2017 Winter-Spring: Transitions

Issue 71 Transition: When the In-Charge Passes — A meditation by Swami Yogeshananda Swami Vivekananda and Adhikarawada — An explanation by Mangesh Buwa Pray, Let Us Play — An invitation by Anna Monday Old Age and the Grumpy Old Man Syndrome — Advice from William Page...

2016 Winter-Spring: Remembering John Schlenck

Issue 70 For 55 years, John Schlenck lived in monasteries led by monks of the Ramakrishna Order of India — more than 53 years at the Vedanta Society of New York and nearly two years at the Vedanta Center of Atlanta. Born in Indianapolis, Indiana on March 9, 1936, John...

2014-2015 Fall-Winter: Spiritual Life in Context

Issue 69 Religion and spirituality are more easily understood in the context of lives that have been lived. Even lives that are less than perfect can shed light and give helpful hints for the spiritual journey. In this issue we share accounts and reminiscences of...

2014 Spring-Summer: Spirituality in Poetry and Fiction

Issue 68 From ancient times, spiritual culture has been largely transmitted through poetry and storytelling. Didactic religious prose didn’t even arise until the Axial Age, c. 900—300 B.C.E. And even then poetry and storytelling continued to be important vehicles for...

2014 Winter: Approaches to the Divine

Issue 67 This issue of American Vedantist explores some of the paths that spiritual aspirants have trod in quest of fulfilment. Jon and Anna Monday show how J.D. Salinger’s connection to Vedanta was little known prior to a recent biography that highlights the...

2013 Spring-Summer-Fall: Celebrating the Yogas

The Sanskrit word yoga means both union with the divine and the means to attain that union. Over the millennia, many kinds of spiritual discipline evolved and were called yogas. Swami Vivekananda codified these numerous paths and practices under four headings, corresponding to basic personality types: for the emotional, Bhakti-Yoga, the Yoga of Devotion; for the active, Karma-Yoga, the Yoga of Unselfish Work; for the intellectual, Jnana-Yoga, the Yoga of Discriminating Knowledge; and for the meditative, Raja-Yoga, the Yoga of Mind-Control. In this issue of American Vedantist, we highlight each of these approaches in turn.

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