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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...
The True Meaning of Christmas

The True Meaning of Christmas

Among Christian festivals and holidays, Christmas remains the most popular. Much of this popularity is due to the commercial nature of the holiday. For most of us, especially in the West, Christmas is nothing more than an occasion to exchange gifts. Someone said...

Why I Reclaimed My Vegetarian Way of Life

It was cold for a Californian as I experienced the harshness of a Toronto winter for the first time. Blustery cold winds were howling, and the windowpanes of our car shuddered from the strong gusts as we halted in front of the ISKCON temple. I had visited Canada...
Relevance of Swami Vivekananda in a Post 9/11 World

Relevance of Swami Vivekananda in a Post 9/11 World

On September 11 of this year, the sixth anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks, I could not relate to the way the media rehashed the tragedy. There were accusations of blame and remembrances of loss. These stories only reinforced the separateness that many...
Dance Homage to Prithvi

Dance Homage to Prithvi

Abhinaya Dance Company tackles an issue that has domnated our news pages recently, the environment, using Bharatanatyam to stage “Prithvi: Mother Earth.” The genesis of the production lay in a document written by J.U.B.V. Prasad, whose daughter is an alum...