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Snapshots of India: Sights, Smells and Sounds

Lisa Mirza Grotts | Posted 11.26.2014 | Travel
Lisa Mirza Grotts

To celebrate his 80th birthday in October, my sister and I traveled with my father to India. He had been back only once, with my husband and brother-in-law ten years ago, since graduating in 1952. This time around, my sister and I were not going to miss out on a once-in-a-lifetime father/daughter adventure.

Waiting for a Palestinian MLK

Rabbi Joseph Meszler | Posted 11.21.2014 | Politics
Rabbi Joseph Meszler

Peace will only come to Israel when new leadership arises from the Palestinian people. When a Palestinian Martin Luther King, Jr. or Mahatma Gandhi rises up and is able to lead the Palestinian people in non-violent action, the Israeli peace movement will also rebound.

Faith in the Impossible

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 11.13.2014 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

For Kearney, faith is trusting that a higher power, however that power is defined, can make extraordinary things possible, though human choice. I don't know Kearney personally, but would invite him into my house any time.

Can America Be Saved? # 2 Not If We're Blind to the One Force That Can Turn This Battle Around

Andy Schmookler | Posted 11.13.2014 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

Tragically -- and it is indeed one of the great tragedies of American history -- as soon as he became president, Obama left behind that powerful force of the spirit into which he'd tapped as a candidate. As the Republicans tried out their "make him fail" strategy in opposition, he did nothing to rally America to its better angels.

Humility in Leadership

Gadadhara Pandit Dasa | Posted 10.27.2014 | Business
Gadadhara Pandit Dasa

Even monks and serious meditators will admit that developing humility is no easy task. However, if we hope to move in that direction, we can all some time reflect on our behavior and interactions and see how we can make some positive changes towards a more humble approach to life.

Gandhi: A Spiritual Life

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 10.02.2014 | Religion
Vamsee Juluri

Sharma's work is insightful in emphasizing the different sources of Gandhi's spiritual inspiration, especially in bringing out the role of the mother as guru.

Ancient India's 5 Words for Love (And Why Knowing Them Can Heighten Your Happiness)

Richard Schiffman | Posted 11.12.2014 | Religion
Richard Schiffman

Hinduism has a beautiful myth about the origins of love. In the beginning, there was a superbeing called Purusha. This being was without desire, craving, fear, or indeed the impulse to do anything at all--since the universe was already perfect and complete.

Practical Dreaming in the Hopeful Light of Earthrise

Craig Chalquist, Ph.D. | Posted 10.31.2014 | Good News
Craig Chalquist, Ph.D.

Perhaps it's time to try planting visions from the ground up and watering those that take root. Who knows? In restorying how we can live here, we might just prove that you can go home again. Especially if that home is your homeworld.

Dancing at the Perimeters of Faith

Cindy Brandt | Posted 10.18.2014 | Religion
Cindy Brandt

Before social justice became trendy among evangelicals, people of all denominations, faiths, and philosophies had already been steadily working in the trenches without fanfare, caring for the least of these with a quiet strength.

A Final Offering

Ilene Angel | Posted 10.18.2014 | Entertainment
Ilene Angel

To most, Robin Williams' suicide was a shock of epic proportion. I do not know why it wasn't that way for me. Instead, I felt an overwhelming sense of "Ah yes, Robin, I understand, though I wish it weren't so."

What Is The True Path To Middle Eastern Peace?

The Huffington Post | Lauren Betesh | Posted 08.04.2014 | Religion

With war raging on between Israel and Hamas and the death toll on the rise, prayers for peace in the Middle East are needed now more than ever. H...

Fight With Love as Your Primary Weapon

Levi Ben-Shmuel | Posted 09.21.2014 | Religion
Levi Ben-Shmuel

An important question we need to ask ourselves, whether a conflict is personal or on a larger scale, is how can we best resolve them in ways that serve life for the greatest good?

