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

Mangalarati

This post is part of a series: Snapshots of the Eco-Village. It’s 4:15 AM. The sleepy murmur of chanting fills the temple as devotees sit in early morning meditation. Although many remain asleep, those who have awakened early are alert and focused on their precious moments of silence with their meditation on the Holy Name. … Continue reading Mangalarati

Reverence for the Earth

Originally written for the magazine "Mandir Vani," Allegra Lovejoy and Parth Parihar are sharing our article here. Dharmic traditions are Earth-honoring traditions. While the prevailing response to climate change in the West has emphasized stewardship and responsible management (i.e., for future generations), the dharmic standpoint accords moral value, even divinity, to the environment itself, independently … Continue reading Reverence for the Earth

Ahimsa: Protecting Our Sacred Waters

Written for GreenFaith Our Voices and originally posted at http://ourvoices.net/evoke/blog/sacred-waters/view In June, I had the honor of joining fifty-five other young religious leaders in a GreenFaith Climate Convergence to learn about challenges presented by climate change in Louisiana and to find our voices in responding to ecological destruction. The very first part of our week together was a … Continue reading Ahimsa: Protecting Our Sacred Waters

Musings on Govardhan

Happy Govardhan Utsav! Govardhan Utsav (also called Annakuta) marks the day during the sacred month of Karttika when, at Krishna's persuasion, the Vrajabasis made an offering to Govardhan Hill in place of their annual Indra-yagna. I find this story incredibly confusing and wanted to try to unpack it a little. It's funny; Govardhan and Giriraj … Continue reading Musings on Govardhan

The Meaning of Diwali: Love, Justice, and Community

Excerpted from a post originally published on the Huffington Post. Read more (and comment responsibly) here. Today is Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. It's a holiday celebrating the triumph of good over evil, of justice over injustice, of... To be honest, these phrases, rolling so easily off the tongue in answer to the inquisitive … Continue reading The Meaning of Diwali: Love, Justice, and Community

Miserliness of Heart (Karttika 2012)

Well, I’m back. Back at Princeton, back to “life,” and back to myself, a little bit. The last week has been very rough, psychologically, and since arriving on campus I’ve tried to gain a little more groundedness and perspective. A lot of my problems come from not appreciating my actual situation and living instead in … Continue reading Miserliness of Heart (Karttika 2012)

An Adventure, and Meditation on Sloth (Karttika 2012)

I missed yesterday’s post; it ended up being a bit of a crazy day. I biked into Lower Manhattan to drop off some supplies at my temple and to check out the scene. People were using fire-hoses to “de-water” their basements and shops all over Lower Manhattan and pushing their flooded-out cars down the block, … Continue reading An Adventure, and Meditation on Sloth (Karttika 2012)

Sleeping with the Sacred (Karttika 2012)

It’s said that every time of suffering is a blessing spiritually, and an opportunity to move closer to God. I’ve always found this to be true; I sit closer to Krishna when I’m suffering, and my faith is strengthened from it. One of the greatest blessings of the last month has been the sense of … Continue reading Sleeping with the Sacred (Karttika 2012)