Interview on Hindu Identity

Recently I had the pleasure of conducting an interview with Mat McDermott, a contributing writer for Patheos, on Hindu identity. It was engaging opportunity to express my experiences as a White person adopting a Hindu practice and culture. When and why did you first identify as Hindu? I started exploring a Hindu identification pretty immediately. … Continue reading Interview on Hindu Identity

An Argument for Dedication

This post is a follow-up to my last post on Spiritual Relativism. I'll be more direct here on why a parampara is important and hope that readers can understand where I'm coming from - and respond to points of offense. I'll also note that this is focused on spiritual relativism/spiritual exploration as relevant to the yoga … Continue reading An Argument for Dedication

Spiritual Relativism

My friend Chris recently wrote an article for the Huffington Post on the blessing of guru parampara (connection to a lineage of teachers) and the spiritual relativism of modern-day seekers. As a former spiritual relativist now committed to an orthodox Hindu parampara (to encapsulate my life history in a nutshell), I've struggled with this question … Continue reading Spiritual Relativism

Alternate Time: Friendship and Revelation in the Bhagavad-Gita

An essay on how the Bhagavad-Gita occurs as a moment of "expansion of time" in the Mahabharata. I have taken a relationship-centric perspective (or, perhaps, a bhakti perspective), arguing that Arjuna's existential crisis and a deepening of the relationship between Krishna and Arjuna is the inner purpose for this dialogue. It has been pointed out … Continue reading Alternate Time: Friendship and Revelation in the Bhagavad-Gita