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The Christian-Vaishnavite dialogue continues: Clooney’s 2011 visit to Chennai!

August 12, 2011

The Christian-Vaishnavite dialogue continues: Clooney’s 2011 visit to Chennai!

Fr Clooney SJ - lecture -2011

Silent critics, active dialoguers and sleeping theologians: The visit of Francis Xavier Clooney to Chennai / India during July-August 2011 has not been informed, noted or publicized by his critics like last year or so[1]. Those who used to write something to him or to the newspapers have also been silent. Like last year, perhaps he has also not started his blogging at “American Catholic Journal” site[2]. However, from the media (mainly through browsing), I find there has been coverage about him attending seminars, conferences as usual. I have just tried to collect and post here for reference chronologically. Readers and interested dialoguers can add, point out the left outs and other comments as usual.

Fr Clooney SJ - Vidyajoti- lecture -2011

1. Hindu Texts for Christian Theology?—Prof. Francis Xavier Clooney SJ[3]: This was the topic of the special lecture given by Prof. Francis Xavier Clooney SJ at Vidyajyoti on July 27, 2011. He spoke of the importance of reading the texts of other religions while doing Christian theology[4]. Doing theology in the Indian context evidently calls for special attention to Hindu texts. In many ways, reading and reflecting on other religious texts are similar to reading and reflecting on biblical texts. In either case, one needs to give much time and go back to the text again and again. This leads to better understanding and newer insights. One needs to ask: What is the God experience hidden in the Hindu/Christian text? Dr. Clooney illustrated his ideas by bringing together select texts from Song of Songs of the Bible and Tiruvaymoli of the Tamil bhakti tradition.

Dr. Clooney is the Parkman Professor of Divinity and Professor of Comparative Theology at Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is also the Director of the Center for the Study of World Religions. He is well-versed in the Sanskrit and Tamil traditions of Hindu India and is an acclaimed contributor in the developing field of comparative theology. The scholarly lecture was very enlightening and led to a lively discussion moderated by Fr. George Gispert-Sauch SJ, an eminent Indologist and emeritus Professor at Vidyajyoti.

NOP Vaishnava college, Clooney- resource person

2. Shape of religious trajectories to come[5]: August 1, 2011:  No amount of praise will be enough for the Principal of the Chennai-based MOP Vaishnav College for Women and the Head of its Department of Sociology for organising an International Seminar on August 2, on the continuities and changes as well as the traditions and improvisations that are likely to influence the dynamics of religious trajectories in the decades ahead.
Not only is the choice of the theme imaginative and inspired in the light of the challenges, problems and dilemmas bearing on the precepts and practices of various religions, but it is also relevant and timely in the context of the debate provoked world-wide by the delusional rantings of Anders Behring Breivik who perpetrated the shocker of a carnage at Oslo (Norway).

The topics covered by the participants are a happy blend of the elucidation of the tantalising aspects such as the secularisation of bindi on the forehead, universalisation of religion in story-telling, Diwali as Nature’s nemesis and the power of Sanskrit, and the exploration of the important “affects” (as the sociologists call them to differentiate them from “effects”) of religion in relation to economics, environment, pluralism, globalisation and modernisation.

NOT A STAND-ALONE CONCEPT Karl Marx’s often quoted statement, “Religion is the opiate of the masses” is actually the concluding part of his observation which is not that censorious: “Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions.” Religion is also the end-product of the quest of humankind for a dispenser of happiness and a refuge from forces of evil to which it finds itself unequal.

Saints, seers and sages have regarded religions as so many paths to the same Supreme Power by whatever name called. Scholarly writings based on a deep study of the real purport and purpose of religions of the world have quoted chapter and verse from every religious scripture to bring out the breadth of vision that looks at the whole humankind as one family and its total well-being as the paramount objective. Religion was never interpreted as a stand-alone concept but as being part of a continuum of religion-spirituality-ethics and morality-humanity.

Indeed, there are many passages in religious books enjoining respect for different faiths, harmony, fellow-feeling and compassion which are almost identical in language and content; if the information about the source from which they have been taken is undisclosed, it will be hard to tell which passage pertained to which religious teaching.

