Hindu (Vedanta Society)

The Hindu Chaplaincy works in collaboration with “Dharma,” Harvard’s Hindu Student Association. Swami Tyagananda offers courses on Hindu philosophy and tradition, and is available for discussion, meditation instruction, and guidance on spiritual issues. Sunday services at 11:00 a.m. and study group meetings on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. are held at 58 Deerfield Street, Boston, near Kenmore Square.

Can a Religion Be Bad?

By Swami Tyagananda, Hindu Chaplain at Harvard

People can be good or bad, but not religion. It’s people who make enemies, who fight and who kill—and it’s people who make friends, who love and who enrich life. Should religion be held responsible for what its people do?

This raises a set of thorny questions:  what is meant by “its people” in the preceding sentence?  Who amongst us can claim to be completely authentic representatives of our

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