Karmic Return

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Above: A picture of Karan’s mother when she got married. Her stern look has always frightened me. After a stressful summer I thought I had put all the drama in India behind us. This past week we learned that was not the case. Karma, is a concept that originated in India and…

Journey to Two Temples

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It is a tradition in India, amongst those of the Hindu faith, to travel long journeys to special temples where they give their hair to God. It is a journey of self sacrifice that young and old make, a sacrifice performed many times in one lifetime. Because of this tradition, India has…

Arrow of the Blue-Skinned God, part 2

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The Ramayana as a guidebook for love. India is a land of great love stories and epic adventures and one of the greatest is the Ramayana, an epic poem on the scale of Homer’s The Odyssey, the Ramayana tells the story of Prince Rama, destined for the throne, who was unjustly exiled…

The Family Temple

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Karan’s family, including extended family have built a family temple where they worship their Hindu deities. A family temple, constructed by the family, especially one this elaborate, is a very foreign concept for those raised in the Western world. When Karan introduced himself to me, first he said his name, then he…

Arrow of the Blue-Skinned God, part 1

Lord Ram, as Rama is called in India, surrounded by worshippers

Retracing the Ramayana Through India, Historical Perspective India has two great epic stories in its history. One is the Mahabharata and the other is the Ramayana. I first became aware of the story of the Ramayana through Karan. Rama is Karan’s idol, so as Karan’s future wife I figured it was worth reading…