To me, all faiths shared similarities, and my childhood naiveté could not comprehend tension and factionalism within and between these religions. I was also incapable of understanding why my teacher went so in-depth with the Abrahamic faiths, but skipped over the eastern religions, including mine.
Today's polished yoga centers and Bikram studios are only the latest incarnation of a tradition that has adapted to fit changing cultures for thousands of years. Nations have risen and fallen. Religions have come and gone. The apple of ideas has passed from Eve to Newton to Jobs. But yoga, in some form or another, has remained.
The popular narrative in media and textbooks on the South Asian American population is that they've only existed in the United States for a few decades.
Four hundred years or more from now, could the narrative be changed? Could the swastika become a symbol of victory over persecution and genocide?
Among a slew of critical issues in India, secularism is what must be preserved above all. It is at the very core of India's multi faith based society.
Long before Mahatma Gandhi's activism inspired the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and civil rights leaders, another trans-Atlantic relationship would play a significant role in shaping African-American thought: the close friendship between W.E.B. Du Bois and Indian freedom fighter Lala Lajpat Rai, known by many as the Lion of Punjab.
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Since ancient times, astrology has been an important facet of Hindu belief. In contemporary India, it would be safe to say that few people take major decisions without consulting astrologers.
The Whitby was the first of many chartered ships that would bring Indians -- mostly poor Hindus from rural northern India -- to work on the sugar cane plantations in the British West Indies.
Discrimination, whether raced-based, caste-based, gender-based, or religion-based is just plain discrimination and it springs from ignorance and has no spiritual value. It only serves to distance us from other human beings and from God. It breeds more hatred and disunity inside of the person discriminating.
If Oprah Winfrey can be seen as a faith leader, then it can be said that public figures who embrace their Hindu identity and lead in the civic realm can be looked at in the same light. In other words, to inspire others with your own faith doesn't necessarily require religious vocational training or connection to religious centers.
With close to a billion adherents around the world, Hinduism is a major religion concentrated predominantly in the Indian subcontinent, and among individuals of Indian origin.
The thugs who cut down a dozen Charlie Hebdo are the international descendants of those who murder alleged blasphemers and apostates in Muslim nations.
Aside from the rich cultural heritage, there are priceless pearls of wisdom that continue to be passed down through the generations, even today. These heirlooms have grown to be an important part of our lives.
It is hard to find a major religion or secular ideology that has not been used by some of its adherents to justify violence against others.
No matter how deeply Muslims and Catholics have been hurt, we should be reassured that most have the character to accept this as the cost of respecting individual rights.