Spirituality And The Media.

This week’s Friday 2 on 1 fascinating topic has been chosen by Shackman. I am really curious to know quite what he will have to say on it and, I am sure, so will you be. So, without much delay, please go over to his blog to find out for yourself.

For me, the most important media is the print one. I prefer that to any other and I am lost without my quota of newspapers, periodicals and books. The largest of these is the newspaper one and India’s largest, The Times Group in two of its publications offers daily small stories and every Sunday, publishes a suplement devoted entirely to Spiritualism.

The next in the Print series will be my monthly dose of publications from five separate institutions, though three of them belong to the same order, The Sri Ramakrishna Mission.

The next in line for me are shows on religious / spiritual themes on our television channels. India has a long history of such serials starting with the famous Ramayana Series by Ramanand Sagar in the eighties. Today too, there are any number of channels offering such fare and I watch one on Sai Baba Of Shirdi every week day for half an hour.

India has any number of Godmen as they are called derisively by the sophisticates, and I occasionally get links through WhatsApp to Youtube broadcasts on spiritual matters by some of them. Here is one by Satguru, a very popular religious leader which should amuse my American readers.

One also gets bombarded by messages on spiritual and religious matters via WhatsApp, email and SMS messages, all using modern social media and I often get quite annoyed at the sheer volume of stuff that I have to delete every day.

I can therefore conclude that this must be the single largest subject for modern media and I am sure that my readers will agree.

10 thoughts on “Spirituality And The Media.”

  1. I was particularly interested in your response because of the many religions in India. I focused on television and this is one time wherein our responses are really nothing alike. The whole topic is one that could easily be much longer than we do here. I find the topic very interesting though – but I am nowhere near what could be called a person of faith.My friend the late Pete Dintino christened me the most spiritual non-believer he had ever met. Pete was a 7th Day Adventist,

    1. I am not surprised at all at your your moniker as I know quite a few who fit that description. And, yes, neither of us have done justice to the topic which simply asks for too much to be written.

  2. I don’t give much thought to spiritual matters today but I used to explore all religions back in the day to try and find some sense a world apart from those who would say “Have faith!”.

    Anthony DeMelo, an Indian Jesuit had a profound effect on me as he didn’t blather but spoke and wrote of human matters with a sprinkling of Buddhism thrown into his Catholicism. He would ask the big questions. Unitarian Universalism appealed to me in Toronto.

    Nowadays I use Tao along with a contemplation of Gaia.


    1. AD is quite popular even among non RCs here and his book The Prayer of The Frog had quite an impact on me after I was introduced to it by a much younger friend. A combination of the Tao and Gaia is potent and if it works, nothing like that.

  3. I discovered Sadhguru on the internet and have listened and watched a lot of his telecasts or whatever they’re officially called. he’s humorous but also very spot on when describing American ways. I think it’s too late for America to become spiritual. Joel Osteen has weekly attendance in the thousands at his ‘church’ in Texas I believe. he televises them. and they’re all seemingly about Success and Money. at least that’s what it sounds like. and he has more and more people every year. tiresome and frightening to me. and he’s only one of many ‘evangelists’ like that. to me that’s not spiritual in the least. not in the sense I think of it anyway.

    1. I don’t think that any body or any country can be classified as being too late for spiritualism. Many live very spiritual lives without calling that! I personally abhor the evangelism as practiced in India and I am not surprised that you find your variety so too.

  4. I don’t see much evidence of spirituality in the British media, far from it. They seem mainly concerned with political dogfights, the latest celebrity scandal, immigration, Brexit and whatever group has supposedly just been offended and insulted. You’re far more likely to find spirituality in the actions of ordinary people helping each other with their daily lives.

    1. The British have metamorphosed into a secular nation after having passed on Protestant Christianity to the colonies. Now, Britain seems to be struggling with multiculturalism and vote bank politics as it appears to us from this far.

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