‘HEAVEN OF FREEDOM’ Of late, though, religious denominations are being exposed to severe tensions. First and foremost among them is the spread of religious prejudices, especially after 9/11. The Norway outrage cannot be dismissed as resulting from a single person’s sick mind, because there are many elsewhere too who entertain with varying degrees of intensity and conviction the same fears of being swamped by religious fanatics and immigrants with whom the native populations have little in common.

Second, social mores are undergoing a sea-change, throwing state-religion-society relations into a state of turmoil. As a paper on the subject of religious trajectories puts it, “demands for the recognition of gay marriage, teen marriage and inter-marriage…undermine existing religion-state agreements. Societies can….display secular trends, while state institutions remain bound to religious norms, or societies may become more religious while states remain, or attempt to remain, secular…” Third, the interconnectivities brought about by globalisation and the vast unknown of the new economy pose the dilemma of adjustment and threat of marginalisation to religion.

There are also unresolved questions about the impact on religion of advances in technology, such as space research poking into the Universe and genomics revolution abolishing death itself.

 Finally: Will the cumulative effect of all these changes be a situation in which either there will be no need for religion or the society will on its own be freed from the hold of any kind of religious identities, enabling the world to awake into that “heaven of freedom” described by Rabindranath Tagore in his poem “Where the mind is without fear…”.

Clooney at MOP Vaishnava college, Published on August 01, 2011

3. Religious Trajectories: Continuities and Changes, Traditions and Improvisations[6]:  CHENNAI: In the modern world, understanding of God has become smaller and there is a need to go deeper into tradition to understand what God is like, according to director of the Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard University, Prof Francis X Clooney.

Addressing a seminar on Dynamics of Religious Trajectories: Continuities and Changes, Traditions and Improvisations at the M O P Vaishnav College here, Clooney said traditions were not the things of the past, they could cha-nge the world.

He said religion was not static and it kept changing as the modern world. “God is like a lover and tends to change. We can’t restrict him saying he belongs to me,” he said.

Clooney, who is also Parkman professor of divinity and comparative theology, said that in the current scenario the focus was more on power, politics as well as material gains and in the process, ireligion and tradition are ignored. He said the world could be changed by one who had religious values.

Clooney- gave Radhakrishna lecture -2011

4. Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Endowment Lectures: Department of Philosophy organized Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Endowment Lectures on 5th August 2011. Prof. Francis X. Clooney, Parkman Professor of Divinity and Director of the Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard University, USA delivered two lectures on theme “Comparative Theology as 21st Century Christian Theology” and “The Drama of a God Who Comes and Goes: Reading the Biblical Song of Songs with the Srivaishnava Thiruvaymoli“.

The Principal, Dr. R.W. Alexander Jesudasan[7] presided over the function and the Bursar, Mr. C. Sundaraj and student and faculty of various departments were present on the occasion[8].

Loving God or devotee or dialoguer or incuturation? Only for the Indian Express report, I could respond as follows[9]: “Your report is partial, as Clooney’s intention has been otherwise. It is not that God is like a lover, but the question is the theologian’s attempt to impose enslaving act of restriction with the assertion that only “I can love him, you cannot”. Or “I can only love more than you”. But the the hidden agenda has been, “I love the God, but you do not; and you love a god that I cannot love”. As long as theocratic arrogance trots under the hypocritical religious superiority, love is lost!


[5] B. S. Raghavan, Shape of religious trajectories to come, http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/opinion/columns/b-s-raghavan/article2311234.ece

[6] ‘God Is like a lover, can’t restrict him’,  Express News Service, Last Updated : 03 Aug 2011 09:23:22 AM IST, http://expressbuzz.com/cities/chennai/god-is-like-a-lover-can%E2%80%99t-restrict-him/300447.html<

[7] DrR. W. Alexander Jesudasan. Principal. Address: Madras Christian College TambaramChennai Tamil Nadu 600 059.

