The Downside of Religions

We used to have various indigenous, shamanic and pagan cultures. And those traditions have had their focus on self-cultivation, respect for Earth and for the universal benevolent lifeforce that is larger than ourselves (God/ Divine Supreme). Just like Sanatana Dharma does (= eternal lifestyle principles of Hindu origin/Yoga).  In contrast, mainstream religions do not encourage…

D | Die Kehrseite der Religionen

Früher hatten wir verschiedene einheimische, schamanische und heidnische Kulturen. Und diese Traditionen hatten ihren Fokus auf Selbstbestimmung, Souveränität, Einklang mit der Natur, Respekt für die Erde und die universelle, gütige Lebenskraft, die größer ist als wir (Gott / Quelle / das Höchstgöttliche). Ganz so, wie Sanatana Dharma es tut (= die ewig währenden Lebensrichtlinien hinduistischen Ursprungs / Yoga). Im Gegensatz dazu, ermutigen (Mainstream-) Religionen…

D | Strahlende Flughafenkontrollen

Ich war am Hamburger Flughafen und bin entsetzt darüber, dass mittlerweile an ALLEN Kontrollpunkten die Body Scanner stehen und sich die Passagiere, wie Lemminge nacheinander, ohne zu zögern und das Szenario in Frage zu stellen, haben scannen lassen. Ich fragte beim Lufthansa Personal nach anderen Optionen der Sicherheitskontrolle. Dort hiess es, dass es keine gäbe und ich…

Radiating Airport Security

84 Indian airports plan to install full body scanners by 2020 (ref. Economic Times, 02 June 2019). Does India really have to copy yet another questionable invention from the West? I just hope that the use of body scanners remains voluntary, and doesn’t get shoved down travellers’ throats. And then I hope that its optional use gets communicated…

Conscious Birthing: Labour in Harmony with Nature

For most of their lives, women have been inundated with negative stories of other women’s birth experiences. Everyone, their mothers, sisters, aunts, cousins, friends, and even strangers, wants to tell them the horrors of giving birth. And mainstream media and movies affirm the same picture. Women have been conditioned to believe that excruciating pain is…

Why I cancelled my ‘Christian Membership’

When a reader from India came across my expression ‘compulsory tax for church members’, an interesting Q&A exchange began. Following some excerpts from our dialogue. Born in the mid 70s in Germany, I was still a baby when I got baptised catholic. Later, in my teenage years, I got confirmed protestant (my change of Christian…

Germanness & Beingness

Born and educated in Germany, I am very well aware of the heaviness German history can impose on its people. But it is about time that Germans move away from shame and self-blame. Away from self-guilt tripping, tiptoeing, oversensitivity and depression to a more holistic perspective, a healthy self-esteem and authentic aliveness. Balance is needed,…

Why I support Modi

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has facilitated some great progress over the past 3,5 years. He stands for genuine change, not half-hearted measures. As a German who has been living in India for more than six years (and who had many long sojourns before), I would like to share my view – my observations as…

Sharing with Awareness

This blog is meant to offer impulses for critical reflection. Talking about less-ideal or destructive happenings on the planet is important to avoid blind spots and uninformed choices. It needs to be balanced with a solution-oriented perspective though, and with focus on the bigger picture: existence is per se benevolent, cooperative and creative. Once we…