All Set, but Mind Upset

By Anand Krishna Imagine a meeting of more than 100 spiritual minds, gurus from different traditions – from the most traditional to the ultra modern. Very rare, but that’s what happened last April in New Delhi. They met to discuss current issues, the challenges faced by modern society and to commit themselves to working together, […]

The Secret of Hindu Civilisation’s Survival

By Anand Krishna Last April I was invited to Guru Sangamam, the Confederation of Gurus convention held in New Delhi. Myself along with another colleague from Bali, Muniwara, were the sole overseas representation in the otherwise all Indian gurus’ affair – very interesting. I am not sure how and why I got invited, but it […]

No Conflict in True Spirituality

By Anand Krishna I managed to raise a few eyebrows when I discussed this subject in Singapore some time ago. So what is spirituality, then? First, let us check our lexicons for the definition of the word “pluralism.” The following are the most popular ones: • Oxford: a theory or system that recognises more than […]

Don’t Discard the Old

By Anand Krishna Don’t judge the content by the title. We are closer to the last Christmas than the next – no, I am not talking old and new in “that” sense. I am talking about old buildings, old structures, old ideas and old institutions versus the new ones. Travelling through Europe or the Indian […]

Peoples of a Different World

By Anand Krishna Not too long ago, I faced a situation, when for the first time, I realised that to some people love and loins are inseparable. To them, lovemaking is the only possible expression of love. They cannot think of love as anything else other than the meeting of human genitals. I have this […]

Is Multi-Religious Cooperation a Myth or Possibility for Indonesia?

  By Anand Krishna There is a beautiful Sufi saying that earlier “Sufi” did not exist as a term, but there were practicing Sufis everywhere. Now the term “Sufi” exists, but there is hardly any true practitioner. The same can be said about “multi-religious cooperation” and “interfaith dialogue.” Such terms were not popular earlier, but […]

Meditating on the Media

The media is the most powerful entity on earth,” said the American black militant leader Malcolm X, popular in the 1960s. For, in his own words, “They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.” How does the […]

Science Meets the Arts

By Anand Krishna Hardly? Impossible? Not in Bali. Here, science and the arts are not poles apart. Here, science and the arts are not opposed to each other. On this beautiful isle of gods, the two not only meet, but also complement each other. This is the inner significance of Saraswati, the Goddess of Knowledge […]