KAUAI, HAWAII, January 1, 2022:

Hinduism Today’s latest issue has gone to press and is now available online free of charge at www.hinduismtoday.com. You can also download our free Hinduism Today app and get the entire magazine in a mobile-friendly format for your device at http://www.hinduismtoday.com/get-the-app/.

The subtitle of Publisher’s Desk by Satguru Bodhinatha Vey­lanswami says it all: “The Upanishads are clear, man is not man, man is God. But actually encountering that amazing reality takes work.” He goes on to describe finding God in the temple, seeking Divinity within oneself and seeing God everywhere. Our scriptural excerpt from the Chandogya Upanishad expands upon the same theme, “The Self is all this world.”

This issue’s feature story is “Mauritius Youth Reflect On Hinduism,” and is the third in our intermittent series on youth. We began with India in the January, 2019, then Nepal’s youth in the April, 2021, issue. Even though all based on the same set of questions plus personal interviews, the results are much different for each country. The youth of Mauritius in particular have a fond engagement with religion.

Our insight section this issue is the republication of “14 Questions People Ask About Hinduism,” one of our most popular articles ever. We run it again every decade or so, tweaking and improving it a bit each time. Among our shorter stories, several stand out. First is the one reference on the cover, temple management in the Agamas. This has been a contentious issue in India where temples in all states are managed by the state government, and not always very well. In her book on temple management, Dr. Deep Duraiswamy explains how the principles laid down in the Agamic scriptures can inform and guide the governing of temples today. Then there is the marvelous resource produced by the Malaysia Hindu Sangam called “Hindu Religion, Common Faith and Practices” which does an excellent job presenting the beliefs and customs common to all Hindu sects. It is intended teaching in schools and temple classes. We have two contributions from our Young Writers’ program this issue, one on the celebration of Ganesha Chaturthi in California and the other on gender stereotypes in Hinduism. There’s an article on the 1995 attacks by Christian evangelist Pat Robertson on Hinduism and the adroit rejoinder by the late Ram Swarup, an influential Hindu intellectual. In the first of two articles, Ayurvedic doctor Virender Sodhi, offers strategies to avoid diabetes. Our usual Global Dharma, Quotes and Quips, In My Opinion sections all present entertaining snippets from the Hindu world. The Digital Dharma page is on the very informative Shivoham YouTube channel.