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Bare Naked Gratitude

Edie Weinstein | Posted 11.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Edie Weinstein

Sitting here on a frigid Philly afternoon, while the sun is streaming in through my windows, and the wind is gently stirring the trees, I am about to ...

Taking Yoga to Government

Sister Jenna | Posted 11.18.2014 | World
Sister Jenna

I wonder if world leaders observing this call to greater awareness are also waking up to a new dimension of leadership, for both themselves and those they've been tasked with leading.

12 Illuminating Sanskrit Words for Christmas Yoga Meditations

Rowan Lommel | Posted 02.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Rowan Lommel

Though for us moving toward the Winter Solstice light is now diminishing, yoga philosophy suggests there is a light within that never wanes.

Behind Great Dreams is the Dreamer

Anita Verma | Posted 10.19.2013 | Impact
Anita Verma

His dreams of a successful business career and studying in the United States were bigger than the tiny Indian village he was born in.

Yoga and Human Rights: Exercising Our Power for Change

Mark Laham | Posted 07.01.2013 | Impact
Mark Laham

Recognizing the potential impact of linking these movements -- and in the spirit of global unity -- Amnesty International and I are hosting a "borderless" one-hour live online yoga class in honour of the very courageous Nasrin Sotoudeh.

The Real Meaning Of 'Om'

James Brown | Posted 06.18.2013 | Healthy Living
James Brown

When I started doing yoga, I loved most of what happened in the classes. One thing I did not love, though, was the chanting of "om." None of my early teachers could explain what it meant or why we were doing it.

Shri Chaitanya: The Golden Avatar Of Love

Gadadhara Pandit Dasa | Posted 05.26.2013 | Religion
Gadadhara Pandit Dasa

Shri Chaitanya is known as the golden avatar of love because he came to freely distribute love of God to anyone who was willing to accept it. He didn't consider a person's caste or creed and welcomed all to the spiritual practice.

A Valentine to Love

Lissa Coffey | Posted 04.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Lissa Coffey

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 Hindu Santa 'Clause'

Deepak Sarma | Posted 02.11.2013 | Religion
Deepak Sarma

That festive "Holiday" season is again upon us. It's a challenging time for members of the Hindu Diaspora, who often reflect upon the degree to which they and their children have acculturated or assimilated.

Is Sanskrit (In)dispensable For Hindu Liturgy?

Deepak Sarma | Posted 12.12.2012 | Religion
Deepak Sarma

It may be a critical time for Hindus, especially diasporic Hindus, to reflect on this. After all, many second-generation diasporic Hindus are neither familiar with Sanskrit nor with the vernacular language of their parents and may, consequently, opt to jettison their Hindu identities.

What's In a Name?

Vaishali | Posted 08.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Vaishali

It is from personal experience that I endorse and prescribe what Vedantic psychology has known for thousands of years. Change the name and you change the person.

Touching the Untouchables in a Rural Indian Village

Jim Luce | Posted 03.17.2012 | World
Jim Luce

I have been privileged to visit two "Untouchable" villages while here on pilgrimage in India -- the first about four miles outside Bodh Gaya in Bihar province, and the other about four hours south of here, in the village of Dumri in Jharkhand province.

Peeling Back The Layers Of Sanskrit And Vedic Chanting

Suhag A. Shukla, Esq. | Posted 08.19.2011 | Religion
Suhag A. Shukla, Esq.

As a second-generation Hindu American immersed in English, how can I ever hope to fully comprehend the detailed knowledge found in the Vedas and other Sanskrit texts?

Dharma Is Not The Same As Religion

Rajiv Malhotra | Posted 09.26.2011 | Religion
Rajiv Malhotra

A non-religious society may still be ethical without belief in God, but an a-dharmic society loses its ethical compass and falls into corruption and decadence.

How Europeans Misappropriated Sanskrit To Form The Aryan Race Theory

Rajiv Malhotra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rajiv Malhotra

It is not widely known that the European quest to appropriate Sanskrit motivated the construction of the "Aryan" race identity, one of the ideological roots of Nazism.

Maha Shivratri: Constructive Destruction In The Cycle Of Life

Anju Bhargava | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Anju Bhargava

Maha Shivaratri is celebrated every year on the 13th night and 14th day in the Krishna Paksha (waning moon) of the month of Magha or Phalguna (February-March) in the Hindu Calendar.

The Sacred Act Of Eating: A Hindu Foodie's Daily Ritual

Deepa S. Iyer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Deepa S. Iyer

Creating a new dish after a long workday, I feel a connection to my (now deceased) great grandmother, who also viewed cooking as a daily ritual.

Can the Culture of Tibet Still Be Saved?

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

Two new documentaries show the cultural impact of Communist China's efforts to suppress the culture of Tibet. Each is fascinating in its own right. Together, they make a powerful statement about the importance of cultural identity.

Mani Ratnam's Raavanan: The Must-See International Film of 2010

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Jim Luce

Raavanan, the new Indian film produced in both Hindi and Tamil, premiered at the Tenth Annual Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council (MIAAC) Film Festiva...

Batman Comics Writer Renovates India's Ancient Epic

Betwa Sharma | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Betwa Sharma

Grant Morrison, author of comics like Fantastic Four, Batman and Superman, and Indian artist Mukesh Singh, are putting a high-voltage spin on the Sanskrit saga.

Birthday Lessons From Lord Mahavir

Nikhil Bumb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Nikhil Bumb

Here are two lessons from the core of Mahavir's teachings that we can all learn from, and who knows, perhaps even find room to apply them in our lives.

Sita Sings the Blues: A Vibrant Ramayana Retelling with Humor and Pathos

Alex Remington | Posted 01.25.2010 | Entertainment
Alex Remington

Cartoonist Nina Paley spent six years making Sita Sings the Blues, a tragic love story about a prince named Rama who suspects his wife Sita has been unfaithful.

Finding the Perfect Yoga for You

Erica Heinz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Erica Heinz

People are always asking me what kind of yoga they should do. So to them I say, yoga practice is like wine appreciation -- the best way to learn is to taste.

To Regulate or Not Regulate Yoga Teacher Training

Jane Shure | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jane Shure

I fear for how the effort to regulate yoga might set the yoga industry up to be like so many other industries -- controlled by the biggest and richest.

In Sri Lanka: The Basics for Americans

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

As I travel through Sri Lanka, covering the nation as it seeks reconciliation among its diverse population after decades of conflict, I am receiving e-mails from my friends at home asking me to review the basics.