Spirituality & Religion Podcast
What is it like trying to cope with the hopes and dreams of growing up - and the disappointments and confusion? How far can a grieving mother go to seek justice for her murdered daughter? And how important is it that journalists have the courage to hold politicians to account even when doing so could land them behind bars? Just three of the questions which present themselves in the films featured in the annual All Things Considered review programme. Joining Roy Jenkins are The Rev’d Dr Peter Francis, warden of Gladstone’s Library at Hawarden, which regularly runs courses on contemporary film and theology; the film-maker and writer Angela Graham, and the Rev’d Sister Wendy Tayler, whose previous jobs have included being a night club chaplain for the Church Army: she’s now associate priest at four churches in the Caerleon ministry area.
On Sep 25, Sadhguru was at JNU, New Delhi, as part of the Youth and Truth movement. Watch the vibrant QnA session that followed as Sadhguru answered students' questions on a wide range of topics. Editor's Note: Whether you're struggling with a controversial query, feeling puzzled about a taboo topic, or just burning with a question that no one else is willing to answer, now is your chance to ask! Ask Sadhguru your questions at UnplugWithSadhguru.org.
McKenzie Wark’s new book offers 21 focused studies of thinkers working in a wide range of fields who are worth your attention. The chapters of General Intellects: Twenty-One Thinkers for the Twenty-First Century (Verso, 2017) introduce readers to important work in Anglophone cultural studies, psychoanalysis, political theory, media theory, speculative realism, science studies, Italian and French workerist and autonomist thought, two “imaginative readings of Marx,” and two “unique takes on the body politic.” There are significant implications of these ideas for how we live and work at the contemporary university, and we discussed some of those in our conversation. This is a great book to read and to teach with! Carla Nappi is the Andrew W. Mellon Chair in the Department of History at the University of Pittsburgh. You can learn more about her and her work here.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
On this Advent Sunday, churches of many traditions formally begin their preparation for Christmas. They focus today on the conviction that the Christ who came first in the weakness of a baby will come again in power and glory; and the world as we know it will end. But it’s not only religious believers with their liturgies, and strange sects retreating to mountaintops, who talk these days about preparing for the end of the world. Films, books and television series reflect a growing interest in an approaching Apocalypse – with titles like Armageddon, Oblivion, or Goodbye World. Alarmed by world events, some people have built themselves bunkers to increase their chances in the event of any doomsday they can imagine, while others pore endlessly over biblical prophecy to try to understand what they see as dark times. What are they waiting for, why are they watching for it – and do the rest of us need to worry? Joining Roy to discuss TEOTWAWKI (The End Of The World As We Know It) are Rev Byron Jones; recently retired as vice-chair of Prophetic Witness Movement International, an organisation which seeks to warn people that the time is short; Rev Dr Jonathan Black, who lectures at the Elim Pentecostal Regents Theological College, and reports that students are particularly eagerly to attend his lectures on the end times; Revd Professor David Wilkinson, Principal of St John’s College and author of a book examining Christian end times theology – eschatology – and its relationship with science; and Dr Susannah Crockford, an academic who’s studied apocalyptic communities and spent time with survivalists in Arizona.
Sadhguru tells an inspiring story from the Holocaust in response to a question about how to deal with problems like failures, breakups that fully shatter you. Editor's Note: Whether you're struggling with a controversial query, feeling puzzled about a taboo topic, or just burning with a question that no one else is willing to answer, now is your chance to ask! Ask Sadhguru your questions at UnplugWithSadhguru.org.
Sumantra Bose, "Secular States, Religious Politics, India, Turkey and the Future of Secularism" (Cambridge UP, 2018)
Sumantra Bose's new book Secular States, Religious Politics, India, Turkey and the Future of Secularism (Cambridge University Press, 2018) is a fascinating comparison of the rise of religious parties in the non-Western world’s two major attempts to establish a post-colonial secular state. The secular experiments in Turkey and India were considered success stories for the longest period of time but that has changed with the rise of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party in Turkey and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party in India and the capture of state power by political forces with an anti-secular vision of nationhood. In his ground-breaking book, Bose attributes the rise of secularism to the fact that non-Western states like Turkey and India never adopted the Western principle of separation of state and church and instead based their secularism on the principle of state intervention and regulation of the religious sphere. In doing so, Bose distinguishes between the embedding of secularism in Turkey in authoritarianism entrenched in the carving out of the modern Turkish state from the ruins of the Ottoman Empire and the fact that secularism in India is rooted in culture and a democratic form of government. With the anti-secular trend in Turkey and India fitting into a global trend in which cultural and religious identity is gaining traction, Bose’s study constitutes a significant contribution to the study of the future of secularism and the often complex relationship between religious parties and the secular state.James M. Dorsey is a senior fellow at Singapore’s S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies.
