Book recommendation: ‘Darśan. Seeing the Divine Image in India’ by Diana L. Eck

One of the most difficult things for many westerners to understand about Hinduism is its relation to and worship of images. Because we grow up under monotheist and Abrahamic hegemony, we are often influenced – whether or not we are actually religious – by its views. And in the Abrahamic traditions, the worship of imagesFortsätt läsa ”Book recommendation: ‘Darśan. Seeing the Divine Image in India’ by Diana L. Eck”

The soul and the soul alone

I’ve been returning a lot lately to the great well of wisdom that is Hindu scripture. It’s something I do when I’m going through rough times or just not quite feeling like myself. To return to these books is a reminder to focus once more on the true self, which is beyond all race, physicalFortsätt läsa ”The soul and the soul alone”

Large scale mob violence happening against Hindus in Bangladesh

Tw: violence, murder, sexual assault, Hinduphobia If you’ve been following the news about what’s been happening in Bangladesh you’ve probably heard of the mob violence, gang rapes, murders and temple desecration that has been carried out against the Hindu minority in the country. If not, then I encourage you to read more about it inFortsätt läsa ”Large scale mob violence happening against Hindus in Bangladesh”

India is still struggling for air

And the wave of COVID-19 has now also spread to Nepal. What is happening in both countries is nothing less of horrifying, with hospitals overrun, over 3000 deaths per day (these are only the reported cases) and crematoriums running 24/7. One is at a loss for words to describe the situation. It’s easy to feelFortsätt läsa ”India is still struggling for air”

Are the Deities all One? Well, no but also yes.

Within modern day polytheism there is quite a debate on the issue of whether the Deities are all separate individuals or aspects of one Supreme Deity. The former stance is referred to as hard polytheism while the later is called soft polytheism. Note: soft polytheism is also sometimes used to refer to psychological/archetypal paganism orFortsätt läsa ”Are the Deities all One? Well, no but also yes.”

Why Her/Him/Them? Some thoughts on having a patron Deity

Getting into polytheism from a monotheistic religion can be quite confusing. Especially before you have chosen a particular polytheist tradition or if you are an eclectic Pagan, drawing inspiration from a number of different faiths. The sheer number of Deities can feel overwhelming. With so many, who are you supposed to worship and why? FirstFortsätt läsa ”Why Her/Him/Them? Some thoughts on having a patron Deity”

Excerpt from chapter six – To whom does the soul belong?

*Trigger Warning: mention of violence and sexual abuse.* Chapter six is the longest chapter in Last Words of The Sage. Here the protagonist deals with several dilemmas, including whose side he should chose in a war where both sides are committing acts of great evil: “But I am once again feeling lost, dear friend. ForFortsätt läsa ”Excerpt from chapter six – To whom does the soul belong?”

Excerpt from chapter five: Liberation

This is an excerpt from an upcoming novella called Last Words of The Sage, which will be published sometimes before the end of the week: ”Would you believe me if I told you that my heart knew no greater peace than when I spent my days singing songs of grief, slept at night alongside theFortsätt läsa ”Excerpt from chapter five: Liberation”

Excerpt from chapter one – Finding the self

This is an excerpt from a novella that will be published in the near future. More information about this chapter’s topic and its inspiration will come at the end of this post. “The story goes such: There once was a young woman who sought a husband. She had a list of requirements for her futureFortsätt läsa ”Excerpt from chapter one – Finding the self”

A time for peace and a time to hiss

The second-last chapter of my novella is finally finished. It took way longer than I’d planned but writer’s block strikes when it strikes. I’m just happy I got it done at last. Much of what that particular chapter is about is a difficult and perhaps controversial subject: When, if ever, is it right to useFortsätt läsa ”A time for peace and a time to hiss”

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