This lecture focused on the Hindu view of life from the margins. While the “Hindu margin” is a fairly large heterogeneous group, this lecture laid the lens on the third gender, Kinnars (pejorative term hijṛā) and spiritual partners, categorized as “consorts.” Both these groups were discussed within the ritual praxis of “lived religions,” within the larger world of Śākta Tantra (Goddess esoteric traditions).... Read more about Video: The Hindu Margins: Third Gender and Women Spiritual Partners
"The larger the problems are around us, the deeper we must go if we are to be spiritually alive, able to manifest God’s healing power in a world that seems anything but holy," writes Professor Francis X. Clooney, S.J.
As dean of Harvard Business School (HBS), Nitin Nohria leads an organization dedicated to educating leaders who make a difference in the world. As a scholar who’s spent over 30 years on the HBS faculty, he studies human motivation, corporate transformation and accountability, and sustainable economic and human performance. Yet one of the most powerful experiences Nohria’s ever had—both personally and professionally—came while co-teaching a course that focused on religion.... Read more about Faith and Leadership
During a recent seminar, Jocelyne Cesari, T. J. Dermot Dunphy Visiting Professor of Religion, Violence, and Peacebuilding, argues that the foundational role of Hinduism in the building of the Indian secular nation-state can shed light on the current ultra nationalist policies of the Bharatiya Janata Party.
Swami Sarvapriyananda, one of three Hindu monastics in residence at HDS this school year, discusses the Upanishads, their powerful message, the Four Great Sentences, and throws light on Ashtavakra Gita.
A conversation with the three Hindu monastics visiting HDS this year, each representing a different Hindu tradition: Swami Sarvapriyananda (Ramakrishna Mission), Brahmacharini Shweta Chaitanya (Chinmaya Mission), and Sadhak Akshar–Guru: Mahant Swami Maharaj (BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha).... Read more about Video: On Being a Hindu Monastic: Personal Journeys
In the annual Hindu View of Life lecture, Ruth Harris examines how Vivekananda conveyed the meaning of “guru-bakhti” to his female disciples, and the spiritual lens through which he sought to mold them in a male spiritual milieu.