January/February/March 2019 Kindle
The giant, 8-foot-tall stone Siva Lingam of Ranbireshwar Temple in Jammu graces the cover of our January/February/March 2019 issue. At the invitation of Dr. Karan Singh, son of the last Maharaja of Kashmir and friend of Gurudeva Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, our correspondent and photographer spent a week in the famed city of temples, many of them built by Dr. Singh’s royal ancestors.
And speaking of legacies, this issue marks the beginning of our 40th year of publication. Yes, Gurudeva launched Hinduism Today in 1979 and Bodhinatha and the monks have without fail seen it published on schedule ever since.
In his Publisher’s Desk, Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami gives practical advice on “How to separate your awareness from what you are aware of and enjoy a part of your mind that is always peaceful and all-pervasive,” starting with the great mystical question, “Who am I?” and explaining how to move awareness from one area of consciousness to another at will.
For our feature, we turned to Palak Malik, daughter of our Delhi correspondent, Rajiv Malik. We asked her to survey the attitudes of India’s youth with regard to religion. Starting with an on-line survey (how else?), she detailed the state of thinking about religion of a group of volunteer young men and women. It was by no means a random survey, and consisted of urban, educated youngsters articulate in their answers and willing to put their name and photos beside their views. The survey was followed up with a lengthy phone call to suss out the details of their thinking. The result is an insightful ten-page article profiling eight young men and women grappling with their innermost beliefs in the midst of India’s modern revolution of thought and activities.
Our Insight section this issue is a 16-page exploration of South India’s bhakti saints. First are the 12 Vaishnava Alvars, including Andal and Nammalvar, who wrote of his beloved Lord Krishna, “Great one, wondrous one, you are in all things, as butter lies hidden in fresh milk; you stand in all things and yet transcend them. Where can I see you?” The Insight includes articles on the Saiva Nalvars, the amazing women saints Karaikkal Ammaiyar and Akka Mahadevi, Basavanna of the Virasaiva movement, and Poonthanam of Kerala, who sang, “May the guru bless us to have the holy names of God on the tip of our tongue forever, and to chant those auspicious names always, so as to make this human life meaningful.” Indian artist Banni Sekhon painted seven canvases depicting the lives of these noble souls.
Find out in this issue how Hawaii and Goa recently became sister states, about the World Hindu Congress held in September in Chicago, whether humans are natural herbivores, the sacred groves of Kerala and lastly, about our news app, HAMSA, gateway to the thousands of pieces of art we’ve commissioned and collected over the decades.
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