Homage to Yashodhara


My eyes are full, my garments wet, tears fall, As my husband nectar-like, do I recall. He went leaving our son, I now remember Dows this world together such as I? From a folk poem on Yashodhara (translated by Ranjini Obeysekara) Most religious traditions tell us that Gods and angels reveal themselves more often to […]

INDIC NEW YEAR AND BAISAKHI


Spring shows what God can do with a drab and dirty world.   – Virgil A. Kraft For many people of Indic culture, April 14 is  New Year Day. It is, in fact, a welcoming of the season of spring. It is sometimes called Yugádi, which means the beginning (ádi) of a yuga. A yuga, […]

THOUGHTS ON GOOD FRIDAY


Since He (Christ) took the most horrific death to redeem us, He showed that suffering and pain have great power.                                                                       – E. A. Bucchianeri           This is a day of mourning for Christians, for it marks a sorrowful event in their history: the Crucifixion of Christ. It was the darkest day […]

The Non-Unus and the Est-Non-Est Epistemology of Jain Philosophy


Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.                                                                                                              -Marcus Aurelius Jainism is one of the four major Indic religious. It dates back to the fifth century BCE, but its followers hold that aside from its historical founder Vardhamana Mahavira, the system owes its […]

The Two Roots of ISIS


It is important to distinguish between the political and the religious roots of ISIS. The political roots relate to past Western colonial injustices which include political domination, economic exploitation, imperialistic map-making, cultural marginalization, and the like. It is not unlike the masses in a country rising against decades of the ruthless dictatorship of a tyrant, […]