Maria Wirth

Maria Wirth is a German and came to India on a stop over (that’s at least what she thought) on her way to Australia after finishing her psychology studies at Hamburg University. She visited the Ardha Kumbha Mela in Haridwar in April 1980 where she met Sri Anandamayi Ma and Devaraha Baba, two renowned saints. With their blessing she continued to live in India and never went to Australia… She dived into India’s spiritual tradition, sharing her insights with German readers through articles and books. For long, she was convinced that every Indian knows and treasures their great heritage. However, when in recent years, she noticed that there seemed to be a concerted effort to prevent even Indians (and the world) from knowing how valuable this ancient Indian heritage is, she started to point out the unique value of Indian tradition also in English language.




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Science and Religion

When I was in high school in Germany, I had a recurring phantasy. I imagined that some fine day the anchor in the news broadcast announces that science has found…


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Do Some Bharatiyas Purposely Misunderstand Secularism?

Do you remember the frenzied appeals to the Bharatiya electorate before the elections in May 2014 to vote “secular”? They came from all quarters – from Bollywood, from “intellectuals”, and…


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A Reply To Dr. Zakir Naik by Maria Wirth

Hindus generally don’t criticise other religions in spite of the fact that Christianity and Islam not only criticise, but demean Hindu Dharma badly. Zakir Naik is only one example. Do…



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In the business of maligning Bharat

There was a strange question on Quora recently: “Is India becoming the most hated country?” It reminded me of the years after Nirbhaya’s rape and murder, when a massive campaign…


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Following Ram, The Prince of Ayodhya

“Where you are from? Do people there also know about Ram?” Some boys had discovered me sitting at the back of a shrine at the outskirts of Chamba near Tehri…


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What Hindu Dharma is ‘Lacking’

There seems to be some “defect” in Hindu Dharma, because worldwide, it is clearly not as respected as Christianity and Islam. Hindus struggle to get a fair representation for Hindu…


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Indianising the Religious Discourse

Some months ago I attended an Interfaith Dialogue in Delhi. Hindus, Muslims and Christians spoke, all were nice, smiling. But it was not a dialogue. It was a promotion for…


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Hindu Dharma Needs To Spread

Intellectual integrity and truth are obviously unwanted in our times. These have been displaced by political correctness. Why this happened is a mystery, but mainstream media and other agencies vehemently…