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“Erotic yoga”, misguided/misguiding western “gurus” and maligning Indian ethos

June 19, 2011

“Erotic yoga”, misguided/misguiding western “gurus” and maligning Indian ethos

Note: Indians know, recognise and appreciate the western contribution to India. Here, only the westerners, who are / have been responsible for the attack on India, Indian tradition, culture, heritage and civilization are criticised and condemned for the degradation brought.

Scapegoat-Indians: Indians unfortunately do not read their scriptures[1], as they have been divided by the ideologists cleverly into many factors like caste, ethnicity, class, tribe, social group and so on. Linguistic fanaticism, which has been added from the beginning, acts regionally to keep the new divisions developed, and it is alive, fomenting aggressive feelings about their own fellow men. However, they believe “others”. That is why, they are simply carried on “others” by what the “others” say about them[2] and of course, about their scriptures also.

Liberalization, Privatization and Globalization with wine and women: After the so-called Liberalization, Privatization and Globalization (herein after mentioned as “LPG”), people started commercializing everything. Particularly, what is freely available in India, is linked with others and sold for price. Guru-Sishya tradition is made degraded[3] and demeaned. Male-female relationship is vandalized and prostitutionalized[4]. The media is used to justify such sins accrued out of immoral activities one way or the other[5]. The cinemas aid and abet such slow demoralizing Indian society[6]. The Christian Orphanages and Children homes have become centres of all sorts of sex abuses – from “simple body massage” to “sophisticated sex-tourism”. Of course resident directors, officers, technical consultants, visiting experts have been taken care of at different levels. Or as huge amounts are spent, they are accounted in their balance sheets under appropriate heads. Ironically, they get all sorts of exemptions from the Government of India itself!

Sins, vices and crimes increased: The LPG has brought not only modern, revised and updated science and technology but also thousands of western men and women of various categories. The MNCs have been their covers and facades. Though, they praise Indian tradition, culture, heritage and civilization through their mouths, they have been engaged in the acts against Indians affecting the same factors by all means. Blue films, pornography, pedophile, hetero-sex, drugs, woman and children trafficking and so many other crimes have increased alarmingly[7].

Inculturation and Yoga[8]: The Christians under the guise of “inculturation” have been building their places of worship like Hindu temples[9], pray their Gods with Sanskrit slokas[10], the Bishops, pastors, priests and others wearing ochre robes, sporting vermillion, kumkum, sandal paste on their foreheads, having Hindu names like Amalorapavadas, Abhishekananda, Nirmalananda etc., Even Jesus is depicted in Yoga posture with all tantric and mantric paraphernalia. Ashrams have also been built but these are “Christian / Catholic” Ashrams[11]. Though, there have been sexual relationships between male and female members – Fathers and Nuns – of the Church, as revealed in many cases, many times, they try to take shelter under “Yoga” or mantra, yantra and tantra practices. With all their basatardisation of Indian, particularly, Hindu practices, they continue to attack, blaspheme and carry out malicious propaganda that Shiva worship is phallic and so on[12].

In-culturation or out-culturation: Under such circumstances, there is nothing surprise that some European sex-yogic practioners, with pornography background, have been booked for the violation of Indian Acts and Rules in Chennai recently, that too, in a posh area just opposite to the Cathedral, Bishop’s House and other Christian institutions situated on the Cathedral Road. Here, it is not the question of violating Indian Acts and Rules, but violating the Indian values with their bastardized thinking, interpretation and in-culturation or out-culturation of yoga!

Can any Indian perform “Eucharist” exactly as has to be done: If any Indian, or a Hindu for that matter can imitate a Christian or Muslim practice in Hindu way or Hinduised way, would the Christians or Muslims accept? Instead of a Christ-body with blood and flesh, if something is substituted, cut and eaten by the new devotees, would the Christians keep quite? If Allah is represented in an Indian / Hindu way and worshipped in temple with all sloka-reciting, drum-beating, dancing etc., would the Muslims keep quite? As Hindus would believe Jesus or Christ or Allah or Mohammed as God, as some of the Christians and Muslims also believe, would such eclectic Indians / Hindus would be allowed? If they also start adopted some syncretic practices, would they accept and allow them? Anyway, before getting answers for these questions, the response of the offenders, i.e, those used “yogic practices” for sex purposes, have come out defending themselves in the internet.

