With the spiritual wealth accumulated through centuries of discourse within India, Diasporic Hindu communities have been able to use that capital in helping to evolve the spiritual traditions and acclimate within diverse settings across the globe.
As an only child who by his own admittance grew up "sitting on the couch", Pandit suddenly had to share living space with over 60 other monks, sleeping on the floor, taking cold showers, and dodging malaria in one of the world's most overpowering metropolises.
Salinger's magic was in the observant way he used detail to make his characters come alive. On just a surface level, it never matters much what happens in a Salinger story, because it's such a pleasure simply of hanging around and listening to his people interact.
If Krishna came to the rescue of every rape victim in the world, we would surely all drown in the mountains of never-ending cloth unraveled by perplexed perpetrators.
the "Abused Goddess" campaign would do well to distinguish its good intentions of restoring respect for women from the tendency to be co-opted as another piece of malicious anti-Hindu propaganda.
By sheer nature of the added emotional component with which one takes on such a task, the act of fasting naturally entails a process of personal introspection and growth.
While I've gotten my fair share of the expected questions (caste, karma, reincarnation), one question continues to be a challenge and opportunity: How can teachers explain Hinduism in a way that moves outside of India?
India has taught me that there are endless paths to reach the same destination. Hindus believe in many deities, but ultimately and regardless of the deity they choose to worship, they believe that they will be lead to the same truth.
Our quests to achieve our own ultimate potential chart many different routes through the world, and Weil's self-sacrifice was one of the most difficult and inspiring. Is there a way of learning from her example while continuing with the lives we're living now?
Perhaps the biggest catalyst of my understanding, however, was having three of my closest friends in college serve as my spiritual sounding boards. Sometimes, we'd go from the club to an all-night diner and talk religion, getting into lively debates about reconciling the secular from the sacred.
On Aug. 21 this year, Hindus all over the world celebrate Raksha Bandhan or Rahki -- a time dedicated to the love and caring between brothers and sisters.
His dreams of a successful business career and studying in the United States were bigger than the tiny Indian village he was born in.
I am more convinced than ever that to work and create earth-centered ecologically-sound communities and local food cultures, grounded in the timeless wisdom of ancient spiritual tradition, is the most vital justice work of our time and also the true spiritual revolution of our time.
The sound of horse hoofs is ingrained in the mind of every Hindu child while still in its mother's womb. It is a sound that is passed on from generation to generation.
Science shows me a perfect machine and nothing more. But could the source of gravity be God? I realize that that the logic of God's existence is indisputable. Being born into a religious family has many advantages, but I've never been challenged to think about the existence of God.
Exercising your right as parents to educate your child's educators can help us make for more respectful and pluralistic discourses in the classroom while helping your child feel equally American and Hindu.