I immensely enjoyed reading your article, “Our Grand Chakra Journey” (HINDUISM TODAY, April/May/June, 2018). I find a stunning similarity between the chakra concept of Hinduism, which was conceived by our sages thousands of years ago, and “Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs,” which was presented by Abraham Maslow much later, in 1943.
Like Vatsala and Prabhakar Joshi, my husband and I never experienced an empty nest syndrome—we’ve been too busy teaching!
From the time we retired we have been actively involved in teaching “The Vedic Heritage Teaching Program” to school kids. The weekends are heavy with classes, and weekdays are spent preparing lessons and activities for the children. Over the last 16 years we have managed to teach hundreds of students. The ages range from 7 to 16 years. Ours is a ten-year program. The students start from level one and progress to level four; many have completed the ten-year syllabus. We have also been involved in training teachers for this program. Six of them have successfully completed training and started classes in their areas.
Our children and grandchildren live away from us and, we keep in contact. We find our retirement days are very fruitful—the service we do is rewarding. Parents and students are very appreciative of this program.
KAMUNTING, PERAK, MALAYSIA
The new Hindu generation considers January 1st as the Hindu New Year. Like many other nations and religions, Hindus do have a New Samvat (New Year). Perhaps the Samvat is the oldest among all the New Years available on earth. The Samvat is ahead of the Christian New Year by 57 years. To appease other religions, the Indian government did not approve the suggestion of the calendar committee, which recommended the Samvat as India’s calendar. Now the Modi government has started talking and celebrating Hindu festivals. For the first time after independence I heard the media say, “Makar Sakranti and Uttarayan.” For the first time the Samvat 2075 will be celebrated officially in many states.
MADAN LAL GUPTA
I have been a subscriber to your print edition for well over 10 years. I find it to be the most well produced and beautiful magazine I have ever read, as well as being the most interesting and informative about the beautiful Santana Dharma. For this reason, I continue to subscribe to your print edition so that I can leave it behind at airports, on planes, trains and cars. This is my small Western way of spreading the way of life that has been of immense value to me in living mine.
ANN YOOST BRECKE
We just arrived home from our journey to India to find the April/May/Jun, 2018 edition of HINDUISM TODAY on my desk with my article, “A Grand Chakra Journey” in it illustrated with my paintings! A very pleasant surprise! It is public now. And it had to pass a lot of tests, where you were the final one. It was truly an honor to work with you.
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