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Philip Goldberg is a spiritual counselor, public speaker, and author or coauthor of numerous books. His latest publication is American Veda: From Emerson and the Beatles to Yoga and Meditation, How Indian Spirituality Changed the West. His websites are www.AmericanVeda.com and www.PhilipGoldberg.com

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Spiritual But Not Religious: 3 Important Questions

(26) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 5:22 PM

Recently, I was one of five panelists for a discussion called "Spiritual But Not Religious: What Exactly Does That Mean?" It was cosponsored by the Southern California Committee for a Parliament of the World Religions and All Paths Divinity School, and the format was this: panelists were given three questions...

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Take My Book...Please: Further Thoughts on the Doniger Controversy

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 5:17 PM

As an author, my reaction to Penguin's decision to withdraw the Indian edition of Wendy Doniger's The Hindus: An Alternative History and destroy all remaining copies was:

Take my book, please!

Won't someone out there try to ban American Veda? I want my sales...

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Alan Watts: Reborn in Her

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 4:07 PM

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It's not very often that you're watching a feature film and hear the name Alan Watts. But there it is, not in some obscure indie flick, but in Spike Jonze's Her, which is nominated for five Academy Awards, and has already...

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Let's Be Mindful About Mindfulness

(2) Comments | Posted February 9, 2014 | 9:02 PM

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When I saw the recent Time magazine cover story, "The Mindful Revolution," it was déjà vu all over again. For one thing, Time alone has done at least two previous cover stories about the value of mental practices derived from Eastern...

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Yoga at the Smithsonian

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 3:20 PM

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You have about two weeks to get to Washington, D.C., to view the magnificent exhibit, "Yoga: The Art of Transformation." Mounted at the Smithsonian Institution's Sackler Gallery, the show's stated purpose is to...

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Missionaries in India: Conversion or Coercion?

(24) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 7:48 AM

Imagine you're poor and living in a rural area. Your child gets sick. You manage to transport her to a hospital or clinic. To your relief, the condition is treatable. But the cost of treatment is not just beyond your means, it's beyond your imagining. However, says the kindly health...

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J.D. Salinger: Sage or Sermonizer?

(6) Comments | Posted September 16, 2013 | 10:53 AM

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It is as inevitable as it is ironic: J. D. Salinger spends the entire second half of his life doing everything he can to stay out of the public eye (albeit, while filing and threatening lawsuits) is now everywhere:...

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Victory for Yoga in Encinitas: What Are the Implications?

(24) Comments | Posted July 11, 2013 | 2:05 PM

Last week's ruling in the Encinitas yoga case was welcome, but not surprising. Having perused the testimony and read the defense's legal brief, it seemed obvious to me that the judge would rule in favor of allowing the school system to continue offering yoga classes to students. The designers of...

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Why Everyone Should Go See "42"

(12) Comments | Posted April 12, 2013 | 3:15 PM

I have not yet seen "42" but I'm giving it an enthusiastic thumbs-up. If I had ten thumbs I would give it ten thumbs-up, because I want everyone to see the movie -- especially young people, a shocking number of whom don't know who Jackie Robinson was.

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Non-Violence Revisited

(4) Comments | Posted April 4, 2013 | 4:12 PM

Last week, in Los Angeles, I attended a two-evening event called "NonViolence: No Higher Calling." Part of a national initiative started by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the founder of the Art of Living Foundation, its brochure read: "Ten million acts of violence are perpetrated in the...

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The Encinitas Yoga Case: Yoga Is Religious, Only It's Not

(335) Comments | Posted March 20, 2013 | 12:49 PM

The charming seaside town of Encinitas, just north of San Diego, might have more yoga classes and practitioners per capita (population 60,000) than anywhere else in the country. Which makes it an unlikely place - or perhaps the inevitable place - for a lawsuit over the teaching of yoga in...

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Beatles in India: The Retreat That Reverberates Across the Universe

(48) Comments | Posted February 17, 2013 | 1:51 AM

Forty five years ago, the Beatles were settling into the ashram of their new guru, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, in Rishikesh, India. The news coverage was nonstop and global, as it had been six months earlier when the lads first met Maharishi and became public advocates for...

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Spiritual But Not Religious: Misunderstood and Here to Stay

(310) Comments | Posted February 13, 2013 | 11:10 AM

A great deal has been written about that ever-expanding group of Americans who check "none" when asked about their religious affiliations. The segment of nones who call themselves "spiritual but not religious" (SBNR) now constitute at least 20 percent of the population, and 30 percent of those under...

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Celebrating Swami Vivekananda's 150th

(85) Comments | Posted January 12, 2013 | 7:02 AM

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Visitors exiting the Art Institute of Chicago on Michigan Avenue are often perplexed by the street sign that reads Swami Vivekananda Way. What is it doing there? Who is this swami, and why does he deserve an honorary street name like...

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Celebrating Ravi Shankar's Spiritual Legacy

(14) Comments | Posted December 17, 2012 | 2:02 PM

In the winter of 1967-68, I went to a Ravi Shankar concert in Boston. The auditorium was packed with aficionados of Indian classical music, curiosity seekers, trend followers, and a boatload of hippies and rock fans. Nine of ten, I would estimate, were under 30, and most of...

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Hindus in the Heartland: Let me Hear You Say "Namaste"

(14) Comments | Posted December 11, 2012 | 10:29 AM

HuffPost has a slide show up showing the percentage of Hindus in various American cities. It is based on a survey by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB), which finds, predictably, that most American Hindus are in metropolitan areas with populations greater than a...

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The G-Word: What Does It Mean to Believe in God?

(137) Comments | Posted November 30, 2012 | 8:40 PM

Whenever I'm asked if I believe in God, I say, "It depends on how you define 'God.'" Use one definition and my "no" is unequivocal; use another and I'm on the side of believers. I know scientists who say they believe in God, but they define the term rather differently...

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Language Matters: How the Framing of His Tax Plan Can Hurt Obama

(1) Comments | Posted October 25, 2012 | 12:54 PM

An acquaintance of mine told me he's voting for Mitt Romney. His motivation, he happily and proudly admits, is selfish: "Obama will raise taxes on people who earn more than two hundred and fifty grand."

My friend does not earn that much now, but he is getting close. Edging...

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I Am Not Amazed: The Shocking, Stunning, Mind-Blowing Rise of "Amazing"

(5) Comments | Posted October 2, 2012 | 1:46 PM

When I saw the title of the new book by linguist Geoffrey Nunberg, Ascent of the A-Word, I assumed the word in question was "amazing." It's not. It's a two-syllable pejorative that ends in "hole." But the rise of "amazing" also deserves a book. That A-word has become...

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Bhakti Fest: Back to the Garden for Yogis

(12) Comments | Posted August 23, 2012 | 6:09 PM

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From Sept. 6 through 9, about 3,000 people will descend on the high desert above Palm Springs for the fourth annual Bhakti Fest. Billed as "The Festival of Yoga, Kirtan and Wisdom From the Heart," the event has been compared...

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