Love in the Mist of Petrified Trees

Jack Schimmelman | Posted 09.21.2014 | Impact
Jack Schimmelman

I am one of the fortunate ones. I have never been to war or singed with its insanity. When I see my government voluntarily send our citizens into battle without truth, on rationales that obviously lie to our faces, I want to raise my scream to the biosphere.

Nose Deep in Their Own... Prejudice: Hinduism and The New York Times' Sewage Problem

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 09.20.2014 | Religion
Vamsee Juluri

What might have been an excellent piece of reporting on an important public-health concern in India has turned out instead to be one of the most absurd, far-fetched, and ugly pieces of Hinduphobic racism in journalism ever.

The "Eye For An Eye" Fallacy

Rabbi Adam Jacobs | Posted 08.31.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Adam Jacobs

Though it sounds more like the name of a cartoon villain, Lex Talionis (the Law of Retribution) is the Latin name for the Jewish concept of an "eye for an eye." Sadly, many false conclusions about Judaism and its morality have emerged from the general misunderstanding of this important principle.

Luis Suárez and the Morality of Biting

David Vanderveen | Posted 08.25.2014 | Sports
David Vanderveen

FIFA, the governing body for World Cup soccer, is reviewing Suárez's actions and likely will issue a suspension for this outrageous assault. But the real question is what should or what ought Uruguay do?

Does War Have a Future?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

Perhaps the rulers of nations, learning nothing since the time of Alexander the Great, will continue to mobilize their citizens for war until only small bands of miserable survivors roam a barren, charred, radioactive wasteland.

World's Strictest Airport Security? Forget Tel Aviv. Think Kashmir.

Peter Mandel | Posted 06.08.2014 | Travel
Peter Mandel

The soldier and airport security guy are pointing, pointing. What do they want? Not my camera. Not my car clicker. It's my pen. A Paper Mate soft g...

Why Pacifism Was Modified: Vladimir Putin

Charles Redfern | Posted 05.25.2014 | Religion
Charles Redfern

Strict pacifism's weaknesses glare when we review a bygone era that ran on different assumptions: The fascist threat rendered the political Left less dovish in the 1930s.

My Incredible Experience With Ancestry.com

John Blumenthal | Posted 05.09.2014 | Fifty
John Blumenthal

Now that I'm over 50, I've become particularly curious about my lineage. I didn't much care about it when I was in my 20s, 30s or 40s but I now feel a strong urge to learn about my roots. Am I distantly related to Lincoln or Gandhi or Dickens or Attila the Hun? Okay, Attila the Hun might be a stretch.

Spirit Must Ground Third Metric

Stafford Betty | Posted 05.05.2014 | Religion
Stafford Betty

Wellbeing, wisdom, wonder, and the ability to take joy in service -- these are the components of the Third Metric. Money and power have their place, but they are not enough.

10 Iconic Photos That Show Why Gandhi Was Called The Great Soul

Posted 01.30.2014 | World

He was born Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, in an India that was still under British colonial rule. During a life dedicated to the non-violent pursuit of...

Power of Message: Starts With a Mirror

Matthew Dowd | Posted 03.25.2014 | Media
Matthew Dowd

I am hopeful that leaders will emerge who see the example of the pope and understand the greatest capacity for change first exists in ourselves and as that change occurs, starting with how leaders live, then motivating others will become much easier and more effective.

Martin Luther King Jr. and Gandhi: The Liberating Power of Non-violence

Gadadhara Pandit Dasa | Posted 03.23.2014 | Religion
Gadadhara Pandit Dasa

Both Martin Luther King and Gandhi were people who gained tremendous inspiration from their faith traditions and were able to perform tremendous feats of courage through the implementation of non-violence.

The Other Martin Luther King

Alan Singer | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics
Alan Singer

As the United States debates its global role in the post-Iraq and post-Afghanistan era and as new calls are made to narrow the wealth gap in the country it is important to revisit the ideas of the real Martin Luther King.