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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Chandrika Dalal, July 22, 1999. Interview K-0814. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

Adherence to Hindi principles

Dalal illuminates her dedication to the Hindu faith by her willingness to travel to distant temples. She also reveals that, due to the dearth of Hindu temples in the United States, Hindi followers rely on technology to worship, connecting believers globally.

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Oral History Interview with Chandrika Dalal, July 22, 1999. Interview K-0814. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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CHANDRIKA DALAL:
But, I just go by myself. When I go in Hindu Bhavan, there is a one American friends, they believe in our religious (religion). And-, there is a-, in India, they have a-, we have a "Ganeshpuri". That name is Ganeshpuri in India, but here, they say "Sidha Meditation Center"—.
ANDREW JILANI:
Sidha Meditation Center. Okay.
CHANDRIKA DALAL:
Main center (is) in New York.
ANDREW JILANI:
Okay.
CHANDRIKA DALAL:
And-, they have an Ashram-, in Fallsburg. It is a hundred and fifty miles from New York. You can go in the bus, you can go in the taxi, you can go in a rented care, or your car.
ANDREW JILANI:
Okay.
CHANDRIKA DALAL:
They have an Ashram there, every summer time, Guru Mai-, is a priest leader-, she come(s) here—.
ANDREW JILANI:
Guru Mai?
CHANDRIKA DALAL:
Yeah.
ANDREW JILANI:
Okay.
CHANDRIKA DALAL:
And stay four months, so they have a totally five hundred and fifty center(s) in USA. Until I go-, last time I heard number. I don't know how much more.
ANDREW JILANI:
Uh-huh. You—.
CHANDRIKA DALAL:
But five hundred and fifty I heard-, center(s)-, and every Sunday, they have a meditation, and chanting. They have a video. That video-, Guru Mai visit(s) everywhere and give the lecture about any thing. About "bhagti", or about truth, or honesty, or anything. It is on the video. And every Sunday, the center put (play) that video, and (conduct) meditation and chanting. And that—.
ANDREW JILANI:
Uh-huh. Have you attended-, er…. Her meetings?
CHANDRIKA DALAL:
I-, (in) Chapel Hill, they have a center-, (if) somebody give(s) me (a) ride, and I watch-, sometimes, that video. I (have) never (did) see (it) in India, but I see here.
ANDREW JILANI:
Uh-huh. Okay.
CHANDRIKA DALAL:
Few videos. And I'm so impressed with that-, er… video-, because that-, that-, language is so easy to understand, and-, change(s) your mind about religion, (that) you are so lucky to listen (to) this video.
ANDREW JILANI:
And the video is in English?
CHANDRIKA DALAL:
Yeah. And they have stories, so in the story, they have a message. So, it is easy to understand-, which story-, just like here in cartoon. The cartoon-, they make it-, but there is an end-, they always say truth is good-, best. Truth is the best!
ANDREW JILANI:
Uh-huh. Okay.
CHANDRIKA DALAL:
Bad people just lose, and good people just win. That is in-, cartoon. It is-, same things come in our religious stories. So—.