You’ll Never Make A Saint of Me

  1. Politics will forever be imperfect, and politics are maya.
    I’m not saying don’t vote. I’m just saying don’t invest your hope in people you don’t know to solve problems you know they’re ill-equipped to address, let alone attempt to fix.
  2. No social justice cause will succeed without God.
    Social justice is at the core of the teachings of Jesus Christ, Muhammad (Peace be upon Him), and the Sikh gurus. Similarly, faith has driven the most successful human rights campaigns throughout history.
  3. Hindutva and Anti-Blackness almost drove me away from Hinduism.
    The resurgence of religious fundamentalism across the globe has awakened an aggressively nationalistic, racist, and xenophobic variant of Hinduism (where they’re so brainwashed by racist colonialism they actually call themselves Hindus) that has left me unable to defend elements of the world’s third-largest religion.
    The nasty old lady at the Desi boutique in Tigard who told LaNita not to touch anything unless she intended to buy it was enough for me to tell her in the moment I was ashamed that woman was a Hindu.
  4. I follow Saivite Hinduism now.
    I wrote in the past about my disenchantment with Srila Prabhupada for his statements about Black people. I’ve been revisiting and discovering more from the teachings of Saivite Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, founder of the only Hindu monastery on American soil. Through the mighty grace of Satguru, I have recovered all of what was lost and then some. As Subramnuniyaswami’s teachings were an early building block in my formal education of Dharma, it is both a return home and a time of new findings. Om Namah Sivaya.
  5. The “Reverend” is retired, but I am not.
    Accordingly, because I don’t consider myself at all exemplary of the tenets of my faith, I am retiring my title as a Reverend minister. I hope this changes someday, but today is not that day.

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Counselor, musician, and Saivite Hindu. I left academia to see 48 states and find God, and not once did I let schoolwork get in the way of my education.

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Alex DiBlasi

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Counselor, musician, and Saivite Hindu. I left academia to see 48 states and find God, and not once did I let schoolwork get in the way of my education.

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