Columns

  • Kathleen Dowling Singh, RIP

    Nov 03, 2017

    No community should botch its deaths. That’s a wise statement from Mircea Eliade and apropos in the face of the death recently of Kathleen Dowling Singh. Kathleen was a hospice worker, a psychotherapist, and a very deep and influential spiritual writer.

  • In the wake of the Penang landslide tragedy, it is time to stand up and defend Nature

    Oct 27, 2017

    Once again, it takes a tragedy for us to wake up to the hazards of hill-slope clearing and development – this time in Penang.

  • Close the distance not the gate

    Oct 27, 2017

    Close the distance not the gate

  • Rulers’ statement a great boost for moderate Malaysia

    Oct 20, 2017

    The statement by the Conference of Rulers condemning recent divisive actions in society has won wide support from many segments of Malaysian society.

  • Language as opening or closing our minds

    Oct 20, 2017

    Thirty years ago, the American Educator, Allan Bloom, wrote a book entitled, The Closing of the American Mind. This was his thesis: In our secularised

  • The power of dreams

    Oct 13, 2017

    The world seems to be in an unhappy place these days, what with all the socio-economic and political problems we are only too familiar with. More dist

  • Healthy and unhealthy fear of God

    Oct 12, 2017

    Fear is a gift. It is also one of the deepest, life-preserving instincts within you. Without fear, you won’t live very long. But fear is a complex, multifaced phenomenon. Some fears help you stay alive, while others deform and imprison you.

  • A prayer for stillness

    Oct 06, 2017

    Be still and know that I am God. Scripture assures us that if we are still we will come to know God, but arriving at stillness is easier said than done.

  • Exclusion, discrimination in the name of religion distances us from God

    Oct 06, 2017

    To understand this Sunday’s parable, we need to consider the situation back in the time of Our Lord. Very often, farms and vineyards were owned by foreigners or by wealthy Israelites who lived a great distance away, usually in foreign countries.

  • Our struggle with riches

    Sep 27, 2017

    A number of years ago I attended a funeral. The man to whom we were saying goodbye had enjoyed a full and rich life. He’d reached the age of 90 and was respected for having been both successful and honest.