The Magical Mirror of Kuan Yin Pusa

The Magical Mirror of Kuan Yin Pusa

by William Page [Reprinted by permission of the author] Among my father’s papers when he died was an account of a picture he had bought in a Shanghai flea market. This was a framed painting of Kuan Yin Pusa, the Bodhisattva of Compassion, “She who heeds the cries of...

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The Last Letter of Pontius Pilate

The Last Letter of Pontius Pilate

by Steven F. Walker [A Christian legend probably dating back to the third century has it that Pontius Pilate, driven to suicidal desperation by the memories of his role in the crucifixion of Christ, drowned himself in the Rhone River somewhere near the modern city of...

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A Variation on the Cow Killer Story

A Variation on the Cow Killer Story

A Playlet by Bill Davis Narrator: One day some visitors are walking in a garden. First visitor: This is a remarkable garden. Look how delightfully everything is arranged. Second visitor: I especially like the subtle contrasting colors of the blooming flowers. It’s...

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Wag the Dog, Maya and the Dog’s Curly Tail

Film Review and Essay by Steven F. Walker In Jungian psychology it is believed that the reason a recurring dream keeps on coming back over and over again is that the dreamer has not yet succeeded in understanding the message that the dream contains. One might even...

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Swami Vivekananda’s Practical Vedanta

Swami Vivekananda’s Practical Vedanta

by Mangesh Buwa “Shankara left this Advaita philosophy in the hills and forests, while I have come to bring it out of those places and scatter it broadcast before the workaday world and society. The lion-roar of Advaita must resound in every hearth and home, in...

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In Praise of Meditation

by William Page Meditation is an ongoing effort to recondition the mind so that it will always be aware of the presence of God. Before we begin, we have to make the mind a fit place for God to dwell in. We wouldn’t invite a king to visit us if we were living in a...

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Notes of a Devotee

Notes of a Devotee

by James Merryman (Devidas) James Merryman was a long-time devotee of the Vedanta Society of Southern California. The following notes to himself were found in his papers after his death last August. An ardent devotee for some sixty years, he stands out in the memory...

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J. D. Salinger and Vedanta

by Jon and Anna Monday IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT – Here is a link to the first issue of the American Vedantist Newsletter. The entire issue is an article about J.D. Salinger’s life and connection to Vedanta, by Jon and Anna Monday. A new book and film about Salinger has...

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All Yearning is Yearning for God

All Yearning is Yearning for God

by Bill Davis   [From a talk presented at the 27th annual Bengali Studies Conference at The State University of New York/College at Old Westbury, NY in 1994.] Everything I know and believe about spiritual life l owe to two Bengalis: Swami Vivekananda, who brought...

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In Praise of Bhakti

In Praise of Bhakti

Bhakti means one-pointed love for God. It prunes away everything that is not God and focuses on him alone. Bhaktas hold him in the forefront of their minds. Everything else fades into background shadows. Some people pray for long life, good health, riches, fame, power, enjoyment. Bhaktas don’t want any of that. They want God alone.

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