Today it is not uncommon for westerners to come to India for spiritual inspiration. Even big-wigs like Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg have come. Yet this was not the case in 1935, when a 29 year old woman embarked on the long journey from Austria to India and never went back till she died 50 […]

This is the Marathi translation of my recent post “Of course Hindus won’t be thrown into hell” by Manohar Railkar काही दिवसांपूर्वी एका बातमीनं माझं लक्ष वेधून घेतलं: कॅथॉलिक चर्चकडून दलित ख्रिश्चनांमध्ये भेदाभेद केला जातो, याकरता भारतामधील दलित ख्रिस्त्यांनी व्हॅटिकनविरुद्ध संयुक्त राष्ट्रसंघाकडे एक परिवेदिका (तक्रार) दाखल केली आहे. सदर परिवेदिका राष्ट्रसंघाच्या दिल्लीस्थित माहितीकेंद्रात दाखल झाली […]

Some time ago, a news item caught my attention: Dalit Christians had filed a complaint with the United Nations against the Vatican because of caste based discrimination of the Catholic Church in India. The complaint was filed with the UN Information Centre at New Delhi. It made me feel that a suggestion I had made […]

(This one-hour speech happened to be a first for me, and I want to thank the students that they made it easy for me and looked interested throughout.) My three main points: To encourage the students to know and be proud of their heritage. To point out what is lacking in the west To give […]

India is unique. In no other country there are as many impressive spiritual personalities as in India. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is no doubt one of those outstanding personalities. Sri Sri, as Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is often called, was born on 13th May 1956 in Tamil Nadu. He started reciting verses from the Bhagavad-Gita, […]

What are the draw-backs of Hinduism apart from idol-worship? Why do you write “apart from idol worship”? Too much Christian brainwashing that idols are just stone? Hindus consider the whole universe alive, as ultimately Brahman. Nothing wrong in taking the help of a ‘form’, a murthi, to feel closer to the Divine by worshipping it. […]

Some time ago, when APJ Abdul Kalam had passed away and his life was highlighted as an inspiration to all, I could not help thinking of another Abdul(lah), whom I had the good fortune to meet many years ago. He also did not restrict the feeling of brotherhood to members of the faith he was […]

“Terror has no religion” is often repeated by politicians and media. At the same time, the most dangerous terrorists of our times like the Islamic State and Boko Haram shout triumphantly ‘Allah ho Akbar’ after brutally killing those whom they consider infidels or opponents of the caliphate. Common sense would suggest that at least these […]

Next to the Ramakrishna Mission in Dehradun, there is a small ashram where 33 years ago, on 27th August 1982, Anandamayi Ma left her body. Anandamayi Ma, who was born in 1896 as Nirmala Sundari in what is now Bangladesh, was and still is revered all over India for having being extraordinary saintly and wise […]

President Obama and other politicians worldwide steadfastly maintain that ISIS has nothing to do with Islam and most liberal non-Muslims share this opinion. Several Muslims, too, express the same view. They label the terrorists ‘misguided youths’ but don’t seem to be interested who or what misguides them. On the other hand, those who joined ISIS […]

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