Hinduism Archive

Worse than a “Vale of Tears”

This article first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume30, number3 (2007). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org SYNOPSIS The Hindu doctrine of Karma is directly linked to the doctrines of reincarnation and rebirth in Hindu thought and, in its various appropriations, has universal appeal both in […]

Have Your Textbooks Been Saffronized?

This article first appeared in the News Watch column of the Christian Research Journal, volume29, number4 (2006). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org Most Christian parents in America think of Intelligent Design or sexual education controversies when they hear of curriculum battles. Fighting to keep Heather Has […]

Sai Baba

This article first appeared in the News Watch column of the Christian Research Journal, volume 24, number 3 (2002). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org “And to think this is the man we used to think was God,” said a former follower of Hindu guru Sai Baba […]

Swami Yogananda and the Self-Realization Fellowship

The earliest Hindu missionaries to the West were arguably the most impressive. In 1893 Swami Vivekananda (1863–1902), a young disciple of the celebrated Hindu “avatar” (manifestation of God) Sri Ramakrishna (1836–1886), spoke at the World’s Parliament of Religions in Chicago and won an enthusiastic American following with his genteel manner and erudite presentation. Over the […]

Rajneesh Dies of Heart Failure

Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, the self-proclaimed “rich man’s guru” who once tried to take over a town in Oregon before being deported from the U.S. in 1985, died of a heart attack at age 58 in his native India on January 19. Rajneesh came to the U.S. in 1981 and, the following year, established a commune […]

The Rajneesh Cult

This article first appeared in Forward volume 5, number 1 (1982). The full text of the article can be obtained by clicking here. For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org/christian-research-journal/ In terms of media attention and exposure, we could fairly state that Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (of Transcendental Meditation) […]

Some Major Yogis in the West

The character of yoga in the West has largely been shaped by the men who exported it here from the East. Their personalities, the personalities of their own gurus who sent them here, the general character of their religious traditions, and the manner in which they adapted and packaged those traditions for consumption in the […]