The response of the offenders: Mihai Stoian, who was at Chennai centre has been responding from his blog[13] about the police action taken and the reports appearing in Indian media. Another detailed rebuttal appearing explains their stand[14]. “Tuesday the 7th of June NDTV broadcasts a completely manipulative program showing clips from the Cosmic Spiral Meditation mixed with other clips from other yoga schools from abroad and an unknown couple embracing each other, thus insinuating that acts of intimacy were happening during the Spiral. There is also a fake interview where a reporter seemingly asks if it is true that all the teachers in Satya Yoga have been acting in porn movies and a recorded voice replies “yes yes – it is absolutely correct”. But the amazing fact is that this interview, only supported by still pictures, has never taken place! It is 100% fabricated by the news channel NDTV. Even if this is a criminal act the police was never trying to act against the people that are behind such fraudulent action. Instead a Police Inspector is interviewed saying publicly that the allegations (mixing sex with yoga) against Satya Yoga are found to be true. This statement was shown only one day after the police started the investigation based on a complaint of the fundamentalist movement Hindu Makkal Katchi”. Here, the mention of the Hindu organization that has complained about the activities has been mentioned as “the fundamentalist movement Hindu Makkal Katchi”.

How a Hindu organization, movement or group could become “fundamental” like the Christians, Muslims and others? The choice of words and terminology used point to a mindset, just like, the Indian secularists, atheists and other leftist ideological groups. Of course, incidentally, the present UPA governed Governmental ministers too use such terminology without understanding the meaning of “fundamentalism”. In English, it is very convenient to use any word against anybody colloquially, intentionally, purposely or otherwise to malign, slander and disparage. Thus, ironically the so-called “erotic sex teachers” call the complainant as “fundamentalist” crying against the slander reportedly carried on them. Thus, it is evident that the “western sex tantric preachers” follow the same tactics adopted and adapted by the ideologists as pointed out.

Interestingly, he retorts about the happenings at Auroville as follows:

Another Scandal Against a Spiritual Community with the Same Pattern[15]: Whatever he has written is reproduced without any change:

Since here there are a lot of people reading for an alternative view, i will show more of these cases where one can see the similar patterns and even signs of the occult interventions to discredit various spiritual organizations and even institutions that have in common only their firm stand for certain values and principles in life.

It is today the turn of the amazing project that was started by the followers of the indian renowned guru Sri Aurobindo. After years of defeating the “social gravity”, gathering people from all around the world, Auroville was not always viewed with good eyes by the ones that do not like any alternative to their dream world where individuals have to struggle for their daily food without trying anything more. For these control maniacs a place as Auroville is a threat that can contaminate the mind of many truth searchers today. That is why they try to keep it in a very tight leash.

Here you have a so called report from Auroville that is starting in the manner that reveals exactly the same misleading and manipulative manner that we have been experiencing already from some media. And here we talk about a BBC documentary. They begin with these words the so call report:

Residents are living into an utopian community that spreads around the giant golden sphere (…) But the locals leave in poverty and say their children are the victims of sexual crimes. Welcome to Auroville!

The more the “report” unfolds, the more it becomes clear that it is just a warning given to the Auroville people to play nice and stay in the borders they are given else the things will go bad for them. Nothing new under the sun…even under the indian sun

Foreign erotic yogis find fertile ground in India: By having names like “Satya esoteric” etc., can they suppress their “true erotic” practices? Thus, the newspapers give details like this: There is something similar about No.33, Chokalingam Nagar, Teynampet, Chennai, and Mihai Stoian. At first sight, both are nondescrip; but on close scrutiny, there are many things unusual about them. A board on the two-storey pale building at Chokalingam Nagar reads “Satya Esoteric Integral Yoga”. That could have been just another yoga centre in the city, but for the teachers are foreigners, disciples of the European cult “Movement for Spiritual Integration in Absolute” (MISA), teach yoga here. Well, not just yoga, but tantra too. Tantra, as an ancient philosophy and practice, has different definitions. MISAs controversial supreme guru Gregorian Bivolarus’ unpublished book, “The Secret Tantric Path of Love” has this to say: “Have you ever dreamed of or aspired to make love intensely, profoundly and frantically with your beloved woman for even ten hours in a row”. This book reveals a host of such secret methods in a clear and accessible language, if you allow yourself to be guided by the personal experience of the author.

