Let's love the highest, starting with ourselves. This is where we start. This is where the seed is planted, where love can grow, and thrive, and blossom within each one of us into a delightful bounty that can be shared.
The Presidential Inaugural Committee billed the National Prayer Service as a celebration of "the values and diversity that make us strong." But if it was meant to celebrate diversity then it was difficult to see how.
If someone claims to be a spiritual person, and that is indeed the most important thing in their life, because it has changed their life for the better, and they know it could do the same thing for others, why would they be such misers that they don't share that with others?
Leave it to the venerable Economist to continue to scoop the Internet through sheer ingenuity. Who but The Economist would run a cover story entitled "A Rough Guide to Hell," in its year-end double issue?
As I ponder Shiva (a Hindu deity) in my unconventional shiva (Jewish mourning), I feel no worries over the mixing of traditions. I have chosen to creatively align with the positives of being my father's daughter.
Against all odds, the swami became an instant sensation, not as some carnival attraction but as a fresh, erudite voice that spoke with authority, in impeccable English, about his own tradition, religious harmony and the universal truths at the unseen depths of all religions.
Honoring, remembering, and memorializing Jyoti Singh Pandey is our collective karma.
Although there exist several differences between the two traditions, if we hope to love our neighbors as ourselves, then collectively we need to make an attempt to cross these bridges instead of just standing on one side looking across.
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.
I was recently asked if there is a form of secular meditation that I could recommend. However, meditation properly understood tends to already be light on religion.
As I stepped barefoot through the lake's sacred gateway, a man drizzled orange flower petals into my palm.
Imagine a world where all of humanity feared less. Where we found less of a reason to await potential tragedy of every shape and size.
In our grief over the tragic loss of these beautiful lives we may find solace in knowing that no evil, not even death itself can harm their immortal souls. For they are forever the precious children of our Lord.
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.
The powerful mix of music, friendship, collaboration, and spiritual transformation constitutes a unique legacy. In celebrating the remarkable life of Pandit Ravi Shankar, it should be appreciated as much as his astonishing virtuosity.
Temple attendance is an awful criterion to apply to Hindus, since their tradition does not emphasize congregational activity and many Hindus prefer to do their spiritual practices on home altars and meditation cushions.