Opposition to same-sex marriage has never been and should never be a defining mark of what it means to be Hindu.
At a time when religious differences seem to be dividing us, it's encouraging to come upon the hidden jewels of one religion reflected in the jewels of others.
Another entry from my work in progress, An Opinionated Dictionary of Religion. Yoga: noun. A physical regimen that is also a spiritual regimen. ...
Uma Gupta is a whole person. She is a worldly person, working with leaders in large organizations, advising them on a variety of topics in global leadership. She is also a spiritual teacher, fiercely devoted to to her inner life.
With the bright lights from the London skyline seeping into the ninth floor room at EY, one of the "big four" international professional services firms, Radhanath Swami gave his keynote address at their Diwali cultural showcase, "Life Beyond Borders".
For the first time, Hindu teachings will take a prominent role in this effort, as a growing coalition of Hindu organizations, leaders, and interfaith allies are ramping up efforts to protect Matru Bhumi through the Bhumi Devi ki Jai! A Hindu Declaration on Climate Change.
What is it about this particular threat that gives it such inordinate emotional power, far beyond the danger that it actually poses to most of us. Why does terrorism terrorize?
Jealously is holy if it moves us to be better people. Jealousy is holy if it inspires one religious community to mimic the good things that other faith communities do.
Gautama claimed that he did not create the Four Noble Truths (the centerpiece of his philosophy) but that he rediscovered this crucial but forgotten ancient wisdom. Meditation is the vehicle through which we discover and embrace these four truths -- the only metaphysical truths available to us -- which are not simply insights, but prescriptions for being.
Hindus define their own practice, and it's hard to get a good sense of the Hindu community's overall diversity and practice simply by surveying temple-goers. Hinduism, unlike other faiths, does not define itself by the number of times one goes to a temple or offers prayers.
The election loss in the heartland state came after a period of intense debate over tolerance and India's national identity. Attacks on minorities and rationalists, combined with communalist rhetoric and religion-based policies aggravated India's long simmering 'culture-wars.'
The light at the threshold of the home on the night of Diwali is there to remind us that our awakening to the light of God in our hearts is incomplete if it does not radiate from within us to the darkness of the world outside.
From the big festivals like Easter, Ramadan or Diwali to regional celebrations - the food adds a delicious story-line to every occasion. Growing up i...
At first glance, the idea of having an interreligious prayer might seem disingenuous and perhaps even insulting; one might ask whether or not the prayer is truly "meaningful": does the language used reflect how one understands their idea and conceptualization of the divine?
Why am I doing this? What purpose does it serve? Where on earth am I going? These are questions I ask myself more than once in the course of my journeys to Bandarpunch, Nanda Devi and Kailash.
In January of this year, as a gift to myself, I attended a spiritual adventure throughout North India with my beloved friend and mentor. Having traveled to this spectacular land before, I knew the experience was going to be extraordinary, but I was quite unprepared for the depth of my inner journey.