Spiritual, Not Religious

Photo by Being.the.traveller on Pexels.com These days I am often on YouTube following my favorite astrologers as they talk craft, offer insights and sometimes do mundane predictions. I am fascinated by this science. I always have been. Numerology, Palm reading, Chart reading, Psychics and the occult have interested me. I have googled paranormal phenomenon, out … Continue reading Spiritual, Not Religious

Pontificating On Spirituality

It is a blustery morning. I am bundled up as I head for my morning walk. I am glad for the warm wool scarf around my neck that also obscures the wires from the earphone snaking to my pocket. This morning, I choose to start with Venkateshwara Suprabatham. M.S. Subbulakshmi crooning into my ears is … Continue reading Pontificating On Spirituality

Letters To My Daughters: On Religion, Faith, Culture and Rituals

Dear Ammu, Pattu, and Laddu, Today is Karadaiyan nonbu, a festival dedicated to a woman in Hindu mythology for defying death and saving her husband’s life. As a mother and wife, I probably view this tale differently. Growing up though, all I remember are the yummy adais that my Amma would make and the thin … Continue reading Letters To My Daughters: On Religion, Faith, Culture and Rituals

Focusing on the one

Lighting the twin oil lamps in front of my makeshift puja cabinet, I lifted my eyes to a plethora of Gods arranged in a random order in the dark cavernous space before me. Lightly touching the entrance to the space and touching my eye, I closed my eyes and prayed. Like I have taken to … Continue reading Focusing on the one

Faith, Peace and an aaha moment

Rushing home Thursday evening I was filled with anticipation and a certain unknown dread. I had opted to do the Varalakshmi pujai a week later than it was normally done. I could have joined my SIL the week before. Life could have been easier. But something in me demurred. And am glad it did. The … Continue reading Faith, Peace and an aaha moment

For the men in my life

With the alarm going off at an ungodly hour this morning, I quickly realized it was Avani Avittam aka Yajur Upakarma. The one day in the year set aside for celebrating the time tested rite of passage for men. A day for renewal and learning. I woke K up and promptly went back to sleep. … Continue reading For the men in my life

A surprising evening!

Returning from a Veda class K is part of every Thursday when I am away learning business, he casually mentioned a Satyanarayan Puja at one of his classmate's place. Weary of pujas and trying to express my new found skepticism for anything to do with religion and faith I paused before I asked if he … Continue reading A surprising evening!

Atheist, Agnostic or just plain clueless?

Looking through a cousin's profile on Facebook, I was struck by her declaration of being an Atheist. As much as it surprised me I wondered if she meant to say Agnostic instead. Not sure if I understood the difference myself I looked both words up. Merriam-Webster dictionary defines Atheist as one who believes that there … Continue reading Atheist, Agnostic or just plain clueless?

The Art of Praying

I ambled down the stairs awake but not quite alert and paused for a brief moment before my 'swami ull' or praying space. I light a pair of oil lamps daily first thing after I am done brushing my teeth and before I treat myself to a steaming cup of tea. Today I felt lazy. … Continue reading The Art of Praying