Lead Us From Truth to Untruth

  A Diwali 2018 Reflection By Anantanand Rambachan   More than 2,500 years ago, a priest in Bṛhadāraṇyaka Upaniṣad (Yajur Veda) prayed: Lead us from untruth to truth-asatō mā sadgamaya Lead us from darkness to light-tamasō mā jyōtirgamaya Lead us from death to immortal life- mr̥tyōrmā amr̥taṁ gamaya Om Peace, Peace, Peace- Om śāntiḥ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ … Continue reading Lead Us From Truth to Untruth

Book review: This Worldwide Struggle: Religion and the International Roots of the Civil Rights Movement, by Sarah Azaransky (NYC: Oxford University Press, 2017)

  W.E.B. DuBois noted in 1903 that, “the problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color-line – the relation of the darker to the lighter races of men in Asia and Africa, in America and the islands of the sea.” Sarah Azaransky uses this observation as a starting point for her exploration … Continue reading Book review: This Worldwide Struggle: Religion and the International Roots of the Civil Rights Movement, by Sarah Azaransky (NYC: Oxford University Press, 2017)

What Would Swami Vivekananda Do in the Era of Trump? Reflections on Tolerance, Intolerance, and Acceptance

Jeffery D. Long   The question of how we ought to feel and act towards those whom we perceive as ‘other’ has become quite urgent in the Trump era.  Are those who are differ from us, whoever ‘we’ happen to be, to be feared and hated for these differences?  Should we be building walls, both … Continue reading What Would Swami Vivekananda Do in the Era of Trump? Reflections on Tolerance, Intolerance, and Acceptance