KAUAI, HAWAII, September 29, 2022 (Hinduism Today): 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 hinduismtoday.com/get-the-app.

In his Publisher’s Desk, Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami offers three distinct ways to respond to the various crises prevalent in the world today. They are: responding from the heart with compassion, responding from the hands by offering to serve and responding from the soul by harnessing the forces generated by these challenges as a catalyst for spiritual growth.

Our Feature this issue follows the restoration of Patan Durbar square after the powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal in 2015 brought its destruction. The Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust has brought together countless artisans who restored the square’s damaged temples and monuments. Stone carvers, woodworkers, brick layers, metalworkers and an array of helpers of all skill levels have been dutifully giving their time to rebuild this place of inestimable religious, cultural and historical importance.

Our illustrated Insight section highlights eight masterful carnatic composers who illuminated many with their devotion compositions. Dive deep into their stories and music letting them carry you to the same spiritual heights they ascended to through their quintessential bhakti.

In need of some artistic inspiration? Follow travel blogger Anuradha Goyal as she explores nine wonderfully different museums in India. One museum features a 17-acre outdoor site covered with recreations of important temples from around India as well as life size scenes from the Puranas. Another contains as many textiles as you could hope to see in a lifetime while a third is filled with terracotta, stone carvings and tribal paintings. There is truly something for everyone.

Khim Lal Gautam, the Chief Survey Officer at Nepal’s Survey Department, takes us on a thrilling journey up Sagarmatha, commonly known as Mount Everest, to measure the height of the mountain after the earthquake in 2015. Khim ascended the peak with his team at night and set up the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) that would pinpoint the accuracy of the peak. The final measurement from the system was 3 feet higher than before. Wow, and that’s not even the most exciting part! While descending. Khim falls unconscious as he approaches the mountain’s “death zone”.

Every wonder why many people are concerned about animal testing but will still inhale a juicy beef burger on the weekend? A group of researchers from the UK answered this question in their paper, “A Structured Literature Review of the Meat Paradox.” Of course, the paper was written in academiceese so we extracted the “meat” of the paper and outlined it in a way that will hopefully be helpful in your next debate with a meaty.

Youth writer Rutvij Holay recounts his travels to China and encounters with Taoism. In his article he brings to light the similarities between Taoism and Hinduism including the belief in an all pervasive divinity that also exists beyond time, form, and space, the Tao. He concludes with a beautiful metaphor which expounds the Truth underlying all religions.

Hope you are ready to feel hungry, Lavina Melwani talks all about the cornucopious vegetarian options across London, with pictures to accompany, of course. Then, go on a journey with Keshav Fulbrook as he recounts his travels across India to receive his upanayanam, sacred thread initiation, at the Swami Sivananda Ashram in Rishikesh.

The popular Quotes & Quips section is filled with humor, cartoons and sagely sayings; Global Dharma has mini-stories from around the world; and Digital Dharma reviews two potent learning resources for carnatic music: www.indianclassicalmusic.com and www.karnatik.com.

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