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November 2009 Archives

Today, November 28, 2009, millions of Hindus around the world will celebrate Gita Jayanti, the “birthday” of the sacred wisdom text, Bhagavad Gita. (It is actually the anniversary of the day the Gita is believed to have been spoken – […]

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“Black Friday” — the day after Thanksgiving, which officially kicks-off the Christmas shopping season — doesn’t always bring out the best in humanbeings. Adults start to behave like unruly children, shoving and fighting one another over that last flat screen […]

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At some point during the Mumbai terror attacks, somewhere between the first shot fired on  November 26, 2008 and the tragic end on November 29, 2008, the Mumbai police officially declared a state of emergency. In the heart of downtown […]

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Today, November 26, 2009, marks the one year anniversary of the Mumbai terror attacks– beginning on November 26, 2008 and lasting until November 29, 2008, terrorists sent by an Islamic extremist group in Pakistan coordinated more than ten shooting and […]

What do Diwali, Holi, Shiva Ratri, and Thanksgiving all have in common? Give up? They’re all originally Hindu holidays, of course! Really? Well, sort of. At least this is the hypothesis put forth by Richard Salva —  a minister, yoga […]

Okay, so I know that Karma doesn’t exactly work this way. But still, if you are going to try to demonstrate one of the most complex and intricate aspects of Hindu philosophy in 38 hilarious seconds, this is probably not […]

After the interest generated in my last post about a Bhakti interpretation of Sita’s banishment, I thought it’d be fun to do a review of Nina Paley’s Sita Sings the Blues. Before I could get to it, though, my friend […]

Many Hindus consider Lord Rama and his wife Sita Devi to be incarnations of the Divine in personal form, the God and Goddess that together constitute the Supreme. In my blog post yesterday — based  on a reflection that I […]

Reuniting Rama and Laksmi:What can two Diwali narratives tell us about living our lives today? When I was a child, every Diwali night before going to bed, our family did something which I thought was extraordinary. We unlocked and slightly […]

Apologies for my hiatus from blogging on OSO. I have spent the last week busily engaged in hosting a special Diwali celebration at Princeton University (where, as my day job, I direct the University’s newly created Hindu Life Program). The […]