Category Archives: India

I’m always in India

Conversation with Karen Andrews, our oblate: I was speaking about a young Indian-American, who has been inquiring about staying in one of our guest rooms. This led me into talking about what India is for me. I last was there … Continue reading

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Hindu Diaspora in America

9. Building a traditional Hindu presence in America: the arrival in greater numbers of Indian immigrants, the building of temples across the continent, where authentic vedic rites are celebrated by immigrant Brahmins. Some Hindu scholars and Brahmins are still of … Continue reading

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From West to East: Vedic America returns to India

7.    From West to East: Western scholarship and comparative religious studies and their influence in India: Raimon Panikkar; Mircea Eliade and the Chicago school. The controversy surrounding Jeffrey J. Kripal’s reading of Sri Ramakrishna. The work of Georg Feuerstein on … Continue reading

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Hinduism in Anglo-American cinema

5. Hinduism in Anglo-American cinema (e.g. “The Razor’s Edge”, “Around the World in Eighty Days”, “A Passage to India”) and pop culture; Reincarnation for the masses; Health-club Yoga; rock-stars and transcendental meditators; is the culture itself ‘spiritual but not religious’? … Continue reading

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Yogananda, S.R.F., and other offshoots of Yogananda’s mission

4. Yogananda’s idea of ‘Christianity’ as opposed to ‘Churchianity’ (this expression was first used by Vivekananda). Offshoots of Yogananda’s mission, whether institutional or charismatic: Self-Realization Fellowship, Kriyananda and his Ananda Community, Roy Eugene Davis. The opposition between Christianity and Churchianity … Continue reading

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Yogananda’s Autobiography, 1946, and Thomas Merton’s, two years later

3.    Autobiography of a Yogi, 1946: Yogananda’s song of himself in India and America; compare with Thomas Merton’s autobiography, The Seven-Storey Mountain, 1948, and with Merton’s subsequent, wide-ranging dialogue with the East. The opening lines of AY: “The characteristic features … Continue reading

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January 2012 course

The following is the syllabus for the course I taught this January at the JST, which is the Berkeley branch of Santa Clara University. DHARMA, YOGA, TANTRA This course will offer a broad historical view of the constant interaction between … Continue reading

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The Ethics of Yoga and the Rule of Benedict

The following is a talk I gave in Rome, to a gathering of monastics, on June 10, 2011. Comparing the incomparable The title of this lecture is not properly academic. One might see it on a poster at a street … Continue reading

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The Feminine in Hinduism — Syllabus

The following is the Syllabus of the course I am to teach here in Berkeley, at one of the theological schools that collectively form the ecumenical consortium GTU (Graduate Theological Union). The school that hired me is the Jesuit School … Continue reading

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The Feminine in Hinduism

This coming January, I’ll be giving a course here in Berkeley, with the title, “The Feminine in Hinduism”. Here is a short reading list: Raimundo Panikkar (ed. and transl.). The Vedic Experience, Mantramañjarī: An Anthology of the Vedas… London: Darton, … Continue reading

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