Philip Goldberg has been studying India’s spiritual traditions for more than 45 years, as a practitioner, teacher and writer. An Interfaith Minister, meditation teacher and spiritual counselor, he is a skilled speaker who has lectured and taught workshops throughout the country and in India.
Philip Goldberg is the author or co-author of numerous books; a public speaker and workshop leader; a spiritual counselor, meditation teacher and ordained Interfaith Minister. He lives in Los Angeles, cohosts the Spirit Matters podcast, leads American Veda Tours and blogs regularly on Huffington Post and Spirituality & Health.
He is the author of numerous books, most recently American Veda: From Emerson and the Beatles to Yoga and Meditation, How Indian Spirituality Changed the West, which was named one of the top ten religion books of 2010 by Huffington Post and the American Library Association. He blogs regularly on the Huffington Post.
Subhash Kak (born March 26, 1947 in Srinagar) is an Indian American computer scientist. He is Regents Professor and a previous Head of Computer Science Department at Oklahoma State University–Stillwater who has made contributions to cryptography, artificial neural networks, and quantum information.
Kak is also notable for his Indological publications on the history of science, the philosophy of science, ancient astronomy, and the history of mathematics. Alan Sokallabeled Kak "one of the leading intellectual luminaries of the Hindu-nationalist diaspora."
Dr. Alok Kumar is a professor of physics at the State University of New York at Oswego. He was born and educated in India. Later, he taught at California State University at Long Beach. He has been teaching in the American higher education for over three decades. At Oswego, Kumar has received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and the President’s Award for Creative and Scholarly Activity and Research. He is the author/coauthor of three books: (1) Science in the Medieval World (1991 and 1996), (2) Sciences of the Ancient Hindus: Unlocking Nature in the Pursuit of Salvation (2014) and (3) A History of Science in World Cultures: Voices of Knowledge (to appear in 2015). He also has about 70 refereed scholarly publications. Kumar is a recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany and NOVA/NASA fellowships. About 100 articles are published in the popular media that discuss Kumar’s scholarship. These media outlets include The Washington Post, Family Life, The Scientists, and India Abroad. He is active in the fields of atomic physics, chemical physics, history of science, and science education.
Professor of Religion and Asian Studies
- PhD, 2000, University of Chicago
- MA, 1993, University of Chicago
- BA, 1991, University of Notre Dame
Dr. Jeffery Long teaches our department’s courses on Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism (Dharma Traditions), as well as a first-year seminar on Star Wars and Asian philosophy, Sanskrit, and Comparative Theology and Interfaith Engagement. He is the author of three books and a wide array of articles on Hinduism, Indian philosophy, and religious pluralism , and a Consulting Editor for Sutra Journal . In addition to his academic and spiritual interests, he is an avid fan of science fiction and fantasy and classic rock. He also likes cats.
Dr. Rajan Narayanan, a yoga teacher and Reiki Master, is also a founder and inspiration behind the Life in Yoga Foundation, a non-profit organization located in the Washington D.C. metro area. He has actively researched many different aspects of yoga and has developed specific new techniques over the years. He has also written a complete translation and commentary on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and the Bhagavad Gita. To develop a deeper understanding of the effect on yoga of various religious practices, he has studied all the major religions of the world. Dr. Narayanan’s other interests include marketing consulting and teaching as adjunct faculty in the business school of Georgetown University and other local Universities. He has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of New York at Stony brook.
A software engineer by profession, Indian culture enthusiast, ardent promoter of Hinduism, and a cancer survivor, Raj Shah is a very positive and forward thinking person. Living in the United States since 1969, he considers the US as his Karmabhoomi,but does not forget his Mathrubhumi India even for a minute. Promoting the rich culture and heritage of India has been his motto ever since he arrived in the US. Keeping those principles in mind he co-founded an organization – the VIP (Volunteers of India’s Progress) Club in Clifton, New Jersey, in 1972. Since then, he has been instrumental in promoting sev12 Chronology of Hinduism eral community organizations. Since retiring from his computer business, Advanced Microcomputer Systems Inc., Raj works full-time as Managing Editor of Desh-Videsh Magazine, which he founded in 1993 with his wife Aruna Shah. Besides serving as a Chairmen of Board of Directors, Hindu University of America, South Florida campus, he is very active in several local and national nonprofit organizations.
Raj has written several technical books on Microprocessor training and Digital Signal processing and two books on Hinduism, Chronology of Hinduism – Documenting the History of the World’s Oldest Religion and Understanding Hinduism – the Basic Facts about Hinduism and Frequently Asked Questions.
In 2017, Raj published first children’s book, We love Diwali.. Several other titles have followed included Holi Hai, The Complete Ramayan in 100 Tweets, Welcome to My Beautiful Mandir,, and Coloring and Understanding Hindu Symbols.
Raj agrees with an Arnold Palmer Golf Champion when he said, “If the mark of happiness is loving what you do, and doing what you love, then I am the happiest man who ever lived.” Granddad (Dada) of four lovely grandchildren, Raj is a family man and strongly believes in the old Hindu concept of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam – “The whole world is one family.”
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 his 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. As these articles are not likely to be published in mainstream magazines, she shares them on this blog.
Since a young child, I have been continuously active in the Hindu Community with a mission to serve and educate all those around me. I was a key member of the organizing committee for the first ever Hindu Youth Conference held in 2000 at the University of Toronto and also part of the organizing committee for the Hindu Youth Conference 2007.
Currently I host a YouTube Channel called “HINDU Lifestyle” – embracing a new platform and media to reach out to the youth growing up in North America, showing how we can make Hinduism relevant in our daily lives and also pushing back on the false stereotypes of Hinduism that are prevalent in mainstream media as well as in our school systems. I also teach Hinduism at my local Mandir to teenagers and young adults every week and conduct workshops with Hindu Youth.
Needless to say, I have a passion for Hinduism.