Spirituality

  • Vladimir Putin is 'self-centred', says Dalai Lama September 8, 2014

    Berlin: Tibet's exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama criticised Russia's President Vladimir Putin as "self-centred" in a German newspaper interview on Sunday, saying Putin seems to want to "rebuild the Berlin Wall". "His attitude is: 'I, I, I'," the Dalai Lama said, pointing out that Putin had served as Russian President,...
  • Sri Sri Ravi Shankar holds first Twitter town hall, Bollywood stars ask spiritual questions February 27, 2014

    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 February 27, 2014

    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 September 1, 2013

    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 in...
  • Sri Ravi Shankar leads meditation to mark Africa Day May 26, 2013

    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 May 17, 2013

    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 April 9, 2013

    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 that...
  • BSP leader murder: Police releases photos of spiritual guru April 7, 2013

    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 48...
  • BSP leader murder: Land dispute suspected behind killing April 4, 2013

    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 area,...
  • BSP leader murder: Police on lookout for 'spiritual guru' April 3, 2013

    New Delhi: Delhi Police have launched a manhunt in Haryana and Uttarakhand for a "spiritual guru" who is suspected to be behind the murder of local BSP leader Deepak Bhardwaj allegedly over a land dispute. Investigators are also on the look out for another associate, believed to be a commercial...
  • BSP leader murder: 'Swami involved in killing identified' April 3, 2013

    New Delhi: Investigators have identified the "spiritual guru" who is suspected to have hired shooters for Rs 50 lakh to Rs one crore to kill local BSP leader Deepak Bhardwaj. Sources said they have zeroed in on the spiritual guru following investigations into the details provided by the two alleged...
  • Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Bollywood stars lead miserable lives March 25, 2013

    New Delhi: Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar lodged a spirited counter attack on Bollywood stars and the film industry at a gathering of followers, retaliating against the premise of popular 2012 Hindi film 'Oh My God ' that criticized institutionalized religion and rampant corruption in temple trusts. He mocked actors...
  • Media misguiding people, used very less water for Holi celebrations: Asaram March 18, 2013

    Self-proclaimed spiritual leader 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. "Water was not misused as claimed by media, we used very less quantity of water. Media has been misguided by...
  • Shri Shri Ravi Shankar: Don't ban 'Vishwaroopam' January 30, 2013

    New Delhi: As the Madras High Court continued to hear the case against Kamal Haasan's 'Vishwaroopam', spiritual leader Shri Shri Ravi Shankar advised Muslims to simply ignore the controversial movie. He said a ban on 'Vishwaroopam' will only make the issue bigger and give it wide scale publicity. The court on...
  • Hindu religious leader arrested for hate speech January 14, 2013

    Hyderabad: Police in Hyderabad Monday arrested spiritual leader Swami Kamlananda Bharati for allegedly making a hate speech against Muslims. The police arrested him in Srisailam, about 250 km from Hyderabad. He is being brought to Hyderabad, police said. Two cases were booked against him by the police in two police stations...
  • Pandit Ravi Shankar bridged the gap between the East and the West: Shovana Narayan December 12, 2012

    Prominent dancer Shovana Narayan looks back at the impact of Pandit Ravi Shankar on popularising Indian culture abroad in an interaction with IBNLive readers. Q. Is there a possibility of the Panditji's performance being declared as a national treasure so that entire nation enjoys it and commercial exploitation of his work...
  • Mahatma Gandhi bridged politics, spiritualism: Rajnath November 19, 2012

    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 chief...
  • Bengal folk meets Kerala's spirituality in Baul's music November 9, 2012

    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 September 26, 2012

    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...
  • Patna HC stays arrest warrant against Nirmal Baba May 23, 2012

    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 May 21, 2012

    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 Satyendra Razak...
  • Bihar court issues warrant against Nirmal Baba May 19, 2012

    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 with a...
  • Indian books on spirituality a big draw: NBT chief May 14, 2012

    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 countries,"...
  • Lucknow Police files FIR against Nirmal Baba May 12, 2012

    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 March 31, 2012

    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 a...
  • Spiritual leader Ravi Shankar to visit Pakistan March 10, 2012

    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. Ravi Shankar...
  • Have gone through unrest all my life: Dalai Lama December 4, 2011

    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 had...
  • US: Indian spiritual guru in immigration fraud November 20, 2011

    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 Hindu...
  • I learned intuition in India: Jobs told biographer October 24, 2011

    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...
  • India was the source of spirituality to Steve Jobs October 7, 2011

    Washington: Apple's visionary co-founder Steve Jobs had a spiritual side too shaped by a "spiritual retreat to India" and "traversing through the country had sparked Jobs' conversion to Buddhism." Like the Beatles, Jobs took a spiritual retreat to India and regularly walked around his neighbourhood and the office barefoot, according...