A wedding (vivah) in Hinduism is a rite of passage (samskara) that transforms a single entity into one half of a conjugal pair (dampatya). Being single, however, does not mean being incomplete. The idea of ‘wholeness’ in Hinduism is not necessarily a matter of the union of two bodies in marriage or even two souls in love; rather, wholeness or completeness in Hinduism can be understood as rising to the fullness of one’s true self and expanding the arena of one’s selfhood (brah – to expand, manas – the mind).
June is celebrated the world over as Pride Month, with the last Sunday of the month marking the end of the weekend extravaganza that is New York City Pride. In India, the Pride March is held at different times in different cities: Delhi has celebrated Pride in November, and the Mumbai Marches are usually held… Continue reading #PrideMonth: 10 Splendid Books with LGBT Themes for Your Shelves