Danna Agmon, "A Colonial Affair: Commerce, Conversion, and Scandal in French India" (Cornell UP, 2017)
People sometimes forget—if they are even aware—that France’s empire in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries included a colonial presence in South Asia, a presence that at one time rivaled that of the British. Danna Agmon’s A Colonial Affair: Commerce, Conversion, and Scandal in French India (Cornell University, 2017) zooms in on the 1716 arrest and conviction of a Tamil commercial agent and employee of the French East India Company, a legal case that resonated throughout the empire for decades, even centuries, afterward. The “Nayiniyappa Affair” at the heart of this microhistory is Agmon’s way into a complex web of interests and fractures: the aims and actions of French traders, missionaries, and administrators, as well as the roles and agency of indigenous subjects and intermediaries. Moving from colonial Pondicherry to metropolitan France and back again, A Colonial Affair focuses on a local story and context with much broader implications for how we think about the workings of imperial power, authority, and sovereignty.In chapters that revisit the narrative of Nayiniyappa’s case from different angles, Agmon treats the affair as a prism illuminating aspects of the history of French colonialism. Examining the scandal from various perspectives, A Colonial Affair considers the myriad ways in which the origins and outcomes of the Nayiniyappa scandal were and might be understood. Throughout the book, Agmon weaves together the richness of the abundant archival material on the affair with careful analysis of the social, political, economic, and cultural dynamics of the case and context, including the meanings and effects of language, religious belief, local and kinship networks. A Colonial Affair will be of wide appeal to readers interested in the histories of France, India, Early modern capitalism, law, and empire in its multiple forms.Roxanne Panchasi is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at Simon Fraser University. Her current research focuses on the cultural politics of nuclear weapons and testing in France and its empire since 1945. She lives and reads in Vancouver, Canada. If you have a recent title to suggest for the podcast, please send an email to: email@example.com.*The music that opens and closes the podcast is an instrumental version of “Creatures,” a song written by Vancouver artist/musician Casey Wei (performing as “hazy”). To hear more, please visit https://agonyklub.com/.
Roy Jenkins presents the second of two special programmes to mark the 40th birthday of BBC Radio Wales. Last week, we looked at how we reflected some of the national and global events which have helped to shape the world in these four decades. This time we focus on just a few of the people whose stories we’ve told. We’ve met people honoured around the world for their courage or endurance, for the movements they’ve inspired, the books written, the music composed. We’ve welcomed religious leaders of many faith traditions: theologians and evangelists, cardinals and archbishops, and once the man regarded by some as a living god, the Dalai Lama. Many of our guests have been relatively unknown, and yet their impact on small communities and individual lives has been immense. Choosing has been an almost impossible task, but those who found their way into the final edit include the Swiss psychiatrist Elisabeth Kubler Ross who transformed attitudes to death and dying; Sean Stillman who runs Zac’s Place for the homeless in Swansea; Jean Vanier, the founder of L’Arche; the poet and priest R.S. Thomas; and the writer and activist Dr. Maya Angelou.
Sadhguru distinguishes between pathological illness and the “fringe” madness that everyone has. He speaks of how many of us push ourselves into depressive states but also come out it with help. Editor's Note: Whether you're struggling with a controversial query, feeling puzzled about a taboo topic, or just burning with a question that no one else is willing to answer, now is your chance to ask! Ask Sadhguru your questions at UnplugWithSadhguru.org.
