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49 review for I Am Divine. So Are You: How Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism and Hinduism Affirm the Dignity of Queer Identities and Sexualities

  1. 5 out of 5

    Prakriti Regmi

    A fascinating book that talks about some of the religions (the ones that appear to have been prevailing in the Indian Sub-continent ), the respective principles, their correspondence to and the representation of gender diversity. Also, a book that attempts to weigh the myths not just with prejudices but rationality. Here's an attempt to convey what I did learn from the book : The gender spectrum the civilization has today is not a result of exaggeration or a trend the generation picked up but so A fascinating book that talks about some of the religions (the ones that appear to have been prevailing in the Indian Sub-continent ), the respective principles, their correspondence to and the representation of gender diversity. Also, a book that attempts to weigh the myths not just with prejudices but rationality. Here's an attempt to convey what I did learn from the book : The gender spectrum the civilization has today is not a result of exaggeration or a trend the generation picked up but something that was always there, and most importantly was present in the culture and the religious doctrine we have been following. Yet, if we are to look today, this coherence seems to have vaporized with time because of the humanity's concern to not intertwine religion with politics and economics. Hence, the ignorance and abhorrence that prevails today in the name of religious principles.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Vishakha ~ ReadingSpren ~

    I am Divine So are You is an attempt to find a way to accommodate LGBTQI identities within religion. Karmic Religions specifically. This book has zero inputs on how Abrahamic Religions can dignify the LGBT Community. Nevertheless, I still think it is worth a read. It is actually targetted towards people of Abrahamic faiths, who perhaps find that accepting LGBT rights is not aligning with their religious beliefs. The book is very short and precise. It quickly and fairly accurately goes on to desc I am Divine So are You is an attempt to find a way to accommodate LGBTQI identities within religion. Karmic Religions specifically. This book has zero inputs on how Abrahamic Religions can dignify the LGBT Community. Nevertheless, I still think it is worth a read. It is actually targetted towards people of Abrahamic faiths, who perhaps find that accepting LGBT rights is not aligning with their religious beliefs. The book is very short and precise. It quickly and fairly accurately goes on to describe the basic principles that define the four major Karmic Religions in India - Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, and Hinduism. It doesn't shy away from pointing out the flaws of the belief systems, like Gender Discrimination or LGBT intolerance. It also explains how religious teachings have been misinterpreted and used as a tool to discriminate and how we can interpret the same teachings to affirm the dignity of the queer individual. Through love, empathy, respect for the individual, non-violence and the understanding that each of us contain a fragment of the divine and therefore deserving of indiscriminate acceptance. Many different perspectives are analyzed - both practical and metaphysical. The narrative constantly explains the key differences between Karmic and Abrahamic Religions which would be immensely helpful for those who are not born in a family following a Karmic Religion. I like how, even when pointing out a relatively negative trait in a belief system, its respectful and compassionate. What I didn't like was how the book seemed to imply that only Karmic religions have the answers to the current social problems of the world and not Abrahamic Religions. But to be fair, I got that hint from the title itself. I still think one additional chapter could have added about how Abrahamic religions affirm the dignity of LGBTQ Identities and sexualities. This is not a perfect book but surely a step forward. My Bookstagram

  3. 5 out of 5

    Simran Sharma (Craartology)

    The Book of RAM is Ramayana simplified for the reader. Lord Ram's role throughout his lifetime is explained in profound detail. Multiple versions of the Ramayana are explained to the reader where one learns about different perspectives and the symbolic essence of the events that occurred. This book is in clear chapters and has some beautiful illustrations. The reader gets to discover many unheard facts or myths whatever you prefer to call them to bring clarity to the whole saga. The Indian concep The Book of RAM is Ramayana simplified for the reader. Lord Ram's role throughout his lifetime is explained in profound detail. Multiple versions of the Ramayana are explained to the reader where one learns about different perspectives and the symbolic essence of the events that occurred. This book is in clear chapters and has some beautiful illustrations. The reader gets to discover many unheard facts or myths whatever you prefer to call them to bring clarity to the whole saga. The Indian concept of "Karma" is the driving force of life and this saga. The impact of karma leading to boons and curses have paved a path to the happenings of this epic. The Ramayana is reverentially read in many Indian homes as it holds immense significance. It teaches the reader the concept of "Dharma" or righteousness that must be followed at all times. Lord Ram's journey is one such from where the reader learns about the duties of a true king, son, husband, father, brother or a friend. This book throws light on the "action and consequence" cycle to discover the real Ram and Sita. If you wish to solve any doubts about the epic you can pick it up since the writing style is lucid and it's a short book which has it all.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ritvik Singh

    Excellent read

  5. 4 out of 5

    Trupti Haldankar

    The book gives introductions of mentioned religions and what is stated in the mythology about LGBTQ. It is not detailed, brief info.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rudrita Chatterjee

  7. 5 out of 5

    Gowri Krishna

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nella / Fionnlagh

  9. 5 out of 5

    Noopur Kothari

  10. 4 out of 5

    Bharti Garg

  11. 4 out of 5

    Krishnamurthy Sankaranarayanan

  12. 4 out of 5

    Labdhi Jain

  13. 4 out of 5

    Hardik

  14. 5 out of 5

    Radhika

  15. 4 out of 5

    Soumyabrata Sarkar

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rahul Sawnani

  17. 4 out of 5

    Surabhi Sharma

  18. 5 out of 5

    Riddhima

  19. 4 out of 5

    Vishal V

  20. 4 out of 5

    ANVIKSHA PANDEY

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ujan Dutta

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rhea Sanjan

  23. 5 out of 5

    Akshita Chandra

  24. 5 out of 5

    Abhinash Hatikakoti

  25. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

  26. 4 out of 5

    Gauri

  27. 5 out of 5

    Shrutakirti Kulkarni

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    Karthik Peddiraju

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    Richa

  30. 4 out of 5

    Bhagirath Khuman

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    Lara

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    Bharath

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    Dewal Narayan

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    Rishab Betala

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    Gorsi

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    Kanika

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    kapo38

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    Farhad Karkaria

  39. 5 out of 5

    Sonali Walvekar-Shete

  40. 4 out of 5

    Pankaja Balaji

  41. 5 out of 5

    Jinx:The:Poet {the Literary Masochist, Ink Ninja & Word Roamer}

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    Tejasvi Khatry

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    Kajal Kapur

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    Rakesh

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    Anik

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    Virendra

  49. 4 out of 5

    Ankit Malhan

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