Originally posted on the Princeton Hindu Satsangam blog as part of our Navratri series.When I was assigned to reflect on the second form of Devi, I was both excited and intimidated to meditate on the Divine as the bestower of grace and patron of spiritual seekers. Brahmacharini, the form of Devi who is honored on … Continue reading Navadurga Brahmacharini: Blessing the Seeker
Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted in spite of your changing moods. - C. S. Lewis I’m in the midst of a monthlong “vacation” of some kind – that interval between summer work and college where most people unplug on some level to travel, visit friends, and relax. … Continue reading Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted in spite of your changing moods.
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
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
Sometimes I wonder what it would take to cause me to doubt my religious beliefs, or break the observances I hold so dear. As a religious convert, I’m probably a bit more enthusiastic about religious observances than most, a badge I wear with pride and no small amount of self-deprecation. Generally, once I learn about … Continue reading Ekadasi in Paris: Religious Observances and Travel
The question that has stood out most in my mind as I've been exploring the Rig Veda and other early Hindu scriptures has been on the conception of the Divine laid out in these texts. They way they conceptualize and relate to the Divine is very different, surprisingly so. In this post I've given an … Continue reading Questioning the Divine: The Creator in the Rig Veda
Adapted from the longer essay "Let the Ocean Carry." One common characteristic of Oriental religious texts is that the more beautiful and poetic they are, the less clear they are on doctrine. In Islam, however, we are fortunate to have a common source and inspiration for all the centuries of Islamic poetry and art: the … Continue reading Grace in Islam and Beyond