Alvin Buchignani came to visit today with his wife Francoise. Alvin was Gurudeva’s attorney when Gurudeva first started his organization in San Francisco in the early 1960’s. He was a young beginning lawyer then, but Gurudeva saw a good young man with integrity and vision and adopted him as his attorney.
Alvin was instrumental in helping set up our non-profit organizations and later drafting the by-laws for the Hindu Heritage Endowment. He has since retired but remains a dear friend. Here he talks with Hinduism Today editors about legal issues surrounding the California text book case.
"Hinduism is recognized as the most compassionate, mystical and enlightened faith on the planet." Is India's ancient faith Hinduism a religion or a way of life? All religions are ways of life but there are ways of life that don't involve God and worship. Religion guides our daily life. We encourage deeper religious practices such as the humility developed by selfless service, especially in a temple or ashram, scriptural study, worship in the home shrine and temple, pilgrimage and coming into a sense of oneness with God which meditation can provide.