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Us and Them: The Eternal Division We Have to Transcend

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Almost every weekend, my wife and I hike on a well-maintained trail abutting Los Angeles. The hikers we come across are as diverse as the passengers on a New York subway. We see faces whose ancestry points to Europe, Asia, Africa, South America and the Middle East. We hear accented English and sometimes Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Hindi, Hebrew, French, Italian, …

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We Elect Coaches, But We’re the Players

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As the ubiquitous, exhausting and often disturbing election campaign trudges on, I am often reminded of something my high school classmate Artie used to say.  We were sports fans and conversations often focused on arcane coaching tactics, game plans and strategic philosophies. Invariably, Artie would find a way to remind us, in his thick Brooklyn accent, “It don’t mean nuttin’ …

Stuck on the Spiritual Spectrum

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A dispute at a small evangelical college; the death of a Supreme Court Justice; the presidential election campaign—these and other recent events reminded me, yet again, that our religious attitudes and spiritual orientations are almost infinitely diverse. Not only are there vast differences among adherents of every tradition, but also diversity within the diversity within the diversity. Within every church, synagogue, …

How Ravi Shankar Made Musical History

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In the winter of 1967-68, I went to a Ravi Shankar concert in Boston. The auditorium was packed with aficionados of Indian classical music, curiosity seekers, trend followers, and a boatload of hippies and rock fans. Nine of ten, I would estimate, were under 30, and most of them inhabited the new landscape called ‘counterculture’. Without trying, and with considerable …

Happy 100th to Three Icons

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I recently discovered that this year marks the 100th birthday of three cultural icons who influenced my life deeply in the late 1960’s, when I first set foot on the spiritual path that would define my future.  This is my homage to them. Alan Watts (January 16). I discovered the profound transformational depth of the Eastern spiritual traditions through brilliant …

My Recent India Tour

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My lecture tour took me to 18 cities in 12 states, in the north, south, east and west. In 30 days, I gave 28 presentations: public lectures to a general audience, private talks with adult audiences, and lectures to young people at schools, universities, and yoga academies. I was on 11 domestic flights, plus trains and automobiles. I was never …

Revisiting Time’s ‘Is God Dead?’ Cover

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Forty-eight years ago this month, April 8, 1966, to be exact, Time magazine published what may be the most famous cover in its celebrated history. It consisted of a plain three-word question, printed in a bright blood red on an all-black background: Is God Dead? At the time, believers read the headline as either blasphemy, an apocalyptic announcement or a …

Take a Hindu to Lunch

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In a recent survey by the Pew Research Center, 3,217 Americans were asked to rate religious groups on a 0-100 “feeling thermometer,” with 0 representing the coldest and 100 the warmest. Hindus received a lukewarm rating of 50. There are several reasons for this, I believe. The first is obvious, and not terribly surprising: in a related Pew poll, only …