These are the contents of our print magazine issues with links to the articles available on this website. Older issues (Volume 15, No. 4 - Winter 2010 and earlier) are available as downloadable PDF files in our Archives page.

2016 Winter-Spring: Remembering John Schlenck

John M. 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 left the body at age 78 […]

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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 struggling aspirants and illumined souls. Christopher Isherwood and Vedanta by […]

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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 communicating spiritual ideas. They engage the imagination and express truths that are often inaccessible to […]

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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 relationship between his well-known life as a famous writer and his hidden life […]

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2013 Spring-Summer-Fall: Celebrating the Yogas

American Vedantist Issue 66

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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2012-2013 Fall-Winter: Swami Vivekananda 150th Birth Anniversary

American Vedantists owe an unpayable debt of gratitude to Swami Vivekananda. If he had not come to the United States, our lives would be entirely different and far poorer. The message he taught and the life he lived have given immeasurable meaning and purpose to our lives. But the debt owed to Vivekananda is far greater than that of his individual followers or any individual country.

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2012 Summer: Ramakrishna’s World View

American Vedantist - Issue 64

Ramakrishna, the Personal God, and the Problem of Suffering | Keeping Our Eyes on the Ball | Durga Puja | Vedanta for Agnostics | Freedom | Review: Remembering Ramakrishna: His Words | Announcing an Integral Vedanta Publication

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2012 Winter-Spring: New Directions


Ritual and Communal Worship | Vedanta Group Worship Service: An Experiment | Ramakrishna’s Realization and Integral Vedanta | Appreciating the Significance of the Opening of the Bhagavad Gita | Two Poems for Mother | Surrender | Mahendra Nath Gupta | Vedantists Meet Again in New Mexico

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2011 Summer-Fall: Three Pioneers


Three Pioneers; An Answer to Our Question; Reminiscences of Swami Ramakrishnananda: Teachings of Swami Ramakrishnananda; Nivedita Go Bragh; Glimpses of Sara Bull; Beethoven, Vivekananda, and the Heroic Struggle; Hope for Householders; Ramakrishna’s Highest Realization; Notes of a Bhagavad Gita Class…

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2010 Winter – 2011 Spring

Naren Meets Sri Ramakrishna at Dakshineswar; How monastic disciples received assurance of Sri Ramakrishna’s living presence after his death; Chaitanya’s Prayer: A Perfect Primer (Part 2 of 2); Ramakrishna, Be My Friend (song); Swami Amohananda passes away at age 99; Christopher Isherwood The Sixties Diaries, Vol. II 1960-1969 …

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