John Schlenck: A Personal Reflection

John Schlenck: A Personal Reflection by Br. Shankara (Gary Kemper) Interim Coordinating Editor, American Vedantist Resident Minister, Vedanta Center of Atlanta John Schlenck was a great devotee of Ramakrishna-Holy Mother-Vivekananda Vedanta, deeply committed to its...

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Christopher Isherwood and Vedanta

Christopher Isherwood and Vedanta

by Anna and Jon Monday Christopher Isherwood is a multifaceted character, each facet with its own fan base. While most popularly known as a celebrated writer, the creator of the source materials for some blockbuster musicals and films, and a vanguard of gay rights...

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The Ras Lila

The Ras Lila

by Russell Atkinson There is a Hindu doctrine that the universe and life are the outcome of a joyful creative spirit at play. Evolution is play and our human life is too. They call it the Ras Lila—divine play. I suppose it must seem, at best, a poetic piece of fantasy...

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God’s Play and the Problem of Evil

God’s Play and the Problem of Evil

by John Schlenck Proponents of the play (Lila) theory of the universe are sometimes accused of not taking evil and suffering seriously enough. In The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna[1],  a young visitor to Ramakrishna[2] protests, “But this play of God is our death.” The...

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Reminiscences of Swami Prabuddhananda

Reminiscences of Swami Prabuddhananda

Swami Prabuddhananda, Minister-in-Charge of the Vedanta Society of Northern California, San Francisco since 1970, passed away on July 2, 2014 at the age of 84. He was born in Karnataka state, India, in 1929, and joined the Ramakrishna Order in his early 20s. Before...

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Tributes to Beatrice Bruteau

Tributes to Beatrice Bruteau

American Vedantist remembers with gratitude the service Beatrice Bruteau rendered as co-editor and contributor from the journal’s inception in 1995 until 2007. Beatrice was one of the most significant spiritual philosophers of our time. She passed away on November 16....

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Mahatma Gandhi and the Bhagavad Gita

Mahatma Gandhi and the Bhagavad Gita

by Uma Majmudar, Ph.D. No other book or scripture influenced Gandhi, shaped his character, and transformed his life as profoundly and permanently as did the Bhagavad Gita. Among the many books he read, “Gita” alone became an unfailing source of strength and solace to...

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Clementine Rigby (1912—2014)

Clementine Rigby (1912—2014)

by Joanne Kilgour Clementine Rigby was with us for 102 years. Her final months were filled with the clear belief that it was time for her to finish her work on earth. She intimated that she prayed unceasingly for Mother Sarada to release her from her earthly coil....

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Vandana (1928-2014)

Vandana (1928-2014)

by Amrita M. Salm Jean Ayars Pohli, known as “Vandana” in Vedanta circles, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 19, 2014. She was a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the only child of Robert and Gertrude Ayars, both of whom were professors at the University of...

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