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Four minutes for the four yogas

posted by sheetal

Just a few weeks ago, the Hindu Students Association (HSA) released a beautifully animated short film on the four yogas of Hinduism:  bhakti yoga, karma yoga, jnana yoga, and raja yoga.   The four minute film concisely and effectively highlights the […]

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Death and Dying in Eastern Traditions

posted by Vineet Chander

This video, provides a succinct and thoughtful look into death and dying in the major eastern traditions, including Hinduism. It was originally shown at a Smithsonian Institute seminar on May22, 2010, given by Professor Graham Schweig, and titled “Comparative ReligiousBeliefs: […]

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Video: Getting Hindu-ized… for the Olympics?

posted by Vineet Chander

I’ve been wanting to blog about the Olympics because, well, let’s face it, everyone is absorbed in Olympics Consciousness right now. Wouldn’t it be cool to find a Hindu connection? It hasn’t been easy. I thought I did a pretty […]

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Calling on Avatar

posted by Vineet Chander

In a case of life imitating art imitating art, it appears that the blockbuster (and, as I’ve discussed, sort of Hindu-ish) film Avatar has a very real-world application. Reportedly, a British charity called Survival (which campaigns on behalf of tribal […]

Video: Govinda on Ice

posted by Vineet Chander

With Winter Olympics XXI kicking off, I’m wondering if there will be a Hindu connection to speak of. Lets face it — India, the seat of Hindu culture, is not exactly renowned for its excellence in sports that involve snow […]

When the Prince is the Pauper

posted by Vineet Chander

England’s Prince William spent a cold winter’s night  on the streets of central London last week. Along with others from the homelessness charity Centrepoint (which William is a patron and spokesperson of), the dashing young heir-to-the-throne slept in an old […]

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 […]

Video: Karma!

posted by Vineet Chander

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 […]

Guest Review: Sita Sings the Blues

posted by Vineet Chander

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 […]

Halloween Hare Krishnas, take two

posted by Vineet Chander

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. Note: The selection above is hosted by […]

Namaste! (Now can I get an Amen?)

posted by Vineet Chander

I blogged the other day about the concept of holy envy, and the broader idea of learning from one another’s spiritual traditions. So you can imagine how pleased I was when I came across this little gem, in which Pastor […]

Review: Karnamrita stirs the soul

posted by Vineet Chander

Ever wake up smiling? I went to see Dasi Karnamrita lead kirtan at the Ashtanga Yoga Studio and Ganesh Temple in New York City last night. In a word, the evening was magical. I can’t quite put my finger on […]

Obama on Rama

posted by Vineet Chander

My inbox was flooded today with emails from friends, co-workers, and family members, full of smiley face emoticons and an overuse of exclamation marks, excitedly directing me to YouTube to see President Obama deliver his Diwali Message. The two minute […]

Happy Diwali, Mr. President

posted by Vineet Chander

How’s this for an early Diwali gift for Hindu-Americans (and, perhaps, Hindus around the world): President Barack Obama lit a ceremonial diya (traditional candle) and delivered a characteristically smooth speech in which he declared that he was happy to join […]

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 yoga is undoubtedly tied to the Hindu sacred texts, th

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 breathtaking. http://www.joeyl.com/personal-galleries/holy-men-2/

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 of Hinduism, only Hinduisms.” More than a decade has

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 spectrum in response to various positions, reports, and st

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

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

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