Author Archives: MW

The bashing of Brahmins and India’s caste-system has an agenda

Common people in the west know hardly anything about India. But one thing they all know: India has an ‘inhuman’ caste system, which is an important feature of their religion, Hinduism. Most also ‘know’ that Brahmins are the highest caste, which oppresses the lower castes, and worst off are the untouchables. I learnt this already […]

Indianising the religious discourse

Some months ago I attended an Interfaith Dialogue in Delhi. Hindus, Muslims and Christians spoke, all were nice, smiling. But it was not a dialogue. It was a promotion for the Abrahamic religions. Christians praised Christianity, Muslims praised Islam, and Hindus praised Christianity and Islam. Why were Hindus extra careful not to step on any […]

Buddha was a Hindu

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 […]

What good things are there in Hinduism that Islam and Christianity lack?

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 […]

How do Christianity, Islam and Hinduism compare?

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 […]

सनातन धर्म का प्रसार आवश्यक

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 […]

Is Hinduism a religion?

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 […]

Are Christian and Muslim nations ok and Hindu nations not?

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 […]

Science and religion

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 […]

Are jihadis to blame for attacking us?

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 […]