Roy Jenkins presents the first of two special programmes to mark the 40th birthday of BBC Radio Wales. All Things Considered has been here almost from the beginning. Week by week, we’ve explored big national and global events, discussed moral and ethical issues, and profiled life-changing initiatives in the communities of Wales. Always we’ve sought to reflect from a perspective of faith. Although we have our lighter moments, for sure, sharing celebrations, telling stories of courage and achievement, exploring how religious belief can be maintained in a huge variety of situations, we confess from the start that since this tiny selection reflects some of the most significant news events of the period, there’s not a great deal of laughter on offer. We hope you’ll find, though, that what you hear will be worth remembering. This week we hear from individuals involved in 9/11, the Iraq War, from Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the South African Peace and Reconciliation Talks; from Gordon Wilson on the death of his daughter in the Enniskillen bomb; and from two ministers who witnessed first hand the tragedy of the Aberfan disaster.
Sadhguru answers a question from IIM Bangalore students on dealing with FOMO or Fear Of Missing Out. Editor's Note: Whether you're struggling with a controversial query, feeling puzzled about a taboo topic, or just burning with a question that no one else is willing to answer, now is your chance to ask! Ask Sadhguru your questions at UnplugWithSadhguru.org.
As the “war to end all wars” drew to a close in 1918, international boundaries had been redrawn, society had changed irrevocably, and communities across the world were experiencing loss on an unprecedented scale. In a Wales recently swept by religious revival, many people were sustained by their faith – but it was frequently challenged, too. A century later, on All Things Considered, Roy Jenkins and guests assess the impact of this epoch-changing conflict on faith in Wales and further afield. Joining Roy are: Dr Philip Jenkins, Distinguished Professor of History at Baylor University in Texas, who grew up in Port Talbot: one of his many books is ‘The Great and Holy War: How World War 1 changed religion for ever’; Dr Robin Barlow, author of ‘Wales and World War One’; Dr Robert Pope, Director of Studies in Church History and Doctrine at Westminster College Cambridge; and Dr Elin Jones, who was until recently responsible for the history curriculum in schools in Wales.
In response to a question at Mt. Carmel College in Bengaluru, Sadhguru talks about how the concept of heaven and hell served a purpose at one time, and why it is collapsing today. Editor's Note: Whether you're struggling with a controversial query, feeling puzzled about a taboo topic, or just burning with a question that no one else is willing to answer, now is your chance to ask! Ask Sadhguru your questions at UnplugWithSadhguru.org.
Roy Jenkins guest is Stuart Townend, writer of some of the best-loved hymns and worship songs being sung around the world. They’re part of the musical landscape for churches of many traditions. And if his name isn’t familiar…his music certainly is. He is the man behind such modern day classics as ‘In Christ Alone’, ‘How Deep the Father’s Love for Us’ and ‘Beautiful Saviour’. Stuart Townend’s compositions are credited with what some see as a combination rare in current writing for Christian worship - both theological depth and poetic expression…to go with singable tunes. He travels the world leading worship and performing, and he’s regularly in Wales.
A student asks Sadhguru how he has managed to accomplish so much within just one life. Editor's Note: Whether you're struggling with a controversial query, feeling puzzled about a taboo topic, or just burning with a question that no one else is willing to answer, now is your chance to ask! Ask Sadhguru your questions at UnplugWithSadhguru.org.
Dr. Philip Lutgendorf is Retired Professor of Hindi and Modern Indian Studies at the University of Iowa. He is currently working on a seven-volume translation of the Hindi devotional text, the Rāmcaritmānas written by the sixteenth-century North Indian poet, Tulsīdās. The first four volumes of the translation, entitled The Epic
Anand Taneja’s Jinnealogy: Time, Islam, and Ecological Thought in the Medieval Ruins of Delhi (Stanford University Press, 2017) is a landmark publication that interrogates modes of religious practice and imaginaries of time that disrupt dominant claims and narratives of the post-colonial state about religion and religious identity. Centered on the ruins
A question from social media is posed to Sadhguru at College of Engineering, Guindy, Anna University in Chennai about time travel. Sadhguru talks about the dimensions of time and space and one’s relative experience of time. Editor's Note: Whether you're struggling with a controversial query, feeling puzzled about a taboo topic, or just burning with a question that no one else is willing to answer, now is your chance to ask! Ask Sadhguru your questions at UnplugWithSadhguru.org.
