Hinduism Today Young Writers Group

Yesterday Acharya Arumuganathaswami held a zoom meeting with part of our Hinduism Today Young Writers group. We discussed their planned articles for the coming issues. Mugdha, upper left, is a 6th grader in Cupertino, California, and has written a piece on “ethnic dress” day in school. It’s an annual affair where kids who want to dress up in the style of their particular ethnic group—sari for her, kurta shirt for her little brother. She talks about how the other kids react, what it means to each who participate and more. The story should be in the next issue of Hinduism Today (October/November/December). Rutvij’s has already provided two stories to the magazine, one in the April issue, one in July (at the press as we speak) and is working on a new piece about the treatment of Hinduism in popular media, such as TV shows and movies. Gunap, lower left, has been learning the thrice-daily worship practice of sandyaa vandanam from his father during the pandemic and is going to tell what it means to him. Aditya Muthiah, lower right, is scheduled to review the popular Raji video game set in India’s past. Sanjeevani, middle right, has also had stories in the April and July issues and is working next on both a poll of Hindu kids on issues impacting them and on the activities of various Indian cultural groups in the San Francisco Bay Area. It was a very productive hour-long meeting and you can look forward to seeing their articles shortly. They all get out of school the first week of June and will begin work in earnest.

Recent Mauritius Youth Webinar

Aum Namah Sivaya

Several of the recent articles in Hinduism Today have been related to the current outlook of Hindu youth in different countries. One of Hinduism Today’s correspondence in Mauritius, Savita Tiwari, is in the process of creating such a piece, focused on Mauritius. A few days ago she set up a short webinar titled “Celebrating Hinduism,” attended by Mauritian youth and one of our monastics. You can view the video here:

New Hinduism Today Website!

Jai Ganesha!

After a year a gradual development, our Hinduism Today website has been rebuilt!

See: https://www.hinduismtoday.com/

The new website has a more pleasant look and feel and should make it easier to find the content you're looking for. This update wasn't just about looks though, 80% or so of the development was about the parts of the sight that no one sees. These included transferring and rebuilding the database and switching to a new content management system, allowing editors to more easily add and adjust content. The site is still being improved "slow by slow" as the Hawaiians would say. Past articles must be hand-checked for errors and imbued with their many images. But regardless, you can still enjoy a very searchable and clean interface as you peruse through Hinduism Today's treasure trove of content. Aum.

Essential Ingredients for a Powerful Puja

Satguru's video presentation of his latest Publishers Desk editorial from Hinduism Today Magazine's April/May/June 2021 issue. Here Satguru discusses the mystical elements and knowledge behind Hinduism’s major form of temple worship

Hinduism Today’s Latest Issue

Jai Ganasha!

Hinduism Today's latest issue has gone to press and is now available online. You can also download our free Hinduism Today app and get the entire magazine in a mobile-friendly format for your device at bit.ly/HT-APP.

For easy access, here is this issue's table of contents:

In My Opinion: "What's Your Real Name?"
Reflections on the cultural, religious and social importance found within our moniker
Essential Ingredients for a Powerful Puja
Pondering the mystical elements and knowledge behind Hinduism's major form of temple worship
Global Dharma
Quotes & Quips
From the Upanishads: At Life's End
Vedic elucidations on the natural transition from human life
Surveys: Nepal Youth Speak Out
Meet a generation balancing the nation's religious and cultural heritage with the impact of modern philosophies and issues
Hindu Heroes: Sewa Tackles the Covid-19 Crisis
Teams from BAPS, HSS and Chinmaya Mission join Sewa International on the front lines to help the most vulnerable during the continuing pandemic
Editorial: Rice with Spice Is Twice as Nice
The fascinating biography and "i didn't know that" facts of the unpretentious grain that feeds half the world
Insight: Raising Children As Good Hindus
Parents Are the First Gurus in Religion, Culture and Character
Dharma: Gita Press Runs into Its Next Century
The venerable religious press has printed more than 700 million books and pamphlets, including 141 million copies of the Bhagavad Gita
Next Generation: A Forum for Budding Hindu Authors
Four stories from Hinduism Today's intern writing program bode well for the future of Hindu journalism
Sadhana: A Daily Regimen of Hindu Practices
Advice for establishing a regular routine of spiritual practice leading to a more fulfilling inner life and a more effective outer life
Spices: The Wonders of Coriander
For at least four thousand years, this versatile herb has enlivened the dishes and drinks of cuisines across the world
Digital Dharma

