As a sort of post-script to my blog about Halloween-Hare-Krishnas, check out this video of a carnival in Croatia (yes, Croatia), where one of the groups participating dressed up as Hare Krishna devotees.
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So you can imagine how pleased I was when I came across this little gem, in which Pastor Eddie D. Smith speaks about the Hindu concept of greeting someone with the term Namaste and applies it especially to the plight of young Black men:
“Imagine there is a puddle. When it rains, the puddle is filled
with water. When it doesn’t, the puddle dries up. Now compare that to
the ocean. The ocean is so deep, it doesn’t matter if it rains above or
it is dry weather. Your inner depth should be as much as the ocean, so
you are not fazed by the external praise or criticism. For that, you
must truly do work that is meaningful to you, have love in your heart
for others and help people. And when you achieve inner depth, the
external world’s rewards won’t matter to you as much.”
I can’t quite put my finger on it, but there was something about the show that made it seem less like a performance and more like a shared prayer. Maybe it was the studio itself, which houses an authentic South Indian style temple honoring Lord Ganesh, Lord Shiva, and Sri Sri Radha-Krishna, lit by traditional oil lamps. Maybe it was the poignant black and white portraits of beloved Ashtanga Yoga master Sri Pattabhi Jois, who passed away earlier this year, dotting the soft pink walls.
Or maybe it was Karnamrita herself, her lilting voice accompanied only by the pleasant drone of the harmonium and the tight beats of a traditional Bengali khol drum. Continue Reading This 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 breathtaking.
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 of Hinduism, only Hinduisms.”
More than a decade has
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 read:
Indian State makes Yoga mandatory in grade school Last week, the Times of India reported that the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh is making yoga mandatory for school children in grades 1 - 5. What a great idea!
The article can be found online at http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-07-31/news/40914078_1_yoga-teachers-chouhan-maste