It took me years to understand the idea of God, a God that is not a thing or a being, but a formless, indefinable, imaginary but real energy that caused life and sustained it, as we witness it every moment of the day.
Colorism, as it turns out, is a deeply rooted issue among many within the Indian Diaspora, and it's not limited to one particularly faith tradition or ethnicity.
Austin has the reputation of being not your typical Texas town -- it's more liberal and more secular than the rest of this Bible Belt state. Perceptions notwithstanding, there's plenty of religion going on in Austin. You can see it from the street.
While no one can deny the stark differences that exist between the traditions, I would like to put greater focus on the similarities. We spend enough time differentiating ourselves from others, which only leads to factions.
Ommm. It's often the first and last sound in your ears in a yoga class. But what does it mean? Perhaps you've heard it defined as "the sound of the universe" -- but what does that really mean?
How can we pretend that the various scriptures, dogmas, ethics and rituals all lead to one universal truth? Only one not well versed in various religions could be so oblivious of the vast differences.
Diwali is a quiet event in the Himalayan mountains. But in Calcutta, Diwali is celebrated in grand style. So this year, we decided to stay back. I was delighted. I would finally get to spend Diwali with friends.
There were so many good times in my life, I was bound to step into some bad times. The world had only taught me how to laugh, but it knew it had to eventually teach me how to cry too.
We may not all agree on the precise paths for the goal of overcoming poverty, illiteracy, disease and violence. But even consensus about these as shared goals of our common life and as essential to the meaning of being Hindu is a grand step.
Hindu American community members must work to build interfaith, cross-cultural, and common cause alliances with others impacted by bullying so that the community's voices resonates much more strongly with education policy makers.
While I knew I was supposed to be lying there absorbing the present moment in serene bliss, my mind was actually jumping all over the place, from emails unsent to poetry to health concerns to spiritual thoughts to housework undone to plans for future decades, while my body felt stiff as a board.
An avatar is the being of Ishwar himself when he comes back and takes birth in a human body. In Jainism, everyone has the potential to become a bhagwan. Furthermore, the position is not reserved for any one person.
For all the Gandhi-reverence we learned in our schools and culture, it seems to me an incredible loss that I did not ever get a chance to read his book Hind Swaraj anywhere in the course of my school or college education. Now that I teach it in some of my classes.
The best way to report about the Hindu American community is to engage in genuine dialogue with its members. Showing up to festivals barely scratches the surface of understanding and often gives journalists the wrong impression about the diversity within a community.
As I strolled down the streets, and sat at one of India's northern hill stations, those who didn't know me would often look at me funny -- a full grown, bearded, well-dressed Indian man flipping through a stack of illustrated Hindi children's storybooks.
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.