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Gary in India
The horse statues in this temple are evidence the Aryan influence extended here, quite far into the south. The caste system leads to the oppression of the untouchables, the Dalits.
Saccidananda Ashram, Shantivanam of the Holy Spirit, a Christian ashram, is a monastery of Benedictine monks that includes study of Hindu doctrine (Vedanta) and Hindu methods of prayer and meditation (Yoga) and welcomes guests from all around the world for retreats. We had a talk with the abbot Father Martin and shared lunch, which was simple but delicious.
These girls at a Tamil Evangelical Lutheran hostel get an education and a safe place to stay and the chance to escape grinding poverty and abuse. Hindus, Muslims, and Christians – all are welcome – live together. They are invited to pray together in church but none is forced. This Christian approach is invitational, not coercive, with love for each child at its heart.
Studying with oppressed Dalits today. Dalits rock! Jesus Christ promises us liberation from all oppression, and those who limit this liberation to eschatological realization just don’t get what Jesus preached.
In photo: On January 3, at the Student Christian Movement Center in Bangalore.
Made it to Frankfurt, now waiting for the flight to Bangalore. Not much sleep!