Our Daily Modes of Consciousness

Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami presents his January/February/March, 2021, Publisher's Desk Editorial from Hinduism Today Magazine. "Ancient texts teach us a way to comprehend the mysteries of mind, describing four fundamental states of consciousness."

Is the Future a Work-from-Home World?

Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami presents his October/November/December, 2020, Publisher's Desk Editorial from Hinduism Today Magazine. "A new lifestyle has been thrust upon the world by a tiny virus. How we respond to it will redefine our families and households."

New Music Video: India’s Fight for Freedom

"India's Fight for Freedom" is the twelfth song in Hinduism Today's History of Hindu India Music Video series. It is a song for children intended to complement the fourth of our popular History of Hindu India documentaries, "Hindu India: 1850 to 1947." The documentaries and songs neatly supplement the study of India and the Hindu religion in American middle schools. This video covers the long fight for freedom, both the non-violent movement led by Gandhi and the militant approach of Bose and others.

Produced by Hinduism Today
Music and Video: Aks and Lakshmi (http://www.youtube.com/EclipseNirvana)
Lyrics: Dragan Stojkovski
Subtitles: Igro Burenkov

Complete History Series Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list...

Hinduism Today in Russian

Jai Ganesha! We've recently received the latest Russian-language edition of Hinduism Today Magazine. This is the April/May/June, 2020, issue, fully translated and laid out in Cyrillic script. A big thanks to Dinanatha and his inspired team! You can download the full PDF from the Hinduism Today Website.

The Latest from Hinduism Today

Happy young students at the Art of Living’s Veda Agama Patashala in Bengaluru
Hinduism Today's July/August/September Issue Cover
Insight section on how Ayurveda is adapting to modern times and diseases
Hinduism Today’s July/August/September, 2020 issue, has gone to press and, as of July 1st, will be available online free of charge at www.hinduismtoday.com. You can also download our free Hinduism Today app and get the entire magazine in a mobile-friendly format for your device.

Health is on the mind of nearly everyone these days. There is even a new greeting in the COVID-19 era, “Namastay healthy and safe.” We didn’t plan it this way, but the article in this issue on the healing science of ayurveda takes on special meaning.

Our publisher, Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, explores another sensitive topic, discussing whether parents of the future will cease sharing their religion with kids. No kidding, it’s a real conversation out there, with young parents asking, “Do we have the right to expect children to follow our faith? Shouldn’t we let them find their own path?”

Music is a potent force in the world, and India excels in both sophisticated Carnatic music devotional songs and energetic Bollywood lyrics loved around the globe. Join us for the Chennai Music Festival showcasing India’s traditions.

Come with our writer Anuradha Goyal as she visits the newly built and instantly popular Sivapoomi Palace in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. It is a granite tribute to the masterful and sacred Tamil-language works of Saint Manikkavasagar.

Ah, India! How to describe her? We teamed up an aerial photographer and one of India’s greatest travel bloggers to give it a try. The author’s love of Bharat Mata is revealed in a poem to India and her unique gifts, to which we added stunning photography from high above.

Our charming feature story by Choodie Shivaram highlights the priest training school located on the campus of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s Art of Living Ashram in Karnataka state. Boys ten to eighteen are being schooled in the sacred temple arts as they prepare to serve God and Gods in Hindu temples now spread throughout the world.

“The Magical Realm of Our Sleep” deals with one of the most rapidly evolving sciences in medicine. Panshula Ganeshan brings in a wide range of voices from ayurveda, Harvard medical experts, epigeneticists and satgurus, giving a rich and rare picture of the nature and purpose (and, yes, the mysteries) of sleep.

There is more, of course, with something for everyone.

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