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The Religions of Man

The Religions of Man

I received an email the other day from Peter Reynosa, sending me a picture of his painting. The painting comprises of a swastika made up of religious symbols.

I have previously written about the Swastika as a symbol of dharmic religions. This picture is a reminder that the swastika was used by many religions through the whole world. A form of Swastika even appeared in Jewish Kabbalistic texts.

The Left-Hand Swastika

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Another Western Hindu blog: the Lakshya Yoga Blog

The Lakshya yoga blog

The Lakshya yoga blog

The Lakshya yoga blog is by Lakshya, a yoga instructor, follower of vedanta, and advocate of natural and organic living. Her guru is Pujya Sri Swami Dayananda Saraswati, founder of the Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, Coimbatore, India, where she is currently studying.

Se writes about Vedanta, well-being and natural living, and yoga and meditation practices. This is a fairly new blog but it has some interesting, clear, and straight to the point articles.

I have added this blog to my list of blogs by Western Hindus.

Two more Blogs

Thanks to “curious” to alerting me to the Barefoot Justine blog, and to Shiva Setep-en Het-Heru for alerting me to The Los Perspective.


The barefoot Justine Blog

The barefoot Justine Blog

Barefoot Justine is a veteran illustrator  and author of graphic novels whose work has appeared in DC Comics, Dungeons & Dragons products and numerous other publications. She describes herself as a Hindu, and writes:

For years I had been lost to agnosticism and had sought relief in Taoism, Buddhism, revisited Christianity, and had eventually given up on spirituality altogether. I was no longer seeking, then, quite unexpectedly I was called by Lord Shiva. Here is where I will tell that story and share those thoughts. Om Namah Shivaya!

Her blog includes many of her illustrations, including Hindu-related images. I have added this blog to my list of blogs by Western converts to Hinduism.


The los Perspective Blog

The los Perspective Blog

The Los perspective is a very professional looking blog by an Argentine-American follower of Wicca who is heavily influenced by Hinduism. It is worth browsing the Hinduism category and the Wicca/Pagan category to get a feeling of the diverse influences on the blogger, who describes himself as a “Shivaist Wiccan”.

I have added this blog to my list of blogs by Westerners influenced by Hinduism.

Another Western Hindu blog: Why I love Hinduism

The "Why I love Hinduism" blog

The “Why I love Hinduism” blog

The Why I love Hinduism blog is by Jura Nanuk, an American with Eutopean and Native American ancestry. He writes of seeing a picture of MahaVishnu:

I saw a picture of Mahā-Viṣṇu reclining on the Causal Ocean emanating universes from his pores, and for me it was the moment when all the Western science I studied came together with all the complex imagery I had seen.

He appears to have  a vedic philosophy with a vaishnava outlook. I have only just started reading his comprehensive blog.

Another Western Hindu blog: Maria Wirth Blog

Screenshot of the Maria Wirth Blog

Maria Wirth Blog

Thanks to Surya alerted me to the Maria Wirth blog.

This blog is by Maria Wirth, a German who learned about Hinduism on a holiday after finishing her psychology studies at Hamburg University. She continued to live in India and followed the Hindu tradition after meeting Sri Anandamayi Ma and Devaraha Baba.

She sees is concerned that the concerted efforts of missionaries to prevent the great spiritual and cultural traditions of Hinduism from being passed on to future generations.

I have added her to my page listing Western Hindu blogs. At the same time I have marked s few blogs inactive, those which have not had any posts this year.

Another Western Hindu blog: Indian love story

The Indian Love Story blog

The Indian Love Story blog

Lauren left a comment saying: “I am also a white British Hindu. I am married and living in India”.

Her blog “Indian love story” (now renamed “English Wife, Indian Life“) tells the story of personal journey of her and her husband.

This is a very romantic story. She writes

“India instantanously felt like home, probably because home is where the heart is…

True love has no boundaries

I have added this blog to my page “Westerners following Hinduism“.

Other Blog News

I have decided to make a separate page for blogs by Westerners influenced by Hinduism. I have moved two blogs from the “Westerners following Hinduism” page here. I think that both sets of blogs are worth listing but should be kept seperate.

Anna is now Shiva Setep-en Het-Heru. What does “following Sanatana Dharma” mean?

The laketi kamaat blog

The laketi blog

I received a message from Anna, who was the author of the Divya jñāna blog. She said that she is no longer practising  Sanatana Dharma, though she is still a devotee of Shiva. She is now using the name Śivā Setep-en Het-Heru, which for convenience I will shorten to Shivheru (this seems etymologically correct, it is combining the name Shiva with Heru).

