Swami Satchidananda, founder of the Swami’s Group, a spiritual organisation, says he has no Hindu religion.
He says he’s been invited to a “spiritual function” by a Hindu couple, and that they are offering him a special gift.
He also says he “does not subscribe to any religion”.
“No, God is not my teacher or Guru.
But I don’t want to take any sides on anything.
I’m here to do what I do, and if you have any question about that, go ahead and ask me,” he said.
Swami Kripalani is one of the founders of the global organisation that aims to create a “humanitarian Hinduism” by encouraging non-religious people to find spiritual and non-political ways of life.
Swamiji Kripali, founder Swami Bhaktivedanta Swami Sriram Kripale, Swami Vivekananda’s grandson, has called him “a man of great compassion” and said he “deserves the Nobel Prize”.
The former Indian Army chief and Nobel laureate is a renowned spiritual leader.
Swamy was the first Indian politician to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
He is also the founder of Swamish Samaj, a group of organisations in the US and India which has been campaigning to bring more non-violence and nonhierarchical political institutions to the country.
In a separate interview, Swamy said he was in touch with former US president Barack Obama, and said the two leaders had agreed to form an international “coalition to fight poverty”.
He also said he had offered to meet Mr Obama and his wife.