Every path has its extremists and Hinduism is no exception. The first I heard of the Aghoris was in a book called, “Yoga: The Essence of Life,” which I read back in 2005. The book was based around interviews of Australian yoga instructors, one of whom, Robert Svoboda, spoke of his own experience with Aghora inContinue reading “Aghast at the Aghori”
From John Nicol Farquhar, 1861-1929: “Here, then, we have the secret of that similarity which we are all so clearly conscious of, when we read a Gospel alongside of the Gita. In the Gospels we have in historical form the authoritative utterances of the historical Jesus; in the Gita we have the imaginations of aContinue reading “Gita and Gospel”
This image of Jesus, Buddha, and Krishna comes from a fridge magnet, believe it or not.
This image of Mohammed, Lao Tzu, Jesus, Buddha, and Confucius originates from Cao Dai temple, Da Nang, near Hoi An, Vietnam.
Every now and then I find it helpful to take a wider look at the spiritual currents moving through our culture, beyond my direct experience of it. In that respect I sometimes find it informative to look at what’s selling in bookstore like Amazon. So tonight I thought I’d take a look at the bestContinue reading “Best Sellers in Hinduism”
I was talking to one of our Sri Lankan members the other day when he revealed that Sai Baba was a much bigger influence amongst the Hindus of western Sydney than I’d realised. For the uninitiated Sai Baba is an popular Indian guru who considers himself greater than Christ. In his Conversations with Bhagavan SriContinue reading “Sai Baba and the Christ question”
Came across this demonstration of how to play and sing the Hindi-langugage bhajan (devotional song) called “Bhaj Paawantam”. This song is written by Anil Dev and frequently performed by the musical group Aradhana. Check out the rest at The Ramblings.
Huffington Post launched an interesting article on Mythology, Media and the Future of Hinduism yesterday. Here’s an extract: “At present, Hindu mythology is under strain from two opposite tendencies that are not entirely unrelated to broader debates about religion and politics in India and the diaspora. There seems to be a “didactic” extreme and an “experimental” extremeContinue reading “Mythology, Media and the Future of Hinduism”
If you are interested in yoga, I highly recommend you check out Lisa Miller’s article on The Clash of the Yogis. It seems secular spirituality author Deepak Chopra has been clashing with others on the Hindu roots of yoga and Miller makes some interesting observations about American culture in the process. Personally, I think Chopra is being disingenuous. It’s longContinue reading “Do the Hindu roots of yoga matter?”
Well, I’ve been saying for years that the Pendle Hill / Parramatta area is fast becoming the Hindu epicentre of Australia, but if there were any lingering doubts to what I’ve been saying they should have been squashed over the last two weeks. Firstly, it has been announced that next November a new festival dubbedContinue reading “Parramatta goes Indian”