Today, I was asked what the message of Hinduism is.  In my opinion, the extremism that we see around us is rooted in hopelessness and the powerlessness. To the contrary, the message of Hinduism, as below, is of plurality, hope and self-empowerment. 1.There is one God whose name is any name that you want to…

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Yesterday was a special day – IndiaFest 2017 at the State Capitol Grounds. No agenda – pure fun: eating, learning and watching thousands of others having a good time. I have attended this event several times in the past but there was something special this year. This blog is just to catalog my experiences. The…

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I was recently asked to speak on the topic of Hindu Dharma and, without hesitation, I accepted to speak on “Hindu Dharma in Contemporary Times in America.” Now I have to prepare for it. So what is it? Here is my humble opinion. In Bhagavad-gita As It Is, Swami Prabhupada explains: “Dharma refers to that…

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This blog is primarily to complain about what was wrong with my early Indian education but first, what was right. I was very fortunate to get a first-rate education at the oldest (and perhaps the best?) IIT. I credit this education to be able to pursue higher studies and be elected to the National Academy…

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As many of you know, August 7th is Rakhi or Raksha Bandhan that is celebrated in many parts of India. As the tradition holds, millions of Hindu and Sikh women tie a band around their brothers’ hand as a brother-sister bond and pray for their wellbeing. In return, the brother promises to honor them and…

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I have started to wear a Namaste button in public. This was not without internal struggle – soul searching. First, there was an opposition at home and then from my own conscience, both along the same lines. When I was naturalized in 1982, the presiding judge told us that you are now not a hyphenated…

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To comment, click on the topic above and scroll down to the bottom. I am very heartened by the “blog stats” that it’s being followed. If you happen to see the previous blog on vegetarianism to slow the climate change, we are living in the end times with death by heat, end of food, climate…

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To comment, please click on the title above and scroll down. We all have heard of greenhouse gases being produced due to our use of fossil fuels. Recently Dr. Gavin Schmidt, the chief scientist and the Director of the Goddard Institute of Space Studies run by NASA gave a presentation at our workshop and his…

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To comment, click on the title of this Blog. As pointed out in the SBNR article referenced in my last week’s blog, there are millions of spiritual-but-not-religious people – young and old – from various faiths of their birth.  Their numbers are growing as the society becomes more secular. Most, if not all, Hindus believe…

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