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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 yoga […]

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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 of Hinduism, only Hinduisms.” […]

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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 […]

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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 read: http://6thfloor.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/31/george-saunderss-advice-to-graduates/?src=me&ref=general&_r=0

Today, Hindus around the world celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights, which symbolizes the light of knowledge over the darkness of ignorance.  It’s a day for children to light small firecrackers, family and friends to exchange mithai, and celebrants to […]

This past Saturday, my friend and colleague at HAF, Suhag Shukla, delivered an amazing talk at the Marg Foundation on women, their role in Hinduism, and their roles in society today.  The text of her awesome speech, “The Vedic woman: […]

Gurcharan Das is the author of one my favorite books, The Difficulty of Being Good: The Subtle Art of Dharma. A friend of mine recently sent me a link to a great blog post by Das. It’s worth a quick […]

Looks like the NY yoga community successfully battled its case. Tax department officials ruled that yoga is not a “true exercise.” Read more here: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/yoga-ruled-true-exercise-state-tax-department-article-1.1123779

Last night, I had the opportunity to attend an amazing talk by Swami Swaroopananda of the Chinmaya Mission.  Swamiji has a lovely way of seamlessly integrating various stories into his talk as he makes his point.  His talk was entitled […]

This past Saturday was Hindu Unity Day, and I was invited to speak at the celebration at the Ganesh Temple in Flushing.  I was honored and humbled to share the stage with a number of eloquent and well-respected speakers, including […]