The Sangha and The Church | The Quest for Self-Leadership

The Sangha and The Church | The Quest for Self-Leadership

We no longer see ourselves as coming together with a group of like-minded souls to achieve a shared destiny where everyone has a role and a part to play. Continue reading The Sangha and The Church | The Quest for Self-Leadership

Navratri at Singapore’s Sri Mariamman Temple: Venerating the Universal Mother

Navratri at Singapore’s Sri Mariamman Temple: Venerating the Universal Mother

Beginnings and endings are two sides of the same coin. As Shradh ends, Navratri begins. As the ancestors return to Pitru Loka, Hindus begin their worship of the Goddess Durga. During Navratri (nine nights), devotees venerate the divine femininity which gives birth to all creation. She is ‘Ma’, the Universal Mother. The festival is celebrated in the bright half of the Hindu calendar month Ashvin. Continue reading Navratri at Singapore’s Sri Mariamman Temple: Venerating the Universal Mother

Musings of an overseas Indian: adapting Hindu customs for the diaspora

Musings of an overseas Indian: adapting Hindu customs for the diaspora

I’ve been a minority my whole life. In Singapore, I’m Indian. In India, I’m Singaporean. In Britain, I’m Asian. In Japan, I’m a gaigokujin. Foreigner. The essence of who I am is truly lost in all the labels that people keep giving me. I went to the National Gallery in Singapore last weekend, and the docent told me – ‘Enjoy the rest of your stay here’. No, the comment did not annoy me. To be honest, I thought it was quite amusing. Our preconceived notions about who and what people are can be startlingly different from the truth.  Continue reading Musings of an overseas Indian: adapting Hindu customs for the diaspora