The controversial sex-guru[16]:  Indians know MISA (Maintenance of Internal Security Act) already, but now a new type of MISA has come from outside! The sex-yogic trainers claim that their guru – Gregorian Bivolaru (59), a Romanian, founded the Movement for Spiritual Integration in Absolute (MISA). Known as Grieg to his followers, Bivolaru, a proponent of tantra and yoga. He was arrested in 1977s by the Romanian Communist government on charges of practising yoga and distributing pornography.  In 1984, he was again arrested on charges of conspiracy. In 1989, he was convicted as a political prisoner and sent to Poiana Mare, a clinic for mental patients. His disciples say he was kept in solitary confinement without even the benefit of having a lawyer. After his release, Bivolaru continued to profess his beliefs and the Romanian government again in 2004 ordered his arrest. Bivolaru was found not guilty by the Sibiu Court of Law in Romania. He sought and got political asylum in Sweden where he is now believed to be living under a pseudonym. Therefore, having such precedence, they cannot fool Indians. Either they should follow their belief system or introduce their innovative methods, just like the export of “technical know-how” or just to follow Indian system, as Indians say. But, they cannot try to become “pseudo-gurus” with their “bastardized” methods. Definitely, one day, they would get exposed, just like what has happened now.


[1] Though Vedas are there, in Tamilnadu, the Hindu believers have been made to hate Vedas, because of the linguistic fanaticism. Interestingly, the unhistorical “Aryan-dravidian” hypotheses still play havoc, as the Dravidian ideologists either believe or use them for the political exploitation.

[2] The outdated hypotheses and theories on India on race, social stratification, etc., are still discussed and debated.

[3] It started with Roberto de Nobili through “Paramartha Guru Kathaikal” (Stories about Paramartha Guru). However, he himself donned a Hindu sanyasi with kudumi and sacred thread. Ironically, in India, no Sanyasi wears sacred thread. However, this cheat had chosen such “fancy-dress” to suit his bastardaized thinking and theology.

[4] The IT industry has proven such condition. In TV channels, sex before marriage is justified openly. The Mangalore-pub episode exposed how the educated, elite and well-off Indian girls behave, talk and become neo-western types exceeding the western counterparts in sex.

[5] The debates carried on the channels on such topics explicitly and openly. Here, “VIJAY TV” carry out such propaganda in vernacular language.

[6] The comedy actors, script-writers, producers, broadcasters and others exceed limits even degrading women in every manner. They always consider the women as “prostitutes” or come with any man just for a bike-ride, hotel-meal or movie.

[7] The Fathers having sex with Nuns regularly or otherwise, murdering non-co-operative nuns, having sex with children, usage of drugs, pornography etc., are found in many cases – Will Heum, Mathews, Trichy, Ooty, Madurai and other Bishops.

[8] Catholics claim the authority of Vatican Council – II and other Christians too carry out such practices to fool Hindus mainly for conversion.

Vatican website can be referred to for their documents. Of course, there have been thousands of books, journals  and papers, which can be read to understand.

[9] Many such Churches can be seen throughout India. But for the practice of Christianity, in every aspect, they are Hindu temples only and ordinary Hindus might mistake by external dubious appearance.

[10] There have been exclusive experimenting centres or theological laboratories to produce and manufacture such forged slokas, rites, rituals etc., e.g, NCBLC, Bangalore, Kerala; Pune;

[11] The books published by “Voice of India” are too well-known to be repeated here.

[12] Though, Swami Vivekananda himself gave a fitting reply to Gustav Oppert at the Paris conference, the mischievous and misguided western writers and speakers continue to carry out such propaganda through their literature and media.