About

Maria Wirth is a German and came to India on a stop over (that’s at least what she thought) on her way to Australia after finishing her psychology studies at Hamburg University. She visited the Ardha Kumbha Mela in Haridwar in April 1980 where she met Sri Anandamayi Ma and Devaraha Baba, two renowned saints. With their blessing she continued to live in India and never went to Australia…
She dived into India’s spiritual tradition, sharing her insights with German readers through articles and books.
For long, she was convinced that every Indian knows and treasures his great heritage. However, when in recent years, she noticed that there seemed to be a concerted effort to prevent even Indians (and the world) from knowing how valuable this ancient Indian heritage is, she started to point out the unique value of Indian tradition also in English language and shares them on this blog.

She is also the author of the book “Thank you India – a German woman’s journey to the wisdom of yoga”. It can be bought via the link, price is Rs 499. The publisher offers also a gift pack of 5 copies (second link) with a 20 per cent discount. The content of the book may be value for the price… (that’s what i feel).

https://www.garudabooks.com/thank-you-india-by-maria-wirth/

https://www.garudabooks.com/thank-you-india-buy-5-copies/

i would like to thank all who commented on the different articles. Many comments are very insightful and knowledgeable and some provoke lively discussions.

Email: mariawirth12@gmail.com

178 comments

  1. a kumar · · Reply

    Thank u Maria Wirth !

    1. Asis Kumar Bagchi · · Reply

      I am grateful to know you. Internet connects us all. May you be in peace, may you be prosperous, may you be fulfilled, may you be good. This is my wish. Stay blessed.

      1. Thank you so much. All best wishes for you too

  2. Ranjit Dash · · Reply

    Ms. Wirth, keep up the excellent work. It’s wonderful to see a foreigner understand the core of Sanatan dharma, and carry the torch forward.
    Stay blessed.

  3. राजेश पाटील · · Reply

    Dhanyawaad MariaJi – You are a TRUE Valiant Hindu!! You are inspiration to many #Hindus across globe!! Keep the good work for #HinduDharma !!

    1. Thank you

  4. Chandini Mathur · · Reply

    Many among the so-called intelligentsia fall into the trap of viewing Hinduism either as a ritual-heavy religion or as something which is a ‘way of life’ hence so deeply personal that they will not discuss it..either way, it’s essence is totally missed, and their ignorance is kept under wraps. Many Hindus, do not even know enough to have an erudite discussion on the subject. Some also go overboard in projecting themselves as ‘secular’, liberal and tolerant, so much so that that they will organise and take part in rallies if a ‘minority’ religion is being ‘hounded’ or if it’s tenets and practices are being questioned. Hindus I believe really sell themselves short and some are almost apologetic about being one. A shame really 😦

  5. Ajay Kotwal · · Reply

    i am sure you must have read “hindutva” by Vinayak Damodar Savrkar if not please read

    1. Haven’t read it.

  6. Chandini Mathur · · Reply

    I feel that Hindus think they are practising Hinduism and ARE Hindus because they are following all the RITUALS and adhering to all the rules and regulations that are mentioned in some texts. If these texts are not the Vedas and the Upanishads then their validity and purpose is HUGELY questionable. No where in the Vedas or Upanishads is the caste system mentioned, leave alone exhorting people to adhere to it in their everyday life. Think it was a plot and ploy by the ‘higher’ caste to subjugate the ‘lower’ caste so that they could crown themselves socially superior and also get the ‘menial’ jobs done by their ‘inferiors’ so they could live a life of ease.
    I also find a majority of the visibly practising ones to be total hypocrites. They’ll be praying to the ‘Mother Ganga’ but just look at the state in which our sacred rivers are. People are defecating near it, washing clothes in it, throwing all their ‘pooja’ stuff in it, all harmful chemical effluents are being freely dumped in it by ‘Hindu’ business men also..their rapacious actions defy logic.
    Each day you can see businessmen and traders bow and pray before a temple on their way to work, and, more significantly, on their way back they’ll touch their ears as if asking forgiveness for all their cheating and misdeeds done during the day!! So in their minds it’s ok to cheat and lie as long as you ask for forgiveness later, and God always forgives, so it’s ok to keep doing the same on an ongoing basis- and that makes them practising Hindus!! How ludicrous is that??!!
    I feel that they are confusing religious rituals and spirituality. Spirituality would lead you to make yourself a better human being by being humane, just, kind, gentle, even-handed, being kind to Gods creatures- great and small etc.
    THAT is the essence of Hinduism-Spirituality, not religious rituals that don’t make you a better human being.

    1. tarish kaushik · · Reply

      I’m happy reading your post!

  7. Namaste Mariaji,

    First of all thank you so much for your enlightening blogs and comments in Twitter about Santana dharma! I live in Germany and I must say here Hinduism is willified so much that people don’t even feel sensitive whenever they make igrnorant hurtful about Hinduism and no explanation seems to change their mind because they think we are defending and could be lying! That is why I was wondering maybe you can write in German as well so that for German people I can give your reference or use your words- since you can write better in German-? Whether or not, thank you anyway for doing such a good work for sanatana dharma!

    Lots of love from Mainz
    Mahesh

    1. I have plenty of articles in German but didn’t get down to put them on the net… mainly because I don’t know how… The above website asked me if they can put them up.
      There are several now.
      Also, you can Google my name and Yoga Aktuell. They also put some up.
      Please share. I know the bias against India there.

  8. Maria the fact that you are looked up to, in India, to defend Hindus is the very same complex of inferiority the Hindus, have not overcome yet

  9. Mohini Sarin · · Reply

    Sad but true ! I am first generation British Born . And yet several Indians put me down by branding me ‘ india’ becoz they are complexed and envious that I am naturally western with genuine British accent mannerisms they have deep inferiority complex and are fake white wannabes!

  10. Ganesh · · Reply

    I am greatful to know about you from a swyamsevak. Later on internet provided me something of your work. I am thankful to you.
    Ganesh

    1. Happy to know this
      Thank you.

  11. Pradyumna Joshi · · Reply

    Perform AGNIHOTRA. For more details in German, connect with metzger.engen@t-online.de.
    Visit: http://www.vishwafoundation.com

  12. Shanker Krishna · · Reply

    Hi Maria,

    I commented on your most recent FB post from 7th October about Quora removing one of your posts.

    I posted a comment regarding a hateful, Hinduphobic troll called Sebastian Thomas who has posted vitriolic messages about Hinduism and Hindus in general and gloated about it. He may be the person who sent you a friend request and proceeded to post false comments attributed to Swami Vivekananda. This person is disturbed and obsessed with a civilizational conflict of some sort. Can you please block him permanently from your timeline and let me know when this has been done so I can confirm? Here is his profile – https://www.facebook.com/sebastian.thomas3.

    Please respond via the Facebook message or email as I can pickup either. Hope this can be done and wishing you the best on your work to spread the truth.

    Shanker

    1. I replied to you on FB. It should be ok now?

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