Our lives begin to end the day we fall silent on the things that matter. Like Mahatma Gandhi once said, we do not need to wait to see what others do, but we ourselves must to be the change we want to see in the world.
Why do such unspeakable tragedies take place to begin with? Hinduism, like other spiritual traditions, offers us a great deal of philosophical insight to grapple with the question.
A path to inclusion has been created. Now it is up to the community to take it forward; to continue addressing priority issues facing our nation and make more visible our evolving needs and strengths as we the New Americans weave our professional skills, traditions and culture in the pluralistic tapestry of America.
By entertaining such philosophies, we inevitably waste valuable time wishing things here were different. Instead of changing our circumstances (or our attitude toward existence), we project our attention to some future destination.
My hope is that Tulsi Gabbard, as a Hindu American, will bring to Washington and to her style of representation two striking qualities that are as quintessentially Hindu as they are American -- the duty to work toward the greater good and pluralism.
Though religion is born in one race and nation, it has cut across the boundaries of races and nationalities. Although religion has maintained its own identity, it has not remained immune to the cultural influence of the host countries.
The first Hindu elected to Congress, Tulsi Gabbard, will be taking her oath on the Bhagavad Gita. This is interesting because she wasn't born Hindu and because there is no one HIndu text or doctrine.
Humans sanctify themselves not in the passive resonance they feel to stories that transcend time, but in the active engagement and re-crafting of these stories.
At the Air Force Academy, the subject of religion has always been the proverbial elephant in the room. Yet, instead of ignoring the elephant, a group of cadets decided to welcome it by holding the first-ever Hindu Ganesh prayer at the USAF Academy.
Even though it may sound attractive or may be easier to understand that God is formless energy, as far as I'm concerned, it's not possible to exchange love with formless energy
It is an unfortunate aspect of my experience within the Hindu tradition that I have experienced prejudice towards the gay community. It has always made me quite uncomfortable.
By my rough estimation, we spend perhaps 50 percent or more of our waking hours in storytelling. Humans make stories but, in some sense, we are also made by our stories.
As a Hindu who espouses a non-dual worldview, I understand intellectually that God is on, in and of the field. But it wasn't until last Sunday, while watching the Super Bowl, that I was jolted out of my TV-induced zombie state to experience it.
Watch Deepak talk about the primacy of personal identity in the universe.
Anyone who thinks that yoga is merely "a kinder version of alcohol" might want to do a reverse pose and get some more blood flowing to her brain. With proper supervision, of course.
We need not look far to find the Ravanas of our time... They are us -- at our weakest, basest, and grossest; people of faith, in our darkest moments of hypocrisy.