The literal translation of guru is someone who is a “dispeller of darkness.” The darkness here is ignorance.
Idolatry refers to the worship of a tangible idol, such as a statue or an icon. In Abrahamic religions, idolatry denotes the worship of something other than God — a false God, to be exact (note: there
Why can’t we recognize love as it exists, love in the form that our material nature demands it to be?
I’ve practiced yoga on and off for years, but only started a serious, dedicated daily practice on my birthday last year. One and a half years in, I have begun experiencing the truth of the wise words
Aside from the beautiful saris and gold jewelry that characterize much of the Indian subcontinent’s culture, one of the most internationally-known body adornments worn by Hindu and Jain women is the bindi, a red dot applied between the
Rites of passage transport you into a new realm of living. In Hinduism, these are known as samskara. One of the most poignant of these is called upanayana, which marks the beginning of the acceptance of a
The following keynote was presented at the annual BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha Women’s Conference in Robbinsville, NJ on Saturday, April 21, 2018. Jai Swāminārāyan. What an honor it is to be here today. I’m reminded of my last
How could a message of discrimination make sense in a religion that went so far to say that all people are divine, whether they’re even Hindu or not? There were things that didn’t make sense to me
The arts and Hinduism are often two faces of the same coin. Dance forms, such as Bharatanatyam, are performed to evoke spirituality, to visually represent the messages entailed within the Vedas, the primary body of Hindu scriptures,
Even if people know little about Hinduism as a religion, they well may be convinced that Hindus don’t eat meat as a rule. The reality is more complicated.