From darkness to light

By Suma Varughese By interviewing 17 of the most eminent spiritual luminaries of our times, our anniversary issue offers a tribute to the guru tatva, the enlightening principle, that alone can lead us from darkness to light, says Suma Varughese What can you say of those rare beings who, enlightened themselves, refrain from sinking into celestial stillness, and instead, come forward to aid suffering humanity? To the

Super star Sri Sri

By Shivi Verma Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is indisputably one of the most popular gurus of our times, and his landmark offering, the Sudarshan Kriya, has brought health and happiness to millions the world over, says Shivi Verma Ever since I came to know about Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, his Christ-like face, childlike smile, and gentle voice has held a certain kind of charm for me. Listening to him on TV used to be a delight. The

The alchemist

By Arundhati Subramaniam A true guru teaches people to simply look and see what is, instead of looking for God or truth, says Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev in an interview with Arundhathi Subramaniam It’s been 10 years since I met Sadhguru. Has it been a journey from scepticism to belief, I am often asked. It hasn’t. It has, however, been a journey from resistance towards greater receptivity, from watchful

Setting the record straight

By Jamuna Rangachari Maulana Wahiduddin Khan is a name synonymous with a liberal, moderate and tolerant interpretation of Islam. In this interview he demolishes many of the interpretations that have tarnished it in present times, says Jamuna Rangachari Maulana Wahiduddin Khan is a renowned Islamic scholar whose life mission is to promote humanism and truth as the true message of Islam. Internationally recognized for

World guru

Without a shadow of doubt, the Dalai Lama is the most popular spiritual teacher in the world. His benevolent, chuckling demeanour, and his commitment to non-violence in the face of the annexure of Tibet by China, as well as a growing fascination for Buddhism, has made him a phenomenon the world over. Introduction by Jamuna Rangachari The Dalai Lama has become synonymous with spirituality today. His compassion, humility

The love goddess

Louise L Hay, the evangelist of affirmations and self-love, speaks about her philosophy, her learnings, and her life journey, in a freewheeling interview with Ray Hemachandra There are some people who do not need any introduction and one of them is Louise L Hay. Is it not said that words cannot inspire as much as one’s life can? Louise certainly proves this. She has grappled with abuse as a child and teen, went