Since you asked, Yes I’m Gone, Here’s Why

I really can no longer even pretend to follow a belief where I find so many more questions than plausible explanations

Bible belt, Christainity,
Church bells resounded throughout the town during my childhood years

I was asked by several Christians, and even some Hindus, in the US and India why I left Christianity. Christians want specifics, I hope this will help explain.

I started life in a small country town, where church bells rang on Sunday mornings and  stores were closed on Sunday by matter of law, not custom, (although laws can arise from customs).

Since just about everyone in that small town went to church each Sunday, it never occurred to me that there was a choice in the matter. It was just what people did. Period. Monday thru Friday people went to work or school. Then on Sunday they went to church. I never analyzed it as just the way of life in The Bible Belt, but then, I was 5 years old.

Fast forward several years, I was starting to wonder about things I had heard in church, things which society enforced, or at least historically embraced because, well, it was in the Bible so it was “God’s will.”  Incidentally, these doubts weren’t just in church, but also school. Each morning for my first 9 years of schooling we said a prayer, and in some cases Bible verses, before our academic day began. Some days we would actually discuss a story or two from the Bible prior to classes. In the ninth grade it was a Catholic school which only intensified matters.

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Whats in a Name?

Name a word or set of words by which a person, animal, place, or thing is known, addressed, or referred.          Synonyms designation, honorific, title, tag, epithet, label

Sometimes when one wants to sincerely embrace some facet of another culture, it is hard to be taken seriously. Even if the one embracing is totally committed right to the point of having officially severed ties with  a previously assigned

spiritual order.

Not long ago, I discussed the conflict I am having about changing my name. I can understand both sides of the issue, and am honestly quite conflicted.  The person with whom I was speaking assured me that under no circumstances should I dare call myself a Hindu unless I am willing to change my name.  In my defense, I mentioned, among others, Stephen Knapp and Julia Roberts, previous Christians who are now converted to Hinduism and still retain their birth names.

My companion, was however, not dissuaded. Her belief is that no matter how much a person has contributed to the Vedic world or how devout they are to their personal deity, unless one has a Hindu name, they should not consider themselves a total Hindu. Continue reading “Whats in a Name?”

The Final Four – Yoga Limbs 5 thru 8

This concludes the series 8 Limbs of Yoga

In brief summary, we have discussed the goal of Yoga, which is to unite one’s transitory (temporary) self, “JIVA” with the infinite “BRAHMAN”, the Hindu concept of God.  This God is not a personal God, but it is an impersonal spiritual substance which is one with nature and cosmos. Brahman is an impersonal divine substance that “pervades, envelopes and underlies everything”. Yoga comes to yogi who is one with Brahman”

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Musings of Hinduism By Nithin Sridhar A Book Review

                                                                              Musings of  Hinduism                                                 Book By Nithin Sridhar Dharma Brahman Vedanta or non-duality           By Nithin Sridhar

Nithin Sridhar has created a master piece. He has many meaningful thoughts on Hinduism that he packs into this book, Musings of Hinduism. His basic premise is that of the philosophical concept of Vedanta or non-duality, which essentially means to know and to merge with what is real. For instance, since, Brahman being the highest reality, from which we came, we will eventually again merge with Continue reading “Musings of Hinduism By Nithin Sridhar A Book Review”

Today’s Ponder

This week we are digesting words of wisdom  from Swami Vivekanada. Swami Vivekananda Bengali, Shāmi Bibekānondo; 12 January 1863 – 4 July 1902, born Narendranath Datta, was an Indian Hindu monk, a chief disciple of the 19th-century Indian mystic Ramakrishna. One of India’s most inspiring human beings. He wrote broadly about many topics regarding this human life.  Credited with reviving Indian nationalism and the Hindu way of life, with the guidance of his Guru, the mystic Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, his wisdom and encouragement have transcended time.

Points To Ponder

Comfort is no test of truth. Truth is often far from being comfortable.

The Land where humanity has attained its highest towards gentleness, towards generosity, towards purity, towards calmness – it is India.

All truth is eternal. Truth is nobody’s property; no race, no individual can lay any exclusive claim to it. Truth is the nature of all souls.

Minimize, Renounce, and Feel Good

” How quickly we tire of earthly pleasures. Desire for material things is endless; we are never satisfied .”

Recently, I have been studying a frequently misunderstood Dharma concept,  that of renouncement, (Sanskrit; Sannyasa).  It is not, as some seem to think, a mandate at any stage of life, although as people age it seems to come naturally. Actually, material renouncement is not exactly the same as sannyasa but it is the first step.   Most of us could use a bit of renouncement at any age, as was brought to my attention by my daughter as she explained to me after a rigorous “material cleansing” of what seemed to me to be most of her worldly goods.

“I am getting better”, she said, “slowly becoming more minimalist. It feels great to be content with what you have, and grateful!” 

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Today’s Ponder

A minute to read a lifetime to practice. Material lust

The main cause for developing discontentment is temptation. Let us see how a beggar’s discontentment lead to his misfortune!

A beggar would chant God’s name all day. One day, God manifested before the beggar and asked him to name his wish. The beggar wished for gold coins. God asked him, “What will you collect them in ?” The beggar put forward his sack. Before pouring gold coins into the sack, God said, “I will give you gold coins till you say ‘enough’, but on one condition. The gold coins should not fall to the ground. If they do, they will turn into dust”. The beggar accepted the condition. Gold coins immediately started to rain into his sack. The sack began to fill up gradually, but the beggar could not control his avarice for gold. Now, with the weight of the coins, the sack began to burst at its seams. Despite realizing this, the beggar did not say ‘enough’. Finally, the inevitable happened; the sack tore open and all the coins fell to the ground and turned into dust ! The beggar’s discontentment lead to his downfall !

A timeless story from https://www.hindujagruti.org/hinduism-for-kids/594.html

I have my own problems with material attachments which thanks to Sanata Dharma I am working through.  Let’s all work through our material lust together. More later on this subject