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. As these articles are not likely to be published in mainstream magazines, she shares them on this blog.

Please feel free to share the articles in your circles

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



  1. a kumar · · Reply

    Thank u Maria Wirth !

  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!

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