In Hinduism: A Contemporary Philosophical Investigation (Routledge, 2018), Shyam Ranganathan argues that a careful philosophical study reveals telling philosophical disagreements across topics such as: ethics, logic, epistemology, moral standing, metaphysics, and politics. His analysis offers an innovative stance on the very study of Hinduism, and tensions between scholars and practitioners of...
Keya Maitra, “Philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita: A Contemporary Introduction” (Bloomsbury Academic, 2018)
The Bhagavad Gita is one of the foundational texts of Hinduism and probably the one most familiar and popular in the West. The moral problem that motivates the text – is it right to kill members of one’s extended family if they are on the other side in a war?...
Sucharita Adluri, “Textual Authority in Classical Indian Thought: Ramanuja and the Vishnu Purana” (Routledge, 2014)
What role, if any, do mythological texts play in philosophical discourse? While modern Hindu Studies scholars are becoming increasingly attuned to the extent to which Indian narratives encode ideology, Sucharita Adluri’s Textual Authority in Classical Indian Thought: Ramanuja and the Vishnu Purana (Routledge, 2014) explores the extent to which the great medieval Hindu...
In this Spot, Sadhguru gives an update on the incredible amount of initiatives and events he has been engaged in recently. Find out some little-known facts about how widespread and far-reaching Sadhguru’s activities actually are. And then, get ready for Guru Purnima! Editor’s Note: On July 27, celebrate Guru Purnima With Sadhguru, in the Presence of Adiyogi. Join in person at the Isha Yoga Center or watch the free live webstream. Register For Free LiveStream
Dr. Lavanya Vemsani is Distinguished Professor of India History and Religions at Shawnee University and the editor of the new volume entitled Modern Hinduism in Text and Context (Bloomsbury Academic, 2018). The essays in this volume look at a variety of topics ranging from Shaivite religious texts to biographies, novels,...
When it comes to running for office, do spirituality and politics mix? Find out what Sadhguru has to say about it in this Audio.
This year, Sadhguru is offering volunteers the possibility to spend Sadhanapada at the powerfully consecrated space of the Isha Yoga Center. The period of stay will begin on Guru Purnima 2018 and extend till Mahashivratri 2019. Sadhanapada is an opportunity to offer oneself through volunteering and sadhana to realize one’s ultimate potential.
Sadhguru looks at what the fundamental quality of a Guru is, and how he is different from saints and sages.
Sadhguru asks a question: “If someone enters your office, if you could know what to expect from this person, without uttering a word, it would be good, isn't it?” He looks at what it will take to develop this perception.
Pravachan # 63 in the lecture series Bhagavat Gita Gnana Yagna
Pravachan # 62 in the lecture series Bhagavat Gita Gnana Yagna
Pravachan # 61 in the lecture series Bhagavat Gita Gnana Yagna
Pravachan # 60 in the lecture series Bhagavat Gita Gnana Yagna
Pravachan # 59 in the lecture series Bhagavat Gita Gnana Yagna
This recording is from a Saturday evening Satsang at Yoga Vidya in Bad Meinberg. Bernardo chants Om Tryambakam. Enjoy this deeply touching chant and sing along! For more information about Yoga Vidya click here. Join our great Yoga Community by clicking here! Here you can find everything about Yoga Vidya Teachers Training Courses or workshops.
For this week's All Things Considered Roy Jenkins joined a gathering of people who were ready for a good meal. It was early evening, and many of them hadn't eaten since well before sunrise. In the Dar Ul-Isra mosque in the Cathays area of Cardiff, preparations are well under way to welcome those who will be breaking their Ramadan fast as soon as darkness falls. But this is not an occasion only for faithful Muslims. In this most sacred month of their calendar, the people of this mosque, as in many others, also open their doors to their neighbours of all faiths and none, and invite them to join them in this meal. Tonight's guests have the opportunity not only to feast, but also to take a guided tour, and to ask questions. Sharing Ramadan, as this event is called, is a partnership between the mosque and the charity Bridges for Communities, which aims to connect people from different cultures and faiths in the hope of building friendships and challenging stereotypes.
The song "I am I am" - sung and musically accompanied by the group "Inner Flow" by Uli - can not be found in the Yoga Vidya Kirtan Songbook. But it's easy to sing along and join in. Enjoy this recording from a Saturday evening Satsang at Yoga Vidya in Bad Meinberg, Germany.