She did not know whether I would want to remove her blog now that she was following an eclectic path rather than a purely Hindu one. Her Divya jñāna blog now directs followers to her new blog, Laketi. I have not decided whether to remove her blog, but this raises the broader question, what is “following Sanatana Dharma”?

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UK Statsang group

The  Satsang Group

The Satsang Group

The followers of the Nandinatha Sampradaya’s master course are spread out  over the UK. This means that we rarely see each other. Over the last few years there have been email discussions about the possibility of meeting, nothing actually happened until Ramai, a master-course student, arranged a group Satstang. She says that the event organised itself, but she was certainly the catalyst that made it happen.

One of the founders of the UK Venkateswara temple in Birmingham, Dr Rao is very respectful of the Nandinatha Sampradaya, and allowed us to use temple buildings on the Venkateswara temle site for our Satsang. This was the ideal location, as people from the North of England, South of England and Wales can all reach Birmingham and return in a day.  Continue reading

Why Should I Care About Future Me?

Old man and Child

Old man and Child

While browsing blog entries tagged with “Hinduism” read a post  “Why Should I Care About Future Me?“. This is a good question about reincarnation. The author, Mike says:

… I have heard that most karmic systems also hold that the average person cannot know of past lives, and most certainly cannot know what actions from the past have caused present circumstances, nor when actions of the present will have their effects. Is my present situation a step “up” in the cosmic ladder, or “down?” Will stealing this watch or feeding this beggar help my soul tomorrow or 10,000 lifetimes from now? I cannot know. And if I cannot know in the present, then I know that my atman will not be able to know in the future. Thus, when I am reborn, I cannot consciously suffer the results of my wicked actions, which means I really do not suffer at all. If I am reborn into miserable circumstances, I can be mad at my past wickedness, but only in a general sense and not with any real contrition because I have no idea what I did to deserve misery.

This is a very reasonable argument. The only thing that I would quibble with is the assertion that we cannot know whether stealing a watch or feeding a beggar will help or hinder a soul. If we took reincarnation in total isolation this would be true, but within Hinduism we have clear guidelines on living dharma. The yama (constraint) of asteya tells us that stealing will be bad for our soul, and the niyama (observance) of dāna tells us that giving of alms will be beneficial.

Before answering this question directly I will look at how we handle similar issues in a single life. As a child we may work hard, study and learn. This may well be very beneficial to us in later life, but a child learning to read would have little comprehension of  the issues that the adult deals with, or their thoughts and emotions. Similarly an adult may only have a dim memory of the days spent learning the alphabet, and the longing to leave the class and play outside. In many ways the adult is a different person to the child. Despite this we can all see how the learning as a child has helped the adult, and generally believe that the child should care about the future self.

Similarly we may save for our old age, even if we don’t know how healthy we will be, whether we will remember our earlier life well or suffer mental decline, or even if we will live that long. I think most people would save in order to be cared for even if they knew that they would lose their memory.

Of course just because we normally do care about our future self in this life does not mean that it should extend to caring about other lives, it merely shows that caring would be consistent. I can see two reasons why we should care though. Continue reading

One of the top 40 Hindu Blogs on Lotus Sculpture’s list

Lotus Sculpture badgeThis site has been listed as number 4 in Lotus Sculpture’s top 40 Hindu blogs. This was unexpected as I have not posted for a while. It has given me the incentive to work on a proper post again, I feel that at the moment I am not doing enough to justify the reward.

There are many other interesting blogs in Lotus Sculpture’s list. In particular I would like to mention the Pakistani Hindu Post, which highlights the difficulties and determination of Hindus living in an Islamic country.

This is wrong in so many ways

How not to use Hindu Symbolism

How not to use Hindu Symbolism

A recent comment from Karol referred to a message that she had written on tumblr saying “.. I am wearing that bindi! AND THAT KURTI! And the rudraksha and the shri yantra.I AM WEARING ALL OF THEM, SOCIAL JUSTICE BLOGGERS! AND I AM NOT CULTURALLY APPROPRIATING BECAUSE I AM HINDU, FUCKERS“. A quick search found the original message. My first thought was not to post the comment or to respond as this would just be giving attention to an attention seeker.  After further consideration I decided that I should say why I as a Western Hindu thinks that this is wrong.

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Another Western Hindu Blog – Divya jñāna

Screenshot of the divya jñāna blog

The Divya jñāna blog

Divya jñāna is a blog by an African American ex-Christian blogger Anna. She is very new to Sanatana Dharma, but judging from the list of books that she has either read or is reading she is learning fast.

Among other things she has written about how meditation has helped her with PTSD, and how she came to find the path of Sanatana Dharma – by googling Buddhism!

I will add this blog to my list of blogs by Western followers of Hinduism.