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Jahnabi Barooah Chanchani
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Vedantas. Those not initiated in the profound religious principle of the Hindu order it is as enigmatic as the origin of life. By meditation you can scratch the surface, but to delve into the inner niche of spiritual understanding, you will need reincarnation. Hindu religion is not a show business, it is a profound philosophic principle. It is sole's eternal quest for the origin of life.
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A couple photos I took of sunset over the Brahmaputra
How could I resist these grabs at easy beauty?
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New blog: Why bother celebrating Indian independence?
Today is the 67th Independence Day of India. One imagines a day of celebration, maybe involving something patriotic like hoisting the national flag in a public locale or watching the prime minister...
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New blog post! What does it mean for humans to bless the Lord?
That serendipitous day in the spring of 2010 when I found myself on my knees in the cavernous St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City was surely the beginning of a surreptitious love affair. I cou...
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My take on my non-Catholics should read Pope Francis' latest encyclical:
Lumen Fidei ("The Light of Faith), Pope Francis' first encyclical letter that was released on July 5, 2013, one that was the "work of four hands" was not addressed to me. But that did not prevent t...
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A question to Hindus and readers of the Ramayana: How do you reconcile Rama's actions, specifically his treatment of Sita, unchivalrous killing of Vali and mutilation of Surpankha with the popular depiction of him as the ideal man? I've been meditating of the Ramayana for the past two weeks or so. It seems to me that right after he is proclaimed to be the ideal man by Narada (at least in Valmiki's Ramayana), the rest of the epic actually goes on to say why he was not. Any thoughts on this?
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Just wrote a short blog post on asking Big Questions in life.
My friend and former colleague Jaweed Kaleem's superbly-reported story at The Huffington Post on the American university system as an "oasis of sort" for keeping alive the tradition of asking Big Q...
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A brief reflection on my first few days at Harvard Divinity School
I came to Orientation at Harvard Divinity School (HDS) not knowing exactly what to expect. I had spent the previous summer studying Latin through the Summer Language Program (SLP) at HDS. While tha...
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New blog post! Why you should consider reading Benedict XVI's books on Jesus:
When Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation from the office of the Bishop of Rome on 11 Feb. 2013, Fr. James Martin, SJ commented on what would be his most enduring legacy:His most lasting leg...
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New blog: Why I still call myself a Hindu
It is difficult to point to a precise moment but I have noticed that my response to the oft-asked question: "How do you identify religiously?" has gradually shifted from "I am a Hindu" to "I was ra...
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How do indulgences and purgatory work in Catholic theology? I try to explain here:
Over the past couple of days, the internet was abuzz over the latest pronouncement from the Vatican. 'Vatican offers 'time off purgatory' to followers of Pope Francis tweets," the Guardian reported...
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A brief reflection on Ramadan :)
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M.T.S. Candidate, Harvard Divinity School
I'm a 1st year M.T.S. candidate at Harvard Divinity School. I'm interested in studying expressions of devotional love in the Hindu, specifically Vaishnavite, and Catholic traditions. Prior to coming to Harvard, I was assistant editor of HuffPost Religion. I graduated from Princeton University in 2011 with a B.A. in economics.
  • Harvard Divinity School
    Comparative Studies, 2013 - present
  • Princeton University
    Economics, 2007 - 2011
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    Student Writer, 2013 - present
  • Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing
    Web Publisher, 2013 - present
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    Assistant Editor, Religion, 2011 - 2013
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