July 23, 2014

cutebmo said: white people CANNOT join hinduism. in order to practice hinduism, you have to be born Hindi.

dorothyparkerwashere:

Huh? Erm, yeah okay let’s talk about this. Indian Hindu girl here with a depth of knowledge of Hinduism (philosophical and daily practice.) 

A) It’s HindU, not Hindi. Hindi is a language, and is not even the language of Hinduism, which is Sanskrit. (By this I mean the language the Vedas and other ancient texts are written in. In South India, prayers can be said in Tamil, Kannada, Telugu etc so it doesn’t mean you can’t pray in your language.) 

B) Technically, yes you can’t convert. There is a reason for this. It’s not cos we be mean. It’s cos in Hinduism there is a concept of Dharma, and part of that concept is the idea that everyone has a duty to do, a role to play. To convert someone, either forcibly or through preaching, is to take them away from their Dharma. When they come to a religion on their own, that is their Dharma. It is not up to us to preach to people about religion. That’s why Hinduism has no concept of proselytizing or conversion. There is no conversion process. 

Now you’re asking “what about all those White people who convert to Hinduism?” Okay, ISKCON, or Krishna Consciousness, is what most White people convert too. ISKCON tries to pass itself off as part of Hinduism because that gives it legitimacy (and Hindus being kinda whatever about what other people believe as long as you don’t kill us for it tend to just let it be). But ISKCON’s beliefs are not in line with what Hindus believe. ISKCON appeals to White people because of it’s exotification of Asian religion which is then mixed with Protestant culture. Hence, with ISKCON, you get concepts like going to heaven (which Hindus don’t believe in) and conversion. So yes White people can’t join Hinduism, but really it’s cos when you define it the way you do other religions no one can. 

C) Does this mean no matter how much you love Hinduism and believe in it you will never be Hindu cos u can’t convert? No, actually it does not. See, Hinduism is both practice and a way of life. Philosophically, a belief that we are all God or have the God particle in us, that all life forms are connected to Brahman or a universal energy, and that our actions or karma leads to rebirth is quite enough to be Hindu. The Vedas tell you the traditions and customs you need to live this life, but the Upanishads than make a philosophical critique of what has come before. The Upanishads understand that people need the rituals and the forms of god with human faces and characteristics because that is the God many of us can relate to and love, but God in its truest form is oneness inside all of us, that connects all of us, and when we realize this, we don’t need to see God in other forms because we see him (it) in us and everyone, all around us. 

You do not need to convert to realize this. You do not need to know a word of Sanskrit to realize this. You do not need to utter the mantras or sing to him (it) to realize this. Not being able to do all this doesn’t make you any less of a Hindu. You do not even need to necessarily identify as Hindu to be Hindu. (We’re perfectly okay with this. No issues at all. Your identity is yours and yours alone.) 

You do not need some priest, holy water and a conversion process for you to join some sect or group in order to understand and realize you are a part of God. You already are. How can you convert into something which is already you? 

And this is why you can’t convert to Hinduism. 

July 23, 2014
lostsplendor:

Peonies by Alphonse Mucha, Ink and Watercolor c. 1897 via Wikimedia Commons

lostsplendor:

Peonies by Alphonse Mucha, Ink and Watercolor c. 1897 via Wikimedia Commons

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July 23, 2014
How to build sewing skills if you’re an absolute beginner - Colette Patterns

sugarbooty:

This is a nice little blog post for beginner seamstresses looking to find the motivation to get started in the sewing world. Colette suggests her own patterns to build up skill levels, and while I love that idea, I have said on here a bunch of times (and have had it co-signed by a lot of followers) that her patterns are built for a very specific body type that I dare say not a lot of us have (full in the bust, boxy from waist to hip). You will have to test her patterns out yourself to see if they work for you, and I would say that simple tops are more likely to fit various body types than other garments because of minimal shaping. But give them a try, and if you don’t think they will work for you, you can easily find patterns by other designers that incorporate the skills she is highlighting in this post (projects with pockets/zippers/shirring, etc).

Happy sewing!

