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?”