Christopher Isherwood and Vedanta

by Anna and Jon Monday Christopher Isherwood is a multifaceted character, each facet with its own fan base. While most popularly known as a celebrated writer, the creator of the source materials for some blockbuster musicals and films, and a vanguard of gay rights...

The Ras Lila

by Russell Atkinson There is a Hindu doctrine that the universe and life are the outcome of a joyful creative spirit at play. Evolution is play and our human life is too. They call it the Ras Lila—divine play. I suppose it must seem, at best, a poetic piece of fantasy...

God’s Play and the Problem of Evil

by John Schlenck Proponents of the play (Lila) theory of the universe are sometimes accused of not taking evil and suffering seriously enough. In The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna[1],  a young visitor to Ramakrishna[2] protests, “But this play of God is our death.” The...

Reminiscences of Swami Prabuddhananda

Swami Prabuddhananda, Minister-in-Charge of the Vedanta Society of Northern California, San Francisco since 1970, passed away on July 2, 2014 at the age of 84. He was born in Karnataka state, India, in 1929, and joined the Ramakrishna Order in his early 20s. Before...

Tributes to Beatrice Bruteau

American Vedantist remembers with gratitude the service Beatrice Bruteau rendered as co-editor and contributor from the journal’s inception in 1995 until 2007. Beatrice was one of the most significant spiritual philosophers of our time. She passed away on November 16....

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