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How Tolerant Minds and Calm Politics Can Stop ISIS' War of Terror From Spreading

Gopalkrishna Gandhi | Posted 11.25.2015 | World
Gopalkrishna Gandhi

SONEPAT, India -- ISIS' manslaughter in Paris has placed on Muslims across the world the agonizing task of self-definition and self-explanation. It has placed Muslims in India in the doubly agonizing predicament of fearing a local backlash for what ISIS does as part of its global agenda. I do not believe intolerance will prevail in India. The people here are not stupid. But they live in a trapezium of wildly swinging emotions. And there, belligerents want to have their macabre fun, get their bloodied thrills.

How Gandhi's Introversion Made Him The Ultimate Liberator

Quiet Revolution | Alice Bradley | Posted 11.20.2015 | Healthy Living

This article first appeared on Mahatma Gandhi, the leader of the movement for India’s independence from Great Britain and the man...

What is this Generation's Call to Duty?

Johann Berlin | Posted 11.16.2015 | World
Johann Berlin

While the correct path forward against this enemy remains uncertain, what is clear to me is that we cannot fight injustice with more unjust actions, like blaming the very people who are trying to flee this enemy.

No, Hate, You Cannot Have Paris

Flynn Coleman | Posted 11.15.2015 | World
Flynn Coleman

I have lived some of the greatest days of my life in Paris. I have loved there, had some of the most profound love story moments of my life there. That is Paris, for me, and for many others. So hate, you cannot have Paris.

A Revealing Look At Mother Teresa In The Upcoming Film, 'The Letters'

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 11.14.2015 | Arts
Jeryl Brunner

On December 4, The Letters, a feature film about Mother Teresa's life will open in theaters across the nation.

Is Being Spiritual the Last Taboo?

Nick Seneca Jankel | Posted 11.11.2015 | Politics
Nick Seneca Jankel

I believe its because being openly spiritual is The Last Great Social Taboo, judged as shameful, embarrassing or stupid in our technocratic, über-rationalist culture. Why do we continue to allow our friends, communities, workplaces and ecological systems to suffer when self-love, brother-love and planet-love can transform all suffering in its path?

On The Future of Wagnerism, Part 7: The Nazi Legacy, Current Cinema and Questions of Judgment

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 11.11.2015 | Arts
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

In the recent period I've seen a number of films about the history and legacy of Nazism, most of them German and current, and I read about a new book on two legends of German cinema. The juxtaposition of these events in time seemed coincidental. Or was it?

3 Choices That Add Life to Your Life

Jill L. Ferguson | Posted 10.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Jill L. Ferguson

In many ways this has been a fantastic year, but it has also been a year of deaths. Personally, we have experienced four deaths of human family member...

Homecoming, Humor and Hasan: Minhaj à HA!

Randee Mia Berman | Posted 10.28.2015 | Comedy
Randee Mia Berman

There's Glass Menage-erie. There's Nicky Minaj. There's ménage à trois. And then there's Hasan Minhaj. Think Deepak Chopra meets Chris Rock. Spiritual meets comical. Gandhi meets Woody. He's nimble yet noble, profound yet playful, a rebel with reverence.

Rapper's Hunger Strike Shows Power of Ancient Form of Protest

Stefan Simanowitz | Posted 10.22.2015 | World
Stefan Simanowitz

By starving themselves slowly the hunger striker makes public the very private act of dying and their suffering becomes a source of strength eliciting strong emotions among supporters and observers.

To Hillary Clinton: Snowden Is a Traitor -- and a Hero

Michael Shammas | Posted 10.14.2015 | Politics
Michael Shammas

How revealing that the perpetrators of mass surveillance violating the Fourth Amendment -- from Cheney on down -- don't have to deal with the "traitor" question. That in CNN debates, in the mass media, this grand stigma -- traitor -- is reserved only for whistleblowers.

Spirituality Nourishes Goodness

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 10.07.2015 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

What's crucial is an openness to possibility and hope: a willingness to believe that every little choice, every little encounter with another person during the day, can plant a seed.

