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

Snapshots at the Eco Village

I’ve spent the last two and a half months volunteering at Govardhan Eco-Village in Maharashtra, India. The Eco-Village – ‘GEV,’ as we call it – was established 12 years ago by His Holiness Radhanath Swami as a Krishna Conscious rural farm community offering spiritual education, rural development, Ayurvedic healing, environmental-sustainability R&D, and a sattvik (peaceful … Continue reading Snapshots at the Eco Village

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

Yoga Is Meant to Make Us Whole

We bring ego into yoga in so many ways. There's so much going on in the body, mind, and emotional self, so of course all these things complicate yoga. It's amazing to see all the yoga classes that qualitatively seem no different than workout parlors. I've even had teachers like this who studied in India, … Continue reading Yoga Is Meant to Make Us Whole

First Steps on the Path of Yoga

Eighteen months ago, I embarked on a journey of faith. This journey has taken me to places and people I never dreamed of meeting. I never thought I would be a member and servant of the Hindu community at Princeton. I never thought I’d spend all my free time at a Hindu temple not far … Continue reading First Steps on the Path of Yoga