Murali Balaji is an author at Religion News Service.
All Stories by Murali Balaji
In Hinduism’s celebration of Durga, lessons for how to navigate global conflicts
By Murali Balaji — October 24, 2023
(RNS) — The fight against evil, Navaratri shows us, is a prolonged effort against a shifting foe.
How India’s foray to the moon might help faiths get along here below
By Murali Balaji — August 24, 2023
(RNS) — In the success of the Chandrayaan-3 is a chance to build a more inclusive nationalism.
How a mysterious Indian religious figure united Hindus and Muslims
By Murali Balaji — August 4, 2023
(RNS) — The life and words of Shirdi Sai Baba could prove to be an inspiration to those seeking to rebuild the bridges between followers of both faiths.
How a 9th-century Hindu philosopher embodied the idea of a fulfilled life
By Murali Balaji — June 2, 2023
(RNS) — Our fear of dying can sometimes lead to a fear of living the best versions of ourselves.
My faith tells me my mother was liberated by death. On Mother’s Day, I still grieve.
By Murali Balaji — May 11, 2023
(RNS) — Navigating the Hindu belief that death leads to better things.
Symposium marks 130th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda’s arrival in the United States
By Murali Balaji — April 25, 2023
(RNS) — Swami Vivekananda’s tour of the United States would mark what would become the first exposure most non-Hindus in the West had with Hinduism.
How a Hindu parable about a sex worker inspired my bhakti
By Murali Balaji — April 20, 2023
(RNS) — A simple tale captures how Hindus have relied upon bhakti — unconditional devotion to the divine.
How Hanuman guided me as a son and father
By Murali Balaji — April 5, 2023
(RNS) — Once a fan of the Hindu deity’s superhero image, I came to understand him as a true model of devotion.
It’s Lord Ram’s birthday this week. Here’s why he’ll be remembered in six faiths.
By Murali Balaji — March 28, 2023
(RNS) — This week, millions will mark the birth of one of the most iconic figures in global lore.
Why Hinduism’s Holi is more than an explosion of color for the Indo-Caribbean diaspora
By Murali Balaji — March 8, 2023
(RNS) — The festival unites the descendants of people brought to the New World as indentured servants.
How John and Alice Coltrane’s music inspired a vision for American Hinduism
By Murali Balaji — February 22, 2023
(RNS) — They were two of the religion’s most impactful and unique gurus in its evolution into an American way of life.
How I stopped running from my name and embraced its connection to my Hindu faith
By Murali Balaji — January 3, 2023
(RNS) — For years, my desire to fit in overrode my sense of identity.
Why ‘proud Hindu’ Rishi Sunak’s rise to British prime minister is a big deal
By Murali Balaji — October 26, 2022
(RNS) — A Hindu now leads a country that for two centuries subjugated Hindus around the world.
75 years after India’s independence, a lost generation recovers its Hindu faith
By Murali Balaji — August 12, 2022
(RNS) — Indian Hindus who grew up after independence have never fully processed the trauma of colonialism.
Why Hindus should celebrate Black History Month
By Murali Balaji — February 17, 2022
(RNS) — Hindus have influenced the Black experience in America since W.E.B. Du Bois.
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