Spirituality

  • Sri Sri Ravi Shankar holds first Twitter town hall, Bollywood stars ask spiritual questions 27-02-2014 05:27 PM

    Sri Sri Ravi Shankar (@SriSri) recently held a live town hall session on Twitter. The spiritual guru made good use of the social media platform's conversational nature. The Twitter town hall was held under #AskSriSri on Sunday. More than 65,000 tweets using the same hashtag were generated around the live...
  • New York church posts horrific anti-gay sign outside its premises 27-02-2014 04:47 PM

    An anti-gay pastor of a church in Harlem, New York, has raised many eyebrows by putting up a horrific anti-gay sign in front of the church. Dr James David Manning, a man who has been openly critical of the Barack Obama administration and the progression of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,...
  • Asaram: A guru of controversies 01-09-2013 07:49 PM

    New Delhi:Asaram Bapu, arrested by Rajasthan Police on charges of sexual assault, is not new to controversies. The spiritual guru, who started preaching in Gujarat in the late 1960s and today owns 200 ashrams across the country, has earlier been involved in criminal cases. Asaram, 72, is in police custody...
  • Sri Ravi Shankar leads meditation to mark Africa Day 26-05-2013 02:47 AM

    Johannesburg: Indian spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar led thousands of people gathered in 23 countries via a live weblink in a special meditation session billed I-Meditate Africa to mark Africa Day on Saturday. "Let's pray for a violence-free, stress-free and prosperous Africa where nature is preserved, with its wildlife...
  • Dutt appeared restless, read religious books in jail 17-05-2013 05:33 PM

    Mumbai: Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt spent his first night after returning to prison reading spiritual books even as Maharashtra Government authorities are yet to decide on keeping him at Arthur Road Central Jail in Mumbai or shifting him elsewhere. The 53-year-old filmstar surrendered before TADA Court on Thursday and was...
  • BSP leader murder: Suspect Swami changing hideouts 09-04-2013 05:28 AM

    New Delhi: Spiritual leader Swami Pratibhanand, a suspect in the murder of BSP leader and realtor Deepak Bhardwaj in Delhi, is changing hideouts to avoid arrest, police on Monday said, adding that plots to kill the politician were also made in January and March 2013. A Delhi Police officer said...
  • BSP leader murder: Police releases photos of spiritual guru 07-04-2013 03:10 AM

    New Delhi: Delhi Police on Saturday released photographs of a spiritual guru, who is suspected to have given money to shooters, to kill local BSP leader Deepak Bhardwaj. The photographs of Machendranath alias Pratibhanand were released late in the evening. Police said he hails from Beed in Maharashtra and is...
  • BSP leader murder: Land dispute suspected behind killing 04-04-2013 04:30 AM

    New Delhi: A land dispute is suspected to be behind the murder of BSP leader and business tycoon Deepak Bhardwaj in New Delhi March 26, 2013, a police source said on Wednesday. The realtor might have been killed in connection with a 30 acre piece of land in Haryana's Bahadurgarh...
  • Media misguiding people, used very less water for Holi celebrations: Asaram 18-03-2013 08:07 PM

    Asaram Bapu has come under flak for indulging in pre-Holi celebrations wasting tonnes of water even as Maharashtra reels under its worst drought in over four decades. ...
  • Mahatma Gandhi bridged politics, spiritualism: Rajnath 19-11-2012 03:38 AM

    Ghaziabad: Former BJP president Rajnath Singh has described Mahatma Gandhi as a bridge between politics and spiritualism. Rajnath Singh was speaking at a symposium on 'Increasing Intolerance In Society: Its Reasons and Remedies', organised by the Ghaziabad Bar Association. Focussing on the characteristics of Indian society, the former Uttar Pradesh...
  • Bengal folk meets Kerala's spirituality in Baul's music 09-11-2012 01:38 PM

    New Delhi: Art, performance and regional integration merge in the folk music of Parvathy Baul, one of the country's top Baul musicians from Bengal, who balances her training as an artist from Santiniketan's Kala Bhavan with the devotional music of the wandering minstrels that she has carried down south to...
  • Spiritual guru 'wanted' in US may have fled to India 26-09-2012 03:02 PM

    Houston: An 83-year-old wheel-chair bound Indian spiritual guru, a fugitive after being convicted of groping two young girls, may have sneaked clandestinely into India, a US court has been told. US Marshals, still looking for him, suspect that Prakashanand Saraswati, known to his devotees as Swamiji, may have fled America...
  • Bose and Vivekananda: An era when knowledge trumped wealth

    The Straight Drive |  Sriram Balasubramanian
    The Higgs boson particle experiment has dominated headlines over the last couple of days. It has also triggered various debates ranging from science, religion, god...

