Why “Also Hindu”

I’m a lot of things. I also seem to gravitate to labels (I think because they help me be more organized, internally, which is something else I gravitate to).

Sometimes I make lists of the labels that might apply, and I never find one that does it. Here’s a sample list:

Daughter
Wife
American
Woman
Designer
Artist
Knitter
History geek
Comic book fan
Trekkie
Nerd
Bookworm
Happygoth

And the list goes on. I’m not too terribly worried that there are so many words that fit, because all my past experiences make me who I am today.

One of the words that used to define me very strongly was “Episcopalian.” I have come to realize that it’s a fairly cultural definition, and it still applies somewhat, because it influences my opinions about things, and my sense of humor. My family has a strong Episcopal background. However, it’s been eclipsed (though not totally replaced, at least in a cultural sense) by “Hindu.” So I’m a history geek, a trekkie, a nerd, a bookworm, a comic book fan, and also a Hindu.

Now, I realize that adding it at the end makes it look diminished, when it should be the center of all the other words. I’m getting there. I have started on a long journey, and it will be ongoing and evolving and will become a larger and larger part of my life.

The other reason (and perhaps a more relevant one) is that I feel a sense of connection because of it. For example, when I started this journey, I did a lengthy search for other folks who had come into sanatana dharma from other backgrounds and traditions. And when I found them, I thought to myself, “he/she is also a Hindu!”

I think maybe I have always been “also Hindu” but didn’t realize it. Deep down somewhere there was a part of me that understood. It was waiting for the less perceptive part of me (which I wrestle with constantly) to realize it.

So here we go!

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About HappyGoth

By day, I'm a graphic designer. By night, I'm a knitter. I'm doing my part to keep Hotlanta stylish. I imagine that if you don't already understand the title of the blog, you're probably confused and perhaps slightly annoyed, but never fear - I do have a reason (and it's a good one). Having gone to hear Stephanie Pearl McPhee, and then having been inspired to blog about knitting, I found myself wondering what to call the blog. I recalled a conversation I had with Mouse and the Chicken Goddess about why it is a Bad Idea to anger knitters - this conversation was following SPM, aka the Yarn Harlot telling the assembled throng about Those Who Do Not Understand Knitting and Therefore Belittle It Much to the Chagrin of Others, or TWDNUKTBMCO, which is not the acronym she used but is the one I'm using because I forgot hers - that is, we are numerous and we all have very pointy sticks, easily transforming into an angry mob. Therefore, knitters = angry mob.
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6 Responses to Why “Also Hindu”

  1. Aamba says:

    I think the word “Hindu” can go anywhere in the list that you like. It may take on more and more importance in your life or it may not. You’re still a Hindu, even if it isn’t what you would consider the most important or most relevant thing about you!

    • HappyGoth says:

      I think I always have been, but didn’t know how to talk about it. I think it’s a little like learning to knit. Once you learn, you’re always a knitter, even if you don’t knit very often. The hard part is that learning curve, before it becomes natural. I think I’m somewhere a third of the way up that curve at the moment (hence the frustration). But I’m going to keep climbing!

  2. littleindian says:

    You do not have ‘human being’ on the list of labels.

  3. littleindian says:

    Hi,
    I am happy that you agreed. πŸ™‚

    I found your blog via Tandava’s. So came to read. Tandava and I have often discussed/debated issues.

    I would like to leave a link: http://t.co/qPSeZar
    He introduced hinduism to the West way back in 1893, you may find it interesting.

    Best wishes on your journey.

    • HappyGoth says:

      This article has put some worries/fears to rest and has also brought up many more questions. I hope you keep reading/commenting. I think both you and Tandava have some valuable wisdom, and thank you for sharing.

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