With A Lightened Heart — An Invitation
Bumble bee resting in a white rose. Photo by Cyndi Craven
Right now, it’s a good bet that most of us would relish anything that gladdens our hearts and lift our spirits.
And, alas, if the doctors and scientists are right, this probably won’t change any time soon. That being the case, let’s see what we can do to cheer one another up!
One of the lessons that novice writers learn is, “Write what you would like to read.” So, the invitation from here is: Send us something you would like to see or hear in American Vedantist.
It can be something of your own, or any work in an art or craft we can publish in AV.* Have some fun with this, then share your fun with us! Our deadline is Saturday, June 20, the solstice which marks the start of summer in the Northern Hemisphere.
Our hope is that AV#77, our Summer 2020 edition, will offer lots more material in the spirit of the two pieces below — a song by AV’s designer and a poem by your coordinating editor.
May you be healthy and cheerful in this time of dreadful transformation,
*If need be, we’ll help secure reproduction rights.
Where the Starfish Live
by Cyndi Craven
Ma and Pa in Georgia
by Br. Shankara
He’s got the whole world in his hands
W ell, if we needed a reminder that we never know what’s coming at us around the bend, isn’t this it?! As you know, the entire world is struggling to control a major pandemic — the first in more than a century.
Like you, we’re doing our best to keep priorities straight: Staying home, keeping “the distance,” washing our hands, making an effort to flatten the curve.
Perhaps, in these trying circumstances you will have a little extra time to spend with us. We hope our contributors can offer you some moments away from the dreadful transformation unfolding around us — a soupçon of spiritual uplift, calming and sustaining.
May you and everyone you care about be well and in bright spirits,
Here’s what’s in this edition:
Was Vivekananda a Pragmatist?
by Asim Chaudhuri
New Findings about Ramakrishna’s First Disciples
—translated from the French
by Swami Yogeshananda
Recent Meetings with Yogeshanandaji
by Rita Mathew and Bhagirath Majmudar
A Brief History of Vedanta in Brazil
by Luiz Antonio Souto Monteiro
The Legend of Shiwido
by Sofia Puerta
The Vedanta Society of Southern California: Past, Present and Future
by Karl Whitmarsh
Christopher Isherwood and the Monastery, Part 2
by Anna Monday
Vedanta In and Beyond the College Classroom
by Barbara Brown Taylor
The Great Correction
—a song about transformation
by Eliza Gilkyson
by Nilotpal Sanyal, Barefoot Justine and Br. Shankara
The Healing Journey of Vedanta
by Sister Judith Thackray
Girish, the Divine Drunkard
—a thought experiment
by Bill Davis
A Mountain Sutra
by Bill Page
The Mighty Metaphor
—a hologram in prose and verse
by Russell Atkinson
Yoga for Sale
—putting the postures in their place
by Uma Majmudar
Letter to John Doe
—a crash course
by Br. Shankara