc.

    So in Bharat, if any one has no idea of his Gotra then they consider their Gotra , as “Kashyap”