The Whispers From Children's Hearts Foundation

Ira Israel | Posted 10.02.2015 | Los Angeles
Ira Israel

Leaving a legacy is a vital archetype in our culture. When we think of the men and woman who have changed the course of history by living their highest purposes, it is their legacies that we are recalling.

In Defense of Gandhi

Henri Fouda | Posted 09.18.2015 | World
Henri Fouda

Mahatma Gandhi led India to independence from British rule using non-violent civil disobedience. In addition, he has inspired civil rights movements in Africa, the African diaspora and across the world. He appeared until recently to be as close to a secular saint as anyone the 20th century has produced.

Four Ways You Can Create Peace in the World

Joan Victoria Kurkian | Posted 09.15.2015 | Impact
Joan Victoria Kurkian

Like others, we are frequently overwhelmed by the endless amount of bad news in the world. We were struck by the thought that it's important for each of us to step up to do what we can to promote peace, in ourselves and in our lives.

India's Lost Opportunity For Reform: Narendra Modi Falters

Doug Bandow | Posted 08.26.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

India has extraordinary potential. Modi recently acknowledged that "there are huge global expectations for India." But for decades the Indian government has squandered its future.

Perils of Self-Illumination

Liaquat Ali Khan | Posted 08.03.2015 | Religion
Liaquat Ali Khan

In dark waters of the oceans, certain created beings generate their own illumination. This illumination is not borrowed from an external source but created from within the body of the being.

How Are You Going to Change the World?

Tamar Honig | Posted 08.03.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Tamar Honig

The question came from across a table strewn with remnants of subpar college dining hall fare. It departed from its asker's mouth, marched with purpos...

The Weekly Shooting Cycle

Eric Kasum | Posted 07.28.2015 | Politics
Eric Kasum

Refuse to speak the words gun violence. Call it domestic terrorism. That's what it really is. Like my father, we must have the courage to take a stand. Let's refuse to be bullied by the NRA and the gun industry and their wealthy donors and highly-paid lobbyists.

Jerry Brown's Climate Road Show Meets Up With the Pope in Rome

William Bradley | Posted 07.24.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

Governor Jerry Brown, pressing the California agenda on renewable energy and climate change, followed up his successful appearance earlier this month at the Climate Summit of the Americas in Toronto with what looks like an even more successful appearance at the Pope's summit.

On Educating for Peace, and Banning ALL Nukes

John Bredin | Posted 07.17.2015 | Politics
John Bredin

The only candidates in the 2016 race who might embrace these ideas are Bernie Sanders for the Democrats, and Jill Stein with the Greens. To help incubate a new politics of peace, though, a think tank co-founded by intellectuals Michael Lerner and Cornel West called the "Network for Spiritual Progressives" (NSP) has some good ideas.

History's Great Thinkers Tell You How To Get Happy

CNN | Amy Roberts | Posted 06.29.2015 | World

(CNN) -- It's almost like clockwork: Just when things in our lives are going well, a problem at work or school or with a loved one will crop up to bri...

Yoga Might Achieve What Communism Didn't: A Response to a Communist Critic of Yoga

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 06.22.2015 | Religion
Vamsee Juluri

Even if it seems commercialized and narcissistic at times, the yoga culture one sees today has not only an individual health and beauty element but a far more promising social-spiritual one.

Why I Wear YOGASMOGA Clothing When I Teach Yoga

Ira Israel | Posted 06.11.2015 | Style
Ira Israel

As yoga teachers we have to be the change we want to see in the world which means making ethical purchases and insuring that everyone gets paid fairly for their time, talent, and effort.

Honoring Oscar Romero of El Salvador

John Dear | Posted 05.20.2015 | Religion
John Dear

Thirty-five years after his martyrdom, Romero greater than ever. He's a living icon, an inspiration to any thinking person to speak out for peace, disrupt the unjust status quo, and do what you can, like Jesus, to help end war, poverty and injustice, even unto your dying breath. That's the greatest thing we can do with our lives.