Theology Thursdays

Why Do We Blow The Conch Shell?
Do you know the significance of conch shells in Hinduism! Let's go through it together! Once upon a time... A demon named Sankhasura, who was in battle with the Devas, stole the Vedas (Hindu scriptures) and ran to the ocean....
Why Do We Celebrate Sita Navami?
Sita Navami celebrates the birth of Goddess Sita. She's the daughter of the Earth, goddess of purity, and one of the central characters in the Ramayan. Once upon a time... A king named Janaka was working in a furrow when...
Why Do Hindus Break A Coconut?
If you practice Hindu rituals, you've seen it before, but what is the reasoning behind always breaking a coconut? Coconut is known as shree phal, meaning, "an auspicious fruit." In Hinduism, it is the only fruit that is used to symbolize God....
Why is Kajal Used to Ward Off The Evil Eye?
What is the "Evil Eye?" It is a curse transmitted through an evil glare, usually one inspired by envy. The envy in turn manifests itself as a curse that will undo their good fortune. A Greek philosopher suggested a scientific...
The Story Behind Vishnu Kani
The significance of the mirror in Vishu Kani is to see yourself as a reminder that you are also equally important. Once upon a time, there was a demon named Ravana who was annoyed with Surya (the sun) for rising...
The Story of Hanuman and Ram's Ring
This is the story behind Hanuman's Search for Rama's Ring. It had been 11,000 years since Ravana and other demons had been slayed. Rama had restored peace in the kingdom, when he received a surprise visitor... A messenger came to...
Why don't Hindus sleep during sunrise or sunset?
The sunrise and sunset are very auspicious times in Indian culture. The early morning period has a name: Brahma Muhurta Brahma = the ultimate knowledge Muhurta = time period. Thus, this is an auspicious time to perceive the ultimate knowledge....
The Story Behind the Extra Dollar / Rupee
Why do we add an extra rupee/dollar when gifting? It comes from Sanskrit: shagun, meaning an auspicious good omen, or a blessing. A gift of cash or check is given to be a blessing. BUT WHY NOT... ZERO? There’s a finality...
The Hindu Symbol for Luck
What is the Hindu Symbol for Luck? In Sanskrit, the word swastika is a combination of: "su" = good "asti" = to exist ...which roughly means "all is well" or "well-being" SWASTIKA is the Hindu symbol for good luck. It...
Why do Hindus Fast?
In Hinduism, fasting is major aspect of several celebrations and a part of our that culture most people are familiar with. But, why do we fast? Fasting in Sanskrit is called upavaasa: ‘Upa’ meaning near and ‘vaasa’ = to stay. These combine to create Upavaasa,...
Why do we touch our elders' feet?
Some of us grew up having to remember to always touch our grandparents' feet when we saw them. But how many of us know exactly the reason why? This practice is known as Pranam, Charanasparsh or Padasparshan. Regardless of the name, it all...
Why do couples get their horoscopes matched?
Astrology has had an uptick in popularity recently, but it has been a part of HInduism for longer than many of us know. For example, why do couples get their horoscopes matched? In Hindu culture, astrological concepts are pervasive in making...
The Story Behind Lohri
There are many stories behind why Lohri is celebrated. As with all legends, this is just one of the many versions. Once upon a time, there was a man named Dulla Bhatti, popularly known as “Robin Hood of Punjab.” He stole...
What is the Bhagavad Gita?
Once upon a time, there was a great warrior named Arjuna, who was caught in the middle of some major family drama, which escalated to a full blown war at the Battle of Kurukshetra.  The war was against two sets...
Why Does Diwali Begin With Dhanteras?
While we all may be familiar with Diwali's customs, some of us may not know how many of them came to be. Today, we wanted to cover why Diwali begins with Dhanteras. Once upon a time, Indra, the King of Gods, really...
The Story of Saraswati Devi's Music
This is one story of Saraswati Devi saved the day with her music. Once upon a time, there was a demigod named Vishvavasu, who hailed from the Gandharvas race. He was put in charge by the gods to guard somras,...
The Story of Dussehra
This is the story behind Dussehra, but told from the point of view of Ravana. Once upon a time there was a ten-headed King of Lanka named Ravana. He and his siblings hailed from Brahma's lineage, who was the creator...
Hinduism 101
In honor of Hindu Heritage Month, here are some basic facts of Hinduism: Hinduism is the world’s oldest religion with roots and customs dating back more than 4,000 years. Hinduism is the third-largest religion with about 900 million followers. Hindus believe in...
The Story of Janmashtami
This is the story of Krishna's birth. Call me Krishna, Gopal. Kahniya or Govinda. My life is an open book but I'm an enigma. You may know me for a number of things. Like the beautiful color of my dark skin... or...
The Story Behind Raksha Bandhan
Why Do We Tie a Rakhi for Raksha Bandhan? Once upon a time, Lord Krishna had a cousin named Shishupala who was born with 3 eyes and 4 arms. It was predicted that these "deformities" would go away, as soon...
The Stories of Fathers
These are the stories of protective fathers in Hindu Theology. These are the stories of Mothers who had to abandon their children in Hindu theology. Devyani & Shukracharya There was a King Yayati married to a woman named Devyani. As...