This is the Marathi translation of काही निमित्ताने मी जर्मनीमध्ये गेले असताना माझ्या प्राथमिक शाळेतील मित्रमैत्रिणींची भेट झाली. त्यातल्या दोघी जणींची तर गेल्या ५० वर्षांत भेट झाली नव्हती. आणि इतक्या दीर्घ काळात आमच्यांत खूप बदल झाला होता. त्यामुळं ओळखणं कठिणही जात होतं. असो. तर आमच्या बोलण्याची गाडी गावातील तुर्की समाजाकडे वळली. ६,००० वस्तीच्या त्या गावात […]

Some years ago, on a visit to Germany, I met with a few friends from primary school times. Two of them I hadn’t seen for over 50 years, but we were quickly familiar again after we got used to our new (elderly) look. The conversation veered to the Turks in town, around 600 of the […]

During the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar in 2010, a Frenchman exclaimed, “Oh, it must have been so different then” when he came to know that I was in 1986 at the Kumbh already. “No, it was not”, I realised. It was very much the same. It may have been the same for centuries. This year, […]

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. […]

  It was August 1981. The monsoon clouds were heavy between the mountains. I had travelled for the first time to Nainital, 2000 meter high in the Himalayas. Together with a porter I walked towards Ban Niwas, a branch of Aurobindo Ashram, on top of a hill. Abdullah had reached from Delhi some hours before […]