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July 23, 2014

musingsonaredradish said: Do you have any recommendations for a good starter sewing machine? I have basic sewing skills from years ago and I'd like to get back into but I don't want to spend a ton of money on something I might not end up using that often. At the same time, I don't want to go too cheap and risk getting something that's terrible and makes me burn out early on, either!

sugarbooty:

The first sewing machine I ever had was a Brother that my mom got for me for Christmas in 2002. It was $100 at WalMart. It’s been over 10 years and it still works just as well as it did when I first opened it- I haven’t ever had to have it serviced (although I probably should definitely take it in to get it cleaned). It doesn’t have a button hole function or a two-spool set up so I use my (used) Euro-Pro more often, but it is smooth, quiet and very efficient. From my understanding, as long as you go with a well known brand (brother/singer/euro-pro,etc) you are going to get a quality machine, even if it doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles and it isn’t the most expensive model (Janome and Elna are also great brands but are more expensive). I also have read that machines made with all metal parts hold up better than ones made with plastic. This seems like it would be true in theory, but my Euro Pro is all metal and my brother is plastic, and the euro-pro has gotten a bit rattly over the years while the brother hasn’t broken or fallen apart and is still a lot quieter and less shaky. So, in my admittedly limited experience, you don’t need to spend a shit ton of money on a sewing machine to get a good workhorse. I would also suggest that if you live in a city where this is feasible, check out craigslist. I bought my used Janome serger from CL in Vancouver for like $250, and that machine runs like a dream. People are always upgrading their machines to newer, fancier models, so they are often putting their older machines to sell on CL. I would only purchase one if the price was right and it either came with a manual or you were able to download a manual from the internet (my EuroPro manual is saved on my computer from a PDF download).

July 23, 2014
starfleetbabe:

my girl

starfleetbabe:

my girl

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July 23, 2014
chaos7:

so ek made these ballin crockercorp sprite edits of the beta kids and i sTARTED TO DOODLE IT BUT IT GOT… out of haND…
i do not recommend drawing this many roses on anything ever :’)but of course i had to give dave rosey cowboy boots, because cowboy boots.

chaos7:

so ek made these ballin crockercorp sprite edits of the beta kids and i sTARTED TO DOODLE IT BUT IT GOT… out of haND…

i do not recommend drawing this many roses on anything ever :’)
but of course i had to give dave rosey cowboy boots, because cowboy boots.

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July 23, 2014

ray-winters-sings:

margorothspiegelmanthegreat:

ray-winters-sings:

You never know how much they say “Wildcats” in High School Musical til you have to drink everytime they do.

I’m reblogging this not because they say Wildcats a lot but because we’re acting on the assumption that people who are old enough to drink sit around playing drinking games to HSM and that’s beautiful. 

Currently

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July 23, 2014

starrysleeper:

get-off-your-arse-its-begun:

geekishchic:

volouminous:

You can be mature and respectful and still have a dirty sense of humour.

 You can curse a lot and still be highly intelligent with a massive vocabulary.

You can be quiet and reserved and still be witty and even outgoing in certain circles.

You can be intelligent and sharp-minded and still forget what month it is

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July 23, 2014

becausebirds:

Dine and dash.

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July 23, 2014
"

White people get so angry at the phrase, “You cannot be racist towards white people.”

I will never understand why.

Why are you so angry that you are being treated as actual human beings? You are not reduced to caricatures, but portrayed as characters. You are treated fairly, judged not by your skin tone, but by the ways that you carry yourselves, by your actions.

Why do you want to experience racism so badly? It is not fun to be mocked, dehumanized, attacked, killed, incarcerated simply for daring to exist. It is not fun to know nothing of your history or family because it was torn apart, whether through distance or death. It is not fun to hear, at every turn, comments reminding you of your lesser status as humans.

Do you really want to turn on the tv, open a magazine, watch a movie, play a video game, and not see yourself? Or, even better, to only see yourself as a criminal, as a drunk, a mocking stereotype, or as someone to be killed off? Or would you rather see fleshed out, well-written characters with lives and personalities and feelings? I know which I’d rather pick.

If I were a white person, the phrase, “You cannot be racist towards white people,” would be the best thing I could ever hear.

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— i finally put some thoughts into words // thedeathcats (via thedeathcats)

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