Born in 1941 in Switzerland; Matura (General Qualification for University Entrance) in Sarnen (1963); Novitiate; studies in Philosophy and Theology at St. Gabriel in Mödling near Vienna (1963–70); ordained as a Priest in the Society of the Divine Word (1970). Further studies: Guest auditor in Indology, University of Vienna (1967–68); M.A. in Religious Studies, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium (1973); Sanskrit Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London (1973–74); PhD Studies at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India (1975–78), PhD in Indian Philosophy (1978). Academic activities: Lecturer at seminaries and universities in India; research on current understanding of Hinduism (1979–1986, 1994, 2000 and 2010); Member of the Editorial Board of Anthropos (since 1986), Review-Editor (1988–1993), Editor-in Chief (1994–2008); Reader in Religious Studies (1987–1998) and Professor (1998–2009) in Religious Studies at the Philosophisch-Theologische Hochschule SVD in Sankt Augustin, Germany. Research interests: Hinduism, Kalamkari art, Sikhism, and the encounter between cultures and religions.