  • Patna HC stays arrest warrant against Nirmal Baba 23-05-2012 01:03 PM

    Patna: The Patna High Court on Wednesday stayed the operation of the non-bailable arrest warrant issued by a Araria court against self-proclaimed godman Nirmal Baba. Justice SP Singh passed the order and fixed June 16 as the next date for hearing. The High Court had on Tuesday reserved its order...
  • Nirmal Baba challenges non-bailable arrest warrant 21-05-2012 04:17 PM

    Patna: Self-proclaimed godman Nirmal Baba on Monday moved the Patna High Court challenging the legality of the non-bailable arrest warrant issued by a court in Araria in Bihar against him. Vindhyachal Prasad Singh, an advocate, filed the application on behalf of the Baba. The court of Araria Chief Judicial Magistrate...
  • Bihar court issues warrant against Nirmal Baba 19-05-2012 04:17 PM

    New Delhi: A local court in Bihar on Saturday issued a non-bailable warrant against spiritual leader Nirmal Baba in connection with a cheating and forgery case. Chief Judicial Magistrate's court in Araria district of Bihar issued the arrest warrant against the Delhi-based spiritual leader. The court's order comes in connection...
  • Indian books on spirituality a big draw: NBT chief 14-05-2012 01:31 PM

    Shimla: Books on Indian spiritualism are in great demand in foreign countries, and even the Chinese are impressed, said the National Book Trust (NBT) director MA Sikander. "Books on spiritualism have become the USP (unique selling proposition) of Indian publishing houses. These books are selling like hot cakes in foreign...
  • Lucknow Police files FIR against Nirmal Baba 12-05-2012 01:06 PM

    Lucknow: The Lucknow Police have registered an FIR against him self-styled godman Nirmal Baba. Nirmal Baba has been charged with cheating, fraud and impersonation under various sections of the Indian Penal Code. The Police acted following a local court order based on a complaint filed by an 17-year-old. Tanya Thakur...
  • Dalai Lama wins $1.7 mn Templeton spiritual prize 31-03-2012 02:32 AM

    Tibet: Tibet's Buddhist leader the Dalai Lama has won the 2012 Templeton Prize worth $1.7 million for his work affirming the spiritual dimension of life, the US-based John Templeton Foundation said on Thursday. The spiritual leader "vigorously focused on the connections between the investigative traditions of science and Buddhism as...
  • Spiritual leader Ravi Shankar to visit Pakistan 10-03-2012 12:38 AM

    Bangalore: Hindu spiritual leader and The Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar will visit Pakistan on a three-day peace mission from March 12, his office said on Friday. This is his second visit to the neighbouring country. The first one was in July 2004, an AoL release said....
  • Have gone through unrest all my life: Dalai Lama 04-12-2011 01:02 AM

    New Delhi: Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Saturday said he has gone through turbulence all his life. "At 16, I lost my freedom, at 24, I was rendered stateless and homeless. I lost my home, Tibet. But I found a big home in India. All my life, I...
  • US: Indian spiritual guru in immigration fraud 20-11-2011 08:14 AM

    New York: An Indian spiritual guru has been found guilty by a federal jury of selling religious worker visas to Indians for over $ 30,000 each to enable them to enter the US fraudulently. Sagarsen Haldar, 31, also known as Gopal Hari Das, identified himself as the president of a...
  • I learned intuition in India: Jobs told biographer 24-10-2011 01:45 PM

    New York: The seven months that Steve Jobs spent wandering in India in search of spiritual enlightenment were "not a waste of time", his biographer has said, with the late Apple co-founder telling him his time in India taught him "intuition". In an interview with the CBS, biographer Walter Isaacson...