THE SOUL OF INDIA
Yoga is booming in the US, meditation
is now a commonplace practice, and Buddhism is busting at the seams right
alongside mainstream American religions. But where does this new shift
in spiritual culture come from? In this hour of To the Best of Our
Knowledge we examine the spiritual legacy of India. From the hidden
yoga in "The Wizard of Oz" to a history of the Buddha.
Sarah McDonald followed the
man she loved to India and proceeded to explore that country's ancient
spiritual heritage. She chronicles her spiritual adventures in a book
called "Holy Cow." McDonald tells Anne Strainchamps got she
got started on her quest and what most impressed her. Also, Hardeep
Dhaliwal has an interesting take on "The Wizard of Oz."
She thinks it's riddled with Yogic symbolism. She made her argument
in an article in Ascent Magazine called "There's No Place Like
Om." Dhaliwal explains to Jim Fleming how the journey to Oz is
like a yogi's journey to enlightenment and what L. Frank Baum knew about
Yoga and Eastern philosophy. And we hear clips from the movie.
Karen Armstrong is a popular
writer on religion. One of her books is "Buddha." She tells
Steve Paulson that her short biography tries to explain where the Buddha
came from and how Prince Siddharta could be a compassionate man yet
abandon his family to become the Buddha.
Brother Satyananda teaches
meditation for Self-Realization Fellowship. Deborah Willoughby
is the editor of "Yoga International" magazine. They tell
Jim Fleming that yoga is much more than merely an exercise program.
It's meant to be a union of body and mind. Also, Jai Uttal leads
kirtans around the world. Kirtan is the Indian practice of ecstatic
chant that combines music and devotion. Uttal has a "Kirtan"
CD and we hear excerpts from it.
CD copies are available at 1-800-747-7444.
Ask for program number 05-01-16-B.
- Karen Armstrong, Buddha
- Sarah Macdonald, Holy
Cow: An Indian Adventure (Broadway Books)
- -Milan/ "Liberation"
by Karsh Kale/ Six Degrees Records
- -Palmistry/ "India: The Greatest
Songs Ever"/ performed by Palmistry/ Petrol Records
- -Selections from "The Wizard
of Oz" - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack/ Rhino
- -Arroyo/ "Pathways" by
California Guitar Trio/ DGM Records
- -Love/ "India: The Greatest
Songs Ever"/ performed by Shivkumar Sharma and Hariprasad Chaurasia/
- -Dancing Spring/ "Journey
in a Dream" by Ustad Usman Kahn/ New Earth Records
- -Selections from "Kirtan:
The Art and Practice of Ecstatic Chant" by Jai Uttal
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