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the Life of India (2-97) . She writes, "My
the features the world will get to see, rather than the fundamental- itual awakening simple enough to be understood by anyone, edu-
ism or rigidity e~oused by a few." cated, uneducated, adult, children, men, women, rich or poor,
vision for the future of llinduism includes white, black or brown. Today we need a uniting en~rgy and guid-
a better place for the Hindu woman. In the
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Vedas, women are respected for what they
are in their own right; for example, Gargi,
Lopamudra and Maitreyi. In today's soci-
Prabha' Prabhakar Bhardwaj is a free-lance
journalist living with her husband in
ance to bring together all Hindus. Politics is not the answer. It is
more harmful to give the shade of religion to politics, for it divides
Ke~ya. She grew up in JanlffiU, North India. • people and wnlps up violence. Fanaticism is harmful in
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women have made, they are still looked
upon as adjuncts, oruy as somebody's wife,
mother or sister, but not for their own ca-
ried, * 6 years later earned a Bacpelors De-
gree in Journalism in Hyderabad, then
moved to Kenya to teach journalism at
Nairobi University. She sp~cializes in envi-
world leadership is necessary. Hinduism is perhaps the worlds
oldest religion. If there is unity among those who live according to
dharma, it may be possible to unite the world.'<fhe younger gener-
ation is looking for meaning in their life. The world has become
pabilities and talents. Of course, all those ronment and gender issues and has pub- very materialistic, vengeful and war torn. Sanatana Dharma can
Intuitive and compassionate, ladies are among relations are important, but a woman's own lished many books, among them, Body and change the f ituation. Dharma is common to all. HINDUISM TODAY is
worth and talents need to be respected, Mind, Women and Environment, translated into Spanish, French bringing out the truth, and in easy words explaining how to adhere
the fine~t
visionaries. .. and best journalists nurtured and cultivated, with enc.!?urage- and English. Prabha was a key member in writing two environ- to dharma. From Nepal to Kanyakumari there are many sects of
ment from their fathers, husbands and, mental action plans, one f0r the Kenyan government and one for Hindu religion. HINDUISM TODAY is bringing them closer together.
later, sons. I strongly feel that Hinduism, if the UN. Her contributions to HINDUISM 'TODAY include: Kenya The most important aