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Mindfulness is a much-overused word these days, so much so it can have fuzzy meanings in the public understanding. Our publisher, Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, addresses the issue in his editorial, bringing clarity. He gives the original spiritual definition of the concept, drawing on the Yoga Sutras.
Water is so ubiquitous we seldom reflect on its life-giving powers, or its magical properties. It is unlike any other element. Its centrality in Hindu ritual is well-known, but this issue’s article unpacks many of the reasons that it holds a sacred place in Hindu life. Find out how science is just now discovering this amazing substance.
Partition is a painful part of India’s history, and we regard it as just that, history. But Lavina Melwani takes us inside the world of Sindhi refugees in Jodpur and Bhopal, revealing that the effects of the largest migration of humans ever is still having on life in Pakistan and India.
India may well be the handicraft epicenter on the planet, and the Dilli Haat Exhibition in New Delhi is the heart of India’s mastery of making things both useful and entertaining. Come with us as Dimple Kaul explores the vast offerings and artistry of this event.
We are all familiar with the six traditional forms of Vedanta, but did you know that a seventh has recently been embraced? Swami Paramtattvadas takes us on a philosophical journey, mapping the ideas of Swaminarayan Vedanta. The 16-page Educational Insight is a romp through the basic similarities and differences of the Vedanta schools, and tells the story of how this came into public view only recently.
Three powerful opinion pieces are found in this issue, one on the sad tale of the commodification of yoga in India, the second by Vamadeva Shastri on the promising state of Hindu leadership in India of late and a no-holds-barred “what Hindus face today” commentary from Swami Paramatmananda Saraswati.
There is more, of course, including our Hindu of the Year awardee, a health tip on colds and flu from ayurveda, the popular Quotes & Quips section with humor, cartoons and pithy sayings, Global Dharma with mini-stories from around the world and Digital Dharma. It’s a rich issue, with something for everyone.