Reporter Stunned by Interest in ‘Guru’ Story

CNN reporter Jessica Ravitz traveled to Rishikesh in Northern India to write a feature story about gurus and the thousands of spiritual seekers from all around the globe who flock to the city, which was first popularized by the Beatles in 1968. Her story ends up being as much about her own spiritual journey as it is a fascinating account of teachers and seekers in an exotic place. When a woman in a...

Shiva ‘The Destroyer’

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A beautiful Shiva posture is that of Nataraj, the cosmic dancer (pictured), signifying the full cycle of birth, life and death. Most commonly, Shiva is thought of as “The Destroyer,” which sounds a little scary, but actually refers to the cycle of life. Brahma is the creator and Vishnu is the preserver. But dissolution is necessary so the cycle can start all over again. It’s been said that the...

Dervishes Whirl to Unite with God

Turkey’s famous “Whirling Dervishes” follow a spiritual tradition dating back to the time of the Prophet Muhammad. The whirling “sema” ritual is designed to experience rapture and annihilate oneself in spiritual ecstasy. The sema is divided into seven parts, which together symbolize a mystic cycle to attain perfection, according to the Daily Sabah. 1. The dervishes begin with...

Baptists Pray for Spiritual Awakening

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The newly elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention, Ronnie Floyd, has been leading gatherings of pastors to pray for spiritual awakening, reports Baptist Press. “I want to see revival come to the church of Jesus Christ, so that America would be awakened with a powerful God consciousness where great numbers come to faith and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior,” said Floyd, according...