Perhaps you noticed we haven’t been heard from in awhile. Two editions were missed: Fall-Winter 2018-19 and Spring 2019. The reason is as simple and as complicated as this: We had a breakdown. Yet, as a wise old grandfather used to tell us kids, “Never complain, never explain.” So, none of that.
What follows is an abbreviated Summer 2019 issue — American Vedantist #75. Mother willing, our plan is to publish a complete Fall 2019 edition (AV#76) in November.
Some of you may recall last summer’s announcement of the Swahananda Prizes for Short Story Contest (AV#74). We are unhappy to report this contest was not a success — neither with our own readership nor the wider literary world. Two worthy stories were submitted (regular readers will recognize the contributors); they are published in this issue.
Also included are a brief introduction to Swami Satymayananda, who joined the Vedanta Society of Southern California last December; an essay by Asim Chaudhuri on Transcendentalism and Vivekananda; book reviews of “See God with Open Eyes” by Swami Chetanananda, and “Holy Envy” by Barbara Brown Taylor; two poems; an invitation to help amend Wikipedia articles about Sri Ramakrishna and related subjects; two auspicious announcements: the 2nd edition of Swami Aseshananda Reminiscences, and the possibility of an intentional spiritual community for retired Vedantists; and a recollection of our late friend, Cliff “Bhuma” Johnson.
May you all be well and in bright spirits,
Br. Shankara, Coordinating Editor
Swami Vivekananda and American Transcendentalism: A Brief Review
by Asim Chaudhuri
By Name Alone
by Dharmadas (Jon Monday)
When Buddha Came to Pattaya
by William Page
Mourning in a Rose Garden
by Anna Monday
Song and dance
by Russell Atkinson
Wikipedia: Great Resource, with Some Flaws and Gaps
by Jon Monday
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