Reflections

Embracing Amma’s Love

Embracing Amma’s Love

One Friday evening this past June, I was taking a walk after dinner. While walking, I contemplated my heartfelt wish to meet Amma (Mata Amritanandamayi, also known as the hugging saint) at her San Ramon Ashram. I had met Amma once in 2006 and received from her a...

Who is a Hindu?

Who is a Hindu? In spite of attending Balavihar and Yuvakendra programs, there are many who have a vague concept of what comprises this mysterious birthright: visiting temples, lighting lamps, pasting marks on the forehead, falling flat on the floor in the hope that...

An Unbelievable Peace

The air was filled with the droning sound of “Om.” I felt a miraculous and positive feeling as I stood among thousands of people at an Art of Living session presided over by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, in March 2008 in Mumbai, India. Art of Living courses are held all over...

Retreat into Vipassana

I was between jobs and wanted to get initiated into meditation to quiet my overactive mind, and also wanted to understand the nature of thoughts and their role in shaping our everyday lives. I visited Northern California Vipassana Association’s (NCVA) website,...

To Do Karma is Our Dharma

When our son Nayan was 9 years old, he joined the local cub scout troop in Michigan. The other children in the troop were planning to work towards their respective religious awards. He asked if he could work towards a Hindu award, and we agreed. However, we soon found...
Unraveling India and Hinduism

Unraveling India and Hinduism

Imagine my world for a minute. I am an American, born and raised in the Midwest, in the midst of the Bible belt. Christian churches were abundant, and I attended nearly every service. I grew up in the middle of everything wholesome that you associate with...