Some years ago, I met an American from Seattle, who studied Sanskrit at the university there. He had come to India to meet his guru and had even taken an Indian name. He told me that westerners, including professors, at his university who had accepted Buddhism had no hesitation to openly identify as Buddhists, yet […]

There are several good things in Hinduism which Christianity and Islam are lacking and which are obvious, provided a Christian or Muslim can get over the negative stereotypes with which Hinduism is (probably purposely) associated all over the world, like caste system and idol worship. In fact an unbiased observer will come to the conclusion […]

There are different criteria on which one could compare those 3 religions. I want to focus here only on the most important one: which one of the three is closest to truth. Christianity claims that the full truth has been revealed 2000 years ago only to Jesus Christ by the one Supreme Being (called God […]

This is the Hindi translation of https://mariawirthblog.wordpress.com/2016/09/02/hindu-dharma-needs-to-spread/ बौद्धिक निष्ठा तथा सत्य वर्तमान समय में स्पष्टतया अवांछित हैं। इन्हें ‘राजनैतिक औचित्य’ द्वारा प्रतिस्थापित कर दिया गया है। ऐसा क्यों हुआ, रहस्य है किंतु मुख्यधारा में सम्मिलित मीडिया एवं ऐसी अन्य संस्थायें ‘राजनैतिक रूप से उचित’ धारणा का पुरजोर समर्थन दे लागू करती हैं। वे प्रभावशाली ढंग […]

This question was asked on Quora and the questioner had added: “RSS and BJP say everyone living in India is a Hindu. Then who are actual Hindus? Is Hinduism really a religion?” I have expanded my original answer: Whether Hinduism is a religion depends on how religion is defined. Most people probably would say that […]

I wonder who influences whom: the Indian mainstream journalists the foreign correspondents or the other way round, as they always hold the same view. Or is there even a directive from the top of the media houses about who must be protected and who can be abused? Obviously, Hindus can be abused. I recently checked […]

When I was in high school in Germany, I had a recurring phantasy. I imagined that some fine day the anchor in the news broadcast announces that science has found proof that God exists. This was at a time when doubts started creeping in whether it was true what I had believed so strongly in […]

The fear of lone wolf attacks has changed the atmosphere in Europe. Especially women feel insecure while walking alone, but even men are not keen to go out alone at night. The security business is booming. Pepper sprays and other articles for self-defense are sold out. More security, more police is seen as the solution […]

„Would you like to come to some villages around Chamba?“ a friend asked. I happily said yes. He wanted to visit the kin of former servants of his family and bring them gifts before Diwali. After buying boxes of sweets and drawing money from an ATM, three of us set off from Mussoorie. The air […]

It seems truth cannot be told anymore. I had written an answer to the above question on quora, but after over 11k views it was taken down, allegedly violating the “be nice, be respectful” policy. I cannot see anything objectionable in my answer. Why would they let it ‘collapse’? Here is the text: Hinduism or […]