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Mystic Mantra: Goats and scapegoats

The Ibrahim/Abraham story narrates that Allah/God merely wanted to test his faith by asking him to sacrifice his son, Ishmael/Isaac.

21 Aug 2018 12:58 AM

Mystic Mantra: Lest we forget

Today, our countries and communities are drowning in cesspools of hatred and hostility that easily erupt in lynching, shooting, bombing or war.

06 Aug 2018 12:38 AM

Mystic Mantra: Little Anna’s greatness

Being from a wealthy family, as was customary at that time, Annakutty’s aunt began seeking rich suitors for her to be married.

29 Jul 2018 6:13 AM

Mystic Mantra: Sweet, sacred sacrifice

The Sanskrit word for ritual sacrifice is yagna, from the root yaj, meaning, to worship or offer.

13 Jul 2018 2:08 AM

Mystic Mantra: An ecumenical pilgrimage

True ecumenism demands not only respecting religious differences among us but promoting them.

27 Jun 2018 2:46 AM


Mystic Mantra: Seek the sacred in sport

Sport demands that one strives utmost to defeat or outsmart one’s opponents.

13 Jun 2018 1:33 AM

Mystic Mantra: Use WhatsApp with caution

Worse, our cell-phones sometimes become imprisoning ‘cells’, with wasted hours uselessly chattering or forwarding fear-inducing false messages.

17 May 2018 1:53 AM

Mystic Mantra: One who laughs, lasts!

Laughter makes one optimistic, sending positive vibes to connect with others.

05 May 2018 1:25 AM

Mystic Mantra: Saints next door

We often think that only sadhus, priests and imams are to be holy.

19 Apr 2018 2:19 AM

Mystic Mantra: Easter fools

Today, Holy Saturday, the silent day between Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection, reflect on the apparent “foolishness of love”.

31 Mar 2018 12:35 AM


Mystic Mantra: Sharing happiness

Stephen Hawking’s relentless search for the “Ultimate” is amazing.

20 Mar 2018 6:01 AM

Mystic Mantra: Pearls of great price

In positive perspective, pearls are treasured for their luminosity, loveliness and durability.

06 Mar 2018 6:18 AM

Mystic Mantra: Mind your language

My life’s journey has led me to meet many people and manage in many tongues — Indian and foreign.

21 Feb 2018 3:06 AM

Mystic Mantra: Healing in our field hospital

By contrast, suffering refers to the mental and psychological aspects of sickness.

08 Feb 2018 2:16 AM

Mystic Mantra: Bigness in littleness

From persecuting Christians and slaying them, he begins serving everyone, saving them from slavery to sin.

25 Jan 2018 2:49 AM


Mystic Mantra: Let’s cleanup our home

She advocated a change of mindset with meditation and a lifestyle embracing vegetarianism.

11 Jan 2018 1:44 AM

Mystic Mantra: Let’s share our Christmas bread

The Bible speaks of “bread of the presence” kept before the sanctum sanctorum.

25 Dec 2017 2:09 AM

Mystic Mantra: Key to happiness

Religions — as well as “do it yourself” manuals — provide keys to happiness.

01 Dec 2017 3:20 AM

Mystic Mantra: Divine demonetisation

The Bible severely critiques those who make money by cheating the poor.

13 Nov 2017 12:29 AM

Mystic Mantra: Luke’s good news

Luke highlights joy, compassion and the presence of God’s spirit.

18 Oct 2017 1:31 AM