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Another blog by a Western Hindu – Sons of Gods: The Mahabharata

Sons of Gods: The Mahabharata blog

The author of this blog, Aruna Sharan, left a comment om my post “Not all Western Hindus are white Hindus”, telling me about her blog.

She is a is a black Hindu who grew up in Guyana, South America, and a follower of path is Vedanta Advaita, as taught by Ramana Maharshi. The blog is mainly about her monumental effort to produce an English version of the Mahābhārata story. She is aiming to produce a version  which  will be  “a book the length of an average novel, a continuous story distilled down to its vital essence but dramatised so as to captivate the reader, with living, breathing characters, spiritually alive and written in an accessible style yet retaining the powerful spirit of the original”.  Continue reading

Another blog by a Western Hindu: the Rāja Haṃsah blog

Rāja Haṃsah

Rāja Haṃsah blog

Thanks to the commenter ‘S’ for pointing out this blog by a Westerner.

This blog by Ananda is an extended study and comentary on the Aparokshānubhuti , a short text by Ādi Śaṅkara. He says that he will be “presenting what, in my opinion, are the most relevant verses as an aid to self-inquiry. I have added  it to my page of blogs by Western devotees of Sanātana dharma.

Another Western Hindu Blog: Hilltop Anthology

The Hilltop Anthology blog (screenshot)

The Hilltop Anthology blog

The Hilltop Antholoy is  personal blog is the story of the spiritual journey of a woman in Kentucky. The blog conveys thoughts and ideas in a poetic style.

I have added this blog to my page listing blogs by Western followers of Sanātana Dharma.  I have also moved The Accidental Hindu blog from the “not yet classified” section to the Neo-Hinduism section. After clarification from T.A.H. I have moved The Accidental Hindu to the Smarta section.

Not all Western Hindus are white Hindus

… and not all Hindus from non-Hindu cultures are Western Hindus

Picture of Ricky Williams,  running back for the Baltimore Ravens and Western Hindu

Ricky Williams, running back for the Baltimore Ravens and Western Hindu

On average three or four times a week someone follows a link in my article “Some famous Western Hindus” to the Wikipedia entry for Ricky Williams. Ricky is an  an American football running back, playing for the Baltimore Ravens. Though three or four clicks does not sound like much, it is higher than the clicks on most other minor links in old articles.  I can’t help wondering how many of those clicks are from other non-white Western Hindus, or non-white Westerners looking into the rich heritage of Hinduism and wondering if it is open to them.

Ricky Williams is far from the only non-white Western Hindu. A while ago I received an email from the author of “The Accidental Hindu” blog. She is a black Western Hindu from the West Indies, and I can highly recommend her blog. Another Western Hindu blog, the Yatra is run by a Latino Hindu in the USA.

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Another blog by a Western Hindu – The Accidental Hindu

The Accidental Hindu blog

A while ago I had a message from someone saying “not all Western Hindus are white Hindus”. I was going to write something about this (and I still might) but in the meantime the sender of that message has started her own blog, “The Accidental Hindu“.

She was born in the West Indies, and describes herself as a black Hindu. She writes under the name T.A.H, and describes her spiritual path from a Catholic and Seven Day Adventist  upbringing to Hinduism. Like me she has visited other faiths on the way! She mentions feeling at home with vedanta philosophy, so I think that her blog probably belongs in the smarta section, but I will leave it in the “Blogs Yet to be Classified” section until I have read more. She has a very clear and readable writing style, making her story easy to read.  I have added the blog to my page of blogs by Westerners Following Hinduism.

A new blog by a Western Hindu – Western Sanātana Dharma

Western Sanātana Dharma

The Western Sanātana Dharma blog

Thanks to the commenter ‘S’ for pointing out this new blog to me.

This blog is by Alicia, a high-school student in New York State. Her blog is relatively new and she describes her first steps in Sanatana Dharma. She appears to have an affinity with Ma Durga and Shri Ganesha. I wish her well with her spiritual path, and I have added the blog to my page of blogs by Westerners Following Hinduism.

Also on the same page I have linked the entry for “Adorations to Amma” to Stacey’s Flicr profile. Her myspace blog has been flagged inactive for a while and I think she has moved on from this. Her photostream is  highly individual and forms a visual act of guru-puja. She is obviously very visually orientated and this is really different from most other blogs.

Return of “The Shatkona” blog by another Western Hindu

The Shatkona - A Westerner On The Hindu Path

The Shatkona blog

I am very pleased to tell you about the return of “The Shatkona“, a blog from a fellow follower of the Kailasa Parampara of the Nandinatha Sampradaya. The blog was previously deleted by the author, and therefore removed from my list of blogs by Westerners following Hinduism. It is now back with a number of interesting articles.

The author had stopped blogging due to the illness and death of a close relative, which he writes about on the blog. I am happy that he is now able to move on and continue his blog.

Another blog by a Western follower of Hinduism

theyuha blog

I have added another blog to my Westerners Following Hinduism page.

This blog is by Daniel, a Western follower of Amma. He used to practice Catholicism and in addition to his Hindu blog theyuha he has another blog Catholicism where he tries to correct wrong teachings about Hinduism within the Catholic church.

Another new blog, by an American Shakta

Insights of an American Shakta blog

Thanks to a commenter calling themselves ‘S’ for letting me know about this new blog.

The “Insights of an American Shakta” blog describes the discovery, devotion and experiences of an American-born devotee of Devi. He describes how after years of intellectual searching an encounter with Maa Durga put him on the shakti path, realising that:

The Divine Feminine Reality Whose Cosmic Play Ever Reveals and Conceals Herself, stepped out of the web of maya made manifest by Herself, and was revealed to me within my heart of hearts, from where She had always existed.

This relatively new blog looks very interesting. I have added it to my page listing blogs by Westerners following Hinduism.

Another blog by a Western convert to Hinduism

The Anglo Hindu Blog

I have just discovered a new blog by a blog from an English follower of Sanatana Dharma who now lives in Florida. He has an affinity with Krishna and other Avatars. His blog is aimed at people who are new to Hinduism.

The Anglo Hindu Blog already has some interesting articles. I have added it to my list of blogs by Western converts to Hinduism.

Another Western Hindu Blog

Also Hindu blog by another Western Hindu

The "Also Hindu" blog

I have added the blog of another Western convert to Hinduism to my list page. This is a blog called Also Hindu by “HappyGoth“. There are some thoughtful posts, and I will be interested to see how the site develops.

Thanks to Aamba’s “The White Hindu” blog for letting us know about this blog.


Some Famous Western Hindus

I saw the following post about Julia Roberts being a Hindu:

Julia Roberts Is A Hindu Julia appears in this month’s issue of Elle. She says her whole family goes to the temple to “chant and pray and celebrate. I’m definitely a practicing Hindu.” How does she feel about reincarnation? “Golly, I’ve been so spoiled with my friends and family in this life, next time I want to be just something quiet and supporting.” … Read Original Article

This made me think about other famous Western Converts to Hinduism. There are quite a few of them listed on Wikipedia. Here is a little bit about some of them.

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