48 Anand Nayak INDIAN GURUS AND BISHOPS IN EUROPE Some Missiological Considerations Among the Indian travellers coming to Europe, particularly two types of people stand out: the gurus and the bishops. The gurus come here mostly on invitations from groups of Europeans interested in the - Hindu spirituality and its practice. They are also invited, but rarely, by the Indian Hindus settled in the West. The bishops on the contrary come almost uninvited. Making use of an ad limina visit, they extend their tour to several European countries. But what is very striking is that the gurus travel with a heavy spiritual baggage, whereas the bishops go about empty-handed, with no spiritual message whatsoever to give to the Europeans. This comparison, however strange it might seem, gives rise to several missiological considerations. It is to be noted in the first place that neither the gurus nor the bishops usually travel to the poorer , countries of the world. Their coming to Europe is evidently linked with financial interests, that is, fund-raising for all sorts of projects in India. In the case of the bishops, this motivation takes enormous proportions. For, after respects paid to the Pope, they go
Mission Studies – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1990
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