When I lay down in my comfortable apartment in Budapest, Hungary, all I could see in my mind are images of babies and little children lying on the dirty floor of Budapest's railway stations, or a damp field near the border waiting for their transfer to a new, safer and better life.
It was bold of Pope Francis to orchestrate this interfaith convening at Ground Zero. Before the Pope spoke, there was a joint prayer sung by an Imam and a Rabbi.
Respectful relationships do not insist on sameness of vision or the relinquishing of our distinctive theological commitments. In fact, our differences may be the places of our deepest learning from each other.
The Hindu concept of oneness of the universe and the Jain concept of nonviolence are most urgently required today to save the planet from ultimate ecological destruction.
When Mary Liciaga, a 46-year-old divorced mother of five grown kids, first started telling people she was going to an ashram in India for two weeks -- by herself -- they all tried to talk her out of it.
In short, the three-day workshop proved to be one of the best examples of educational praxis -- a combination of content, historical thinking and critical inquiry, and cultural immersion. Teachers who participated said their perspectives had been transformed by the professional development training and cultural immersion.
The Carter Center has agreed to support and bolster Sadhana's efforts to build a network and a movement of progressive Hindus committed to social justice and social action. I am cross-posting an exciting piece which was published on their platform.
My mother's belief that Shirdi Sai Baba himself escorted her safely to his shrine is indicative of how blessed she felt in being able to make the journey - as a foreign visitor with a lack of knowledge of the city - without incident.
With religious liberty under siege around the world, people of goodwill should stand for the rights of believers everywhere. Unpopular minority faiths are like the proverbial canary in the mine: When they die, further violations of human life and dignity inevitably are coming.
All of India may not have been vegetarian all the time. But the importance given to vegetarianism in Indian life for the simple reason we could live without taking an animal life, is an enormous leap in human civilization that the modern West has had a very tough time coming around to accept.
As I bake in the heat of the Indian summer, remembering the sage of Kanchi's life brings back a different kind of warmth. Belatedly, I am indebted to him for the impact he's had on my family, and the spiritual knowledge he left the world.
At the beginning of the great Hindu epic, The Ramayana, the sage Valmiki takes an early morning walk with a student in a beautiful forest, by a river. Valmiki is ecstatic about the beauty and peace of the place, and praises the pure water for being like a good man's heart.
The question answered by the South Carolina House of Representatives today is whether their state government, as a political and democratic institution representing constituents of all races, should maintain on its capitol grounds the very flag it placed there 50 years ago to protest the civil rights movement.
Hindu scriptures, like all religious texts, can be interpreted to support whatever worldview one chooses. We reject any Hindu teachings which teach prejudice and the superiority of some over others, in favor of teachings which are based on love, oneness and justice.
Why is this important to emphasize? Simply put, many Hindus -- regardless of their background -- are put in positions of trying to explain India, even if they have minimal connection to or interest in the country. They are also wrongly assumed to be the spokespeople for India, particularly its social and economic issues.
We are not flawless and the Hindu past is not unblemished. The future of our tradition, however, is not contingent on a perfect past or on immunity to criticism in the present. It depends on its ability to address human problems and to promote the flourishing of all human beings.