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May 2010 Archives

The good news: BP’s  procedure to plug the oil leak — ominously named “top kill” — seems to be working. The not-so-good news: new estimates show that the spill has already surpassed the notorious Exxon Valdez disaster. It is, officially […]

With “24″, “Lost”, and “Law and Order” all saying their goodbyes — and all rife with spiritual significance and religious symbolism — I wondered about a possible Hindu connection. Unfortunately, however, I wasn’t a devotee of any of the three […]

Coming soon to a theater near you? Okay, so maybe not quite yet. But the Indian media is buzzing with rumors day-dreams of the award-winning filmmaker —  most famous for his use of magic realism to create dark-but-amazingly-beautiful cult classics — […]

Note to Self:  The next time you want to denigrate someone’s religion, make sure that you don’t accidentally denigrate someone else’s religion. Last week, Tea Party Express chairperson Mark Williams went on a tirade protesting a proposed mosque at Ground […]

I found out yesterday that Kristin, a dear friend and spiritual colleague, departed from this world after battling cancer. She spent only twenty-five years in this lifetime; by anyone’s estimation, she left us too soon. In the Bhagavad-Gita, Lord Krishna […]

This video, provides a succinct and thoughtful look into death and dying in the major eastern traditions, including Hinduism. It was originally shown at a Smithsonian Institute seminar on May22, 2010, given by Professor Graham Schweig, and titled “Comparative ReligiousBeliefs: […]

That old adage about a picture being worth a thousand words may need to be revised. Pictures of the prophet Muhammad have generated perhaps millions of words this week alone, without even being drawn. Today, May 20, has been designated […]

President Obama’s pick of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to become the newest Supreme Court Justice raises a number of questions and presents the media with a number of story angles. One of the earliest of these, back when the Kagan […]