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Religious Practices and Local Wisdom

Sabbir Khan | Posted 10.07.2015 | Religion
Sabbir Khan

When elements of local culture are not in conflict with religious values they should be adopted freely, because local practices are born out of centuries of wisdom. The death of local practices usually precedes the death of native wisdom.

Muslim Woman Delivers Baby At Hindu Temple After Being Thrown Out Of Taxi

HuffPost India | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.05.2015 | Religion

This article first appeared on HuffPost India.  In an incident straight out of a Bollywood script, a distressed Muslim woman in labor and her hu...

The Bus Ride to 'Belief'

Sister Jenna | Posted 10.01.2015 | OWN
Sister Jenna

As I stood there, I knew this soul was sincere, and she was being called to serve humanity through two efforts: by elevating humanity into a pure experience of God and by showcasing the importance of beautiful connections through the power of relationships.

Swami Dayananda - A Jewish Appreciation

Alon Goshen-Gottstein | Posted 09.25.2015 | Religion
Alon Goshen-Gottstein

India has just lost one of its most important Hindu leaders, Swami Dayananda Saraswati. The media referred to him by appeal to his most celebrated student, India's prime minister, Narendra Modi. But Dayananda did not need Modi to be known in India, and globally.

Kumbh Mela Brings Thousands To The Godavari River For A Holy Dip

The Associated Press | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 08.26.2015 | Religion

NASIK, India (AP) — Thousands of devout Hindus began splashing into a west Indian river for the first official day Wednesday of bathing at one o...

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.

Protesters Want Nepal Declared An Official Hindu State

The Associated Press | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 08.05.2015 | Religion

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — About 500 protesters demanding Nepal be declared a Hindu state in the country's new constitution clashed with poli...

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.

War Makes Headlines, Peace Frequently Does Not: Interfaith Efforts Pave a Path to Peace. But What Are Each of Us Doing?

Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy | Posted 06.16.2015 | Religion
Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy

Interfaith connection can heal the world; but only if there is enough of it - and enough of it requires enough of us working hard at it.

Obfuscating the Crime in Pakistan

Hassan Raza | Posted 05.30.2015 | Religion
Hassan Raza

In an unfortunate incident that took place in Balochistan province of Pakistan on Friday night, dozens of heavily armed gunmen, wearing the uniforms o...

Pakistan's MQM Needs Reconfiguration

Liaquat Ali Khan | Posted 05.12.2015 | World
Liaquat Ali Khan

The MQM cannot discard its founder, Altaf Hussain. For almost forty years, Hussain has led the party and his contributions to larger political discourse are many.

Religion, Catechism, and Parables

Catherine Nagle | Posted 05.11.2015 | Religion
Catherine Nagle

Catechism classes were part of the Catholic education I received. But regardless of how much we know about religion, isn't it the same truth that we all come to sooner or later?

Bread Not Bibles for Nepal

Suhag A. Shukla, Esq. | Posted 05.01.2015 | Impact
Suhag A. Shukla, Esq.

Social media is abuzz too -- people posting prayers and calling for donations to one charity or another, or sharing human interest stories.

From 'Deafening Silence' to Desperate Silencing: Hinduphobia Denial Is Hinduphobia Too

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 04.20.2015 | Religion
Vamsee Juluri

This essay is not about Narendra Modi's silences, real or perceived. It is not about allegations of silence made and repeated in the echo-chamber of unimaginative media discourses. No. It is about a real silence that no one in the media bothers calling out.

An American Hindu in the 21st Century

Chris Fici | Posted 04.19.2015 | Religion
Chris Fici

The global Hindu community, while inextricably rooted in the peoples and soil of India and their diaspora, can't be superficially contained or constrained by boundary or ideology, or any kind of classification of race, gender, sexuality, or caste.

Hinduphobia Would Shock Gandhi As Much As Intolerance

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 04.12.2015 | Religion
Vamsee Juluri

The more difficult question to think about is that President Obama did not say anything that decent people anywhere in the world or of any faith would disagree with. And yet, something about his comments has upset Hindus very much.

What I Learned Growing Up With A Devout Hindu Mom And An Atheist Dad

Public Radio International | Deepak Singh | Posted 01.25.2015 | Religion

My mother is a devout Hindu. She follows every ritual, fasts for every festival on the Hindu calendar and performs most religious ceremonies. She even...

The Mind: Your Life's CEO

Gadadhara Pandit Dasa | Posted 02.14.2015 | Business
Gadadhara Pandit Dasa

The mind is very much like the CEO of our life. It has almost total control of how we feel, our emotions and how we respond to the stimuli around us. This naturally spills over onto our personal relationships and overall health.

Christians Do Not Need an Olive Branch From the LGBTQ Community

Sue Kerr | Posted 02.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Sue Kerr

Bruce Barron, a Pittsburgh resident and former staffer for Rick Santorum, penned a loathsome piece in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette requesting that the LGBTQ community offer Christians an olive branch. So let me break down the absurdity of this piece. Discrimination is discrimination.

A Diwali Reflection: The Exchange of Lamps

Vineet Chander | Posted 12.23.2014 | Religion
Vineet Chander

The heart is the place where we keep that which we treasure the most. What might it mean to make our hearts a temple?

6 Teachable Lessons From 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Winners

Homa Sabet Tavangar | Posted 12.14.2014 | Impact
Homa Sabet Tavangar

Waiting for my coffee to brew at dawn on October 10 I got an instant jolt scanning news on my phone when I saw the headline Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi Are Awarded Nobel Peace Prize.

Nobel Peace Prize Creates Important Moment For Interfaith Unity

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.11.2014 | Religion

History pits them against each other, but a fiery passion united this year’s interfaith Nobel Peace Prize winners around the common goal of children...

Narendra Modi: From Tea Seller to Prime Minister

Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics
Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy

As a Muslim woman born and raised in India, Modi as prime minister presents a dream and a conundrum.

5 Reasons Why You Should Get Your Garba On During Navratri

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.27.2014 | Religion

From Sept. 25 to Oct. 3, Hindus across the world will be celebrating Navratri. The holiday honors nine different forms of the mother goddess and is ma...

The Three Million Manav March: Why Indian-Americans are Giving Prime Minister Modi a Rock Star Welcome at Madison Square Garden

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 11.26.2014 | Politics
Vamsee Juluri

Mr. Modi's arrival in New York comes at a moment when a sense of civilizational renewal is powerfully in the minds and hearts of Indians in India and the diaspora.