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Hindus, bindis, and cows in a car in Buenos Aires

posted by sheetal

I recently returned from an amazing five days in sunny Buenos Aires.  Both the city and its denizens are charming, warm, and welcoming.  As my husband and I strolled through the various neighborhoods, we found that Buenos Aires magically blended […]

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Hey Hey We’re the Monks Now (and People Say We’re Monkin’ Around)

posted by Vineet Chander

Ever wondered what its like to be a monk? Hinduism celebrates both asceticism and pragmatism; enlightenment can be attained, the wise explain, both by renouncing the worldly and (properly) engaging with it. Hindus revere the monk — whether a student […]

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The Yoga of “24”

posted by Vineet Chander

With “24″, “Lost”, and “Law and Order” all saying their goodbyes — and all rife with spiritual significance and religious symbolism — I wondered about a possible Hindu connection. Unfortunately, however, I wasn’t a devotee of any of the three […]

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Monkey Business

posted by Vineet Chander

Note to Self:  The next time you want to denigrate someone’s religion, make sure that you don’t accidentally denigrate someone else’s religion. Last week, Tea Party Express chairperson Mark Williams went on a tirade protesting a proposed mosque at Ground […]

Death and Love

posted by Vineet Chander

I found out yesterday that Kristin, a dear friend and spiritual colleague, departed from this world after battling cancer. She spent only twenty-five years in this lifetime; by anyone’s estimation, she left us too soon. In the Bhagavad-Gita, Lord Krishna […]

Draw Muhammad. Oh wait, no don’t.

posted by Vineet Chander

That old adage about a picture being worth a thousand words may need to be revised. Pictures of the prophet Muhammad have generated perhaps millions of words this week alone, without even being drawn. Today, May 20, has been designated […]

LAX Grounds Hare Krishnas

posted by Vineet Chander

Is it the end of an era? After a 13-year battle with the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) for the right to distribute Hindu religious literature, Hare Krishna (ISKCON) devotees may finally have to throw in the towel. A California […]

A Sari State of Affairs

posted by Vineet Chander

I remember attending a sort of “Hindu pride” class as a pre-teen tween, and being taught the glories of all things Indian (or “Vedic” as our teacher would say).  “Vedic clothes” — dhoti for the males and sari for the […]

The Fundamentals

posted by Vineet Chander

I fashion myself a pretty tolerant and accepting guy, but there is one “religion,” I must admit, that I simply can’t stand.  Its doctrines and practices make my blood boil. Its champions bug me, its devotees test my patience. So […]

Crashers, Wishers, and Assassins

posted by Vineet Chander

Here’s a free tip for anyone who is lucky enough to be a guest at the White House: if you return from the restroom to find an exuberant blond lady in a red sari in your seat, taking Facebook-bound pictures […]

Pilgrims and Hindus for Thanksgiving

posted by Vineet Chander

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 […]

Diwali at the Chapel

posted by Vineet Chander

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 […]

The Home Team

posted by Vineet Chander

The New York Yankees, World Series champions yet again, are preparing to have 50 tons of confetti dropped on them. Yes, Math Wizards, that would be 100,000 pounds of little, tiny bits of paper. On Friday, the champions will be […]

3 Times a Day

posted by Vineet Chander

I like the idea that one should be able to look at another faith and think  There is something in this other religious tradition that I really value and I wish we had it. I can learn something here.  The […]

Hindu Humor?

posted by Vineet Chander

Recently, a reader included this concern in his or her following comment to one of my earlier posts: Lastly, I do want to mention that I am not sure that the title of the blog refers to the sacred mantra […]

Previous Posts

Is Asana Religious?
Last week, I received an inquiry from a Christian theologian interested in showing that “the postures of Yoga” (asana) are directly tied to Hinduism and thus, cannot be easily incorporated into daily life by Christians.  While the origin of ...

posted 2:48:02pm Jul. 17, 2014 | read full post »

India's Holy Men by Joey L.
I just ran across these stunning images of Holy Men by photographer Joey L. The initial set of images are of Indian sadhus living in the holy city of Varanasi...and they are absolutely ...

posted 11:54:40am Mar. 03, 2014 | read full post »

The Idea of a Constructed Hindu Identity
The following piece was written by my friend Raman Khanna, who is also a member of the Hindu American Foundation's Executive Council. “Hinduism was invented recently.” “The word Hindu is problematic.” “It’s not accurate to speak ...

posted 5:21:42pm Jan. 23, 2014 | read full post »

Coalition Against Reality: Deconstructing an Attack on the Hindu American Foundation
Principled opposition is expected when litigating issues in the public square, and the Hindu American Foundation (HAF) , for which I serve as the Senior Director, has at times faced stiff opposition from the right and left of the ideological ...

posted 5:38:10pm Jan. 06, 2014 | read full post »

Advice on kindness
My yoga teacher sent me the below link to George Saunders' convocation speech at Syracuse University for the class of 2013. It's worth a ...

posted 10:24:26am Aug. 08, 2013 | read full post »

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