Faith: Hindu

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    The ancient Hindu practice of kirtan is a call-and-response form of meditation and spiritual chanting that is gaining popularity in the United States. More

    July 21, 2006 | Comments

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    One of the numerous ways that people in this country try to get fit these days is through the practice of yoga. There are many different forms of this discipline, but the most commonly taught is called Iyengar. It’s named for the Indian guru B.K.S. Iyengar, who teaches that yoga has a deeply spiritual component uniting the body, mind and soul. More

    January 6, 2006 | Comments

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    The yoga tradition goes back thousands of years, to ancient Indian philosophy and the Hindu religion. In this country, many Americans find the beginning exercises of yoga good ways to reduce stress. But lifelong practitioners also find it very much a spiritual discipline, using the most severe postures to help quiet the mind and achieve a sense of union with the transcendent. More

    October 15, 2004 | Comments

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    Immigrants have been pouring into the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Minnesota is now home to many Muslims, East African Somalis, Indian Hindus and Laotian Hmong — all of whom are trying to find a balance between their cultural traditions and U.S. customs. More

    April 27, 2004 | Comments

  • This weekend, Hindus around the world celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights. For some Hindus, Diwali coincides with a special worship service for the powerful goddess Kali, who represents opposites such as life and death, creation and destruction. We spoke about Kali with Kamanashish Chakraborty, a founding member of the Washington Kali Temple in Burtonsville, Maryland. More

    October 24, 2003 | Comments

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    In India, it is not common to find a Siva and Vishnu temple under one roof, but Sri Siva Vishnu Temple in Maryland manages to bring Hindus of these rival traditions together and promote greater unity and diversity.

    October 18, 2002 | Comments

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    “In simple terms, we have become the most religiously diverse nation on earth,” says Diana Eck, professor of Comparative Religion and Indian Studies at Harvard University. More

    March 8, 2002 | Comments

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    This week, Hindus are celebrating the festival of Diwali, which means "row of light." Menaka Kannan, who participated in a colorful celebration of Diwali in Landover, Maryland, describes the origins and customs of the Diwali holiday.

    November 9, 2001 | Comments

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    In India, sex selection by sonogram is officially illegal, but widely practiced. And there is no Hindu or legal prohibition on abortion. More

    June 1, 2001 | Comments

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    Many second generation American Hindus are fascinated by the religion’s philosophy, but rarely go to the temple or practice rituals, and often don’t understand them. There is a danger that the beliefs the rituals embody are at risk. More

    August 6, 1999 | Comments

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