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”

Contemplative living in the world

I recently started reading The New Monasticism: An Interspiritual Manifesto for Contemplative Living and in the preface I highlighted this passage because I find it captures the essence of what spiritual living can and should be: I haven’t come very far into the book yet but I love what I’ve been reading so far andFortsätt läsa ”Contemplative living in the world”

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”

Flow and silence: my spiritual practice

In a previous post, I wrote about the why of my spiritual practice. Today I’d like to write about the how and what I do day to day to keep my mind focused on the Goddess and on my personal role within the Wyrd. When I first started out in Paganism, I tried to haveFortsätt läsa ”Flow and silence: my spiritual practice”

Dark days are ahead for Afghanistan’s religious minorities

If you’ve been following the news at all in the last week you have heard of the terrible thing that happened in Afghanistan: the Taliban have retaken control of the country. This means there will now be no rights for women and LGBTQ+ people and merciless persecution of religious minorities. Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Christians, JewsFortsätt läsa ”Dark days are ahead for Afghanistan’s religious minorities”

Conservatives in Alabama are so afraid of people not being Christians that they made yoga illegal

For 28 years, the practise of yoga in schools has been illegal in Alabama. Not even the physical postures are allowed to be taught, although they are only a small part of yoga. The reason is that they fear children will learn about Hinduism and end up becoming Hindus. The law also puts yoga posturesFortsätt läsa ”Conservatives in Alabama are so afraid of people not being Christians that they made yoga illegal”

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”

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