Hindus and Christians have entered into dialogue in a variety of ways. In the last issue of the Bulletin, C. Murray Rogers spoke of his own move to India more than a half century ago and becoming friends with Hindus, Buddhists, and Muslims. In the same issue Shesagiri Rao recounts how "under the influence of Mahatma Gandhi, a number of students ... took to the study of the Bible and the Gita." For myself, though I had Raimundo Panikkar as a teacher at Harvard Divinity School in 1966-67, it was meeting Hindus at international interfaith conferences in the 1970s and early 1980s that awakened my interest in dialogue with the Hindu world. Decisive, however, was a sabbatical in India in 1986-87 which allowed me the opportunity to spend time in a number of Hindu communities. Especially important was my time at jaisingh Ghera in Vrindaban, the ashram of the Goswami family, descendants of one of the six Goswamis that Caitanya had sent to Vrindaban to revive Krishna devotion in the fifteen century. I had met Shrivatsa Goswami earlier, but the time in Vrindaban with my family allowed me to come to know him and his tradition in more depth.

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