In a conversation with Maria Wirth, author of the book “Thank you India – a German woman’s journey to the wisdom of yoga.
The discourse on religion in India has been allowed to go on lopsided for far too long. Maria Wirth raises tough issues Indians themselves shy away from.
Her astute observations on how it is inclusive and liberating Hinduism, as against indoctrinating and violent Christianity and Islam, that offers the best recourse for humanity even though it has been maligned endlessly as the worst, bring the much-needed perspective into the discussion.
She also brings enriching insights into difficult subjects like the mischievous agenda of the West in misrepresenting Hinduism, the brutal stranglehold of religions claiming exclusivity over God on their people and the fear-psychology around which dogmas of Hell are centered and how they wreak havoc on impressionable minds.
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.