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

Richard Schiffman | Posted 09.12.2014 | 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 09.03.2014 | 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 08.18.2014 | 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 08.18.2014 | 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.

The Sacred Art and Duty of Cow Protection

Chris Fici | Posted 01.06.2014 | Green
Chris Fici

The beef industry may have a powerful lobby, but who wants all that heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, not to mention all that bad karma from killing innocent animals! Don't we all hanker for a simpler, cleaner, more wholesome, less violent Earth?

In the Heart of Life: Living by Forgiving

Kathy Eldon | Posted 02.22.2014 | Impact
Kathy Eldon

I knew I could never forgive the Somalis who killed my son. My journey to forgiveness was long and painful, but one incident was to change forever the trajectory of my life.

Mandala

Jack Schimmelman | Posted 02.15.2014 | Impact
Jack Schimmelman

With the world's noses pressed against apartheid's steel glass western corporate puppeteers, he was perceived as a terrorist who would not stop. They were right. Nelson Mandela's vision threatened hatred, exploitation.

Nelson Mandela -- The End of an Era

Sadhguru | Posted 02.12.2014 | Impact
Sadhguru

It is unfortunate that injustice, subjugation and many levels of cruelty generate wonderful men. We have to find a way to generate such men when there is no strife, subjugation or injustice. We should incubate such men in joy and in celebration.

Not Anywhere Close to Person of the Year: Why Time Magazine Is Wrong About Pope Francis

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 02.11.2014 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Even if true, and the Pope were actually trying to make significant change, you don't get an "E" for effort in real life. Time's award is meant to note significant impact, not good intent. But worse, the Pope has not actually shown good intent, only good media skill.

Movie Review: Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.25.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Given how much history this film has to cover, it tends to jump around. But Idris Elba is its anchor, physically and emotionally, just as Mandela himself held the movement that was the African National Congress together, even as he moldered in a jail cell on Robben Island.