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Holi Rollers: Religious Ecstasy in Spanish Fork/Appropriate Appropriating?

Deepak Sarma | Posted 11.25.2015 | Religion
Deepak Sarma

From one perspective, the undulating and gyrating masses (thousands upon thousands at any given time and throughout the weekend in March of this year) could have been observed at any number of places: a rock concert, a dance club, or a college party.

Many Lamps, One Light: Lessons From the Dharma Dhamma Interfaith Conference on Diwali Day

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 11.11.2015 | Religion
Vamsee Juluri

In these tense times when debates on religion address little else but concerns about its abuse, the speakers at the Third Dharma-Dhamma Conference in ...

How Diwali Helped Me Find Jesus

Reba Riley | Posted 11.11.2015 | Religion
Reba Riley

Today I am an unabashed follower of the Way of Jesus, but I didn't get to spiritual peace without the help of other religions -- 30 of them, to be precise.

Coming Full Circle

Durva Trivedi | Posted 11.06.2015 | Religion
Durva Trivedi

This was how I learned womanhood, in step behind my sister, my mother, and her mothers. This was how I learned confidence, slowly but surely. This was where I fit seamlessly in a circle, a tradition passed down from generations past.

Diversity In Picture Books

Melanie Hope Greenberg | Posted 10.29.2015 | Books
Melanie Hope Greenberg

Picture book crafting challenges me to depict life in its simplest forms. At the same time the craft is multi-dimensional. I've always enjoyed paintings which tell several stories captured in a single frame.

11 Books That Will Introduce You To The Beauty Of Hinduism

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.29.2015 | Religion

Hinduism, one of the world's oldest religions, can be hard to understand or even define.  There is no central ancient text that succinctly sums ...

What If Every Day Was a Parliament of the World's Religions?

John Halstead | Posted 10.22.2015 | Religion
John Halstead

For five days members of the most diverse religions not only co-existed, but created community together. How was this possible? There was no proselytizing. And the conversation was intentionally inclusive.

Amidst Hottest Year on Earth, Faith Leaders Unite and Call for Climate Action

Yonatan Neril | Posted 10.22.2015 | Green
Yonatan Neril

In light of new evidence that 2015 will likely be the hottest year ever recorded, Muslim, Hindu, Christian, Jewish, Buddhist and other religious leaders joined together at the Parliament of World Religions pledging faith-based action to combat climate change. The event took place in Salt Lake City, and brought together over 8,000 people from scores of faiths and nations.

Here's A Sneak Preview Of Pixar's New Short On Hindu American Families

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.16.2015 | Religion

As a child of Hindu immigrants from India, animator Sanjay Patel had to learn early on how to navigate between two worlds: the culture ...

Navratri 2015: Hindus Celebrate The Mother Goddess During The Festival Of Nine Nights

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.22.2015 | Religion

Navratri is observed in the Hindu calendar month of Ashwin. In 2015, Navratri starts on October 13 and lasts until October 22. Durga Puja celebr...

Religious Practices and Local Wisdom

Sabbir Khan | Posted 10.07.2015 | Religion
Sabbir Khan

When elements of local culture are not in conflict with religious values they should be adopted freely, because local practices are born out of centuries of wisdom. The death of local practices usually precedes the death of native wisdom.

Muslim Woman Delivers Baby At Hindu Temple After Being Thrown Out Of Taxi

HuffPost India | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.05.2015 | Religion

This article first appeared on HuffPost India.  In an incident straight out of a Bollywood script, a distressed Muslim woman in labor and her hu...

The Bus Ride to 'Belief'

Sister Jenna | Posted 10.01.2015 | OWN
Sister Jenna

As I stood there, I knew this soul was sincere, and she was being called to serve humanity through two efforts: by elevating humanity into a pure experience of God and by showcasing the importance of beautiful connections through the power of relationships.

Swami Dayananda - A Jewish Appreciation

Alon Goshen-Gottstein | Posted 09.25.2015 | Religion
Alon Goshen-Gottstein

India has just lost one of its most important Hindu leaders, Swami Dayananda Saraswati. The media referred to him by appeal to his most celebrated student, India's prime minister, Narendra Modi. But Dayananda did not need Modi to be known in India, and globally.

Kumbh Mela Brings Thousands To The Godavari River For A Holy Dip

The Associated Press | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 08.26.2015 | Religion

NASIK, India (AP) — Thousands of devout Hindus began splashing into a west Indian river for the first official day Wednesday of bathing at one o...

India's Lost Opportunity For Reform: Narendra Modi Falters

Doug Bandow | Posted 08.26.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

India has extraordinary potential. Modi recently acknowledged that "there are huge global expectations for India." But for decades the Indian government has squandered its future.

Protesters Want Nepal Declared An Official Hindu State

The Associated Press | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 08.05.2015 | Religion

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — About 500 protesters demanding Nepal be declared a Hindu state in the country's new constitution clashed with poli...

Yoga Might Achieve What Communism Didn't: A Response to a Communist Critic of Yoga

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 06.22.2015 | Religion
Vamsee Juluri

Even if it seems commercialized and narcissistic at times, the yoga culture one sees today has not only an individual health and beauty element but a far more promising social-spiritual one.

War Makes Headlines, Peace Frequently Does Not: Interfaith Efforts Pave a Path to Peace. But What Are Each of Us Doing?

Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy | Posted 06.16.2015 | Religion
Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy

Interfaith connection can heal the world; but only if there is enough of it - and enough of it requires enough of us working hard at it.

Obfuscating the Crime in Pakistan

Hassan Raza | Posted 05.30.2015 | Religion
Hassan Raza

In an unfortunate incident that took place in Balochistan province of Pakistan on Friday night, dozens of heavily armed gunmen, wearing the uniforms o...

Pakistan's MQM Needs Reconfiguration

Liaquat Ali Khan | Posted 05.12.2015 | World
Liaquat Ali Khan

The MQM cannot discard its founder, Altaf Hussain. For almost forty years, Hussain has led the party and his contributions to larger political discourse are many.

Religion, Catechism, and Parables

Catherine Nagle | Posted 05.11.2015 | Religion
Catherine Nagle

Catechism classes were part of the Catholic education I received. But regardless of how much we know about religion, isn't it the same truth that we all come to sooner or later?

Bread Not Bibles for Nepal

Suhag A. Shukla, Esq. | Posted 05.01.2015 | Impact
Suhag A. Shukla, Esq.

Social media is abuzz too -- people posting prayers and calling for donations to one charity or another, or sharing human interest stories.

From 'Deafening Silence' to Desperate Silencing: Hinduphobia Denial Is Hinduphobia Too

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 04.20.2015 | Religion
Vamsee Juluri

This essay is not about Narendra Modi's silences, real or perceived. It is not about allegations of silence made and repeated in the echo-chamber of unimaginative media discourses. No. It is about a real silence that no one in the media bothers calling out.

An American Hindu in the 21st Century

Chris Fici | Posted 04.19.2015 | Religion
Chris Fici

The global Hindu community, while inextricably rooted in the peoples and soil of India and their diaspora, can't be superficially contained or constrained by boundary or ideology, or any kind of classification of race, gender, sexuality, or caste.