April 23, 2016
Young, American, Hindu
 When I started writing this blog, I was 21 years old. It doesn’t seem that long ago – after all, five years is no great span of time. But a lot has changed in five years. I have a master’s degree now. I work a nine-to-five job. I have car payments, professional development events, and my hair, once a long, voluminous ponytail, is cropped, thinning, and dry.After all, the title of this blog is “Young, American, Hindu,” and while I ...
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April 12, 2016
Swami NIkhilanand
 The previous article described Shree Krishna’s explanation to Arjun about how physical actions do not need to be abandoned in order to be freed from the bondage of karm – only the attachment to the actions needs to be abandoned.  He explained that there are two ways of freeing the mind from its attachment to actions:  karm yog and gyan yog. Finally he instructed Arjun to attach his mind exclusively to Him and offer all his actions to ...
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February 19, 2016
Swami NIkhilanand
 Shree Krishna provided three main explanations or reasons to Arjun to fight the war.  He started with the "Sankhya" explanation, telling Arjun that his true self is the soul, which is eternal and indestructible.  Death is only the end of the physical body - the soul goes on to another birth.  Thus, he should not fear that anyone is going to be killed in the imminent battle - he should do what is right regardless of the possibility of phy ...
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January 19, 2016
Swami NIkhilanand
In the last post, "Characteristics Of God-realized Soul", Shree Krishna explains internal attributes of an enlightened soul to Arjun. However, why did Shree Krishna not describe any external characteristics of a God-realized person? Because there are no reliable outer attributes which could be defined. Externally, the person is still the same as they were before they became God-realized - they have only changed internally (as described earlier ...
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November 22, 2015
Young, American, Hindu
I’m a food writer. My trade is one that obsesses over cuisine, ingredients, the history of food and how it intersects with our daily world, but is uniquely concerned with the issue of hunger. My own tendencies when it comes to eating are as broad as anyone else’s – some days I crave the simplest pleasures, other days I long for superbly crafted delicacies. If I have one constant, it’s that my hunger changes, day by day. Sure, I could ea ...
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October 13, 2015
Swami NIkhilanand
In the last article, "How to practice karm yog in our daily lives?", it was explained how it is possible to remember God all the time, even while engaged in worldly activities. Remembering God at all times sounds very ambitious, especially when one is engaged in worldly activities on a day to day basis.  However, if Arjun could practice it during a war, why should we feel discouraged? We will now learn some useful & practical techniques ...
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October 7, 2015
Young, American, Hindu
During a long drive today, I found myself musing on the strange number of anniversaries and occurrences that seem endemic to our year. Much of these musings certainly had to do with the recent harvest moon, an event many astronomers predict not to recur for a long, long time. There are certain events which we celebrate that are, in and of themselves, unique. I use myself as an example: I will only turn 25 once, and I happened to do so in 2015, ...
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