“I’m interested in selling my youngest daughter into slavery.”

Via Waylon Lewis
on Aug 20, 2011
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About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


5 Responses to ““I’m interested in selling my youngest daughter into slavery.””

  1. elephantjournal says:

    Jennifer M One of my all time favoite speeches

    Michelle W Mine too. I miss that show (even thought I wasn't a consistent viewer).

  2. anna says:


    I was India for a while studying yoga earlier this year. While there my teacher announced that he had reached an accommodation with the family of his future son-in-law. His daughter had never met the young man. While he called it something other than slavery, he effectively paid them to take his daughter off his hands. She was sold as a commodity.

    This was done not despite his "spiritualness". He certainly considered himself spiritual and many of his disciples followed him unquestioningly.

    He did it in the name of his religion and many of his disciples, especially "enlightened" Westerners, followed it unquestioningly.

  3. Celtic Maharani says:

    Anna, that is Indian culture. Why would you expect anything else? Westerners have this fuzzy idea of a romantic, idealized ancient India. Its a fantasy. A fantasy that only can be created in the Western, egalitarian mind. In India most of the marriages are arranged and come with a dowry (despite dowry being illegal). His daughter was not sold, rather a son-in-law was bought. The parents of the groom had sold their son.

    Marriage is stripped of any romantic illusions in India. Getting married to someone of your parents' choosing is part of "dharma" or the duties of a respectful son/daughter. Kids in India are raised to respect and trust their parents unflinchingly. Surely they understand that their parents have their best interests in mind. The marriages are arranged taking into consideration the socio-economic, religious, caste and educational backgrounds of the couples, and in most instances their astrological compatibility, so as to arrive at compatible match.

  4. Shannon says:

    I live in Washington, DC and I teach yoga in Potomac, MD. I have seven Indian women that I teach beginner yoga. All seven of them have had arranged marriages. Currently, the are all in the 60"s to 70's. Each one of them were married in India, then moved to the US. One of them recently lost her husband and has been really down ever since. All of them are absolutely in love and love their mates. It is A way…so far 7 out of the 7 I know, which is actually 14 seems to be perfect. P.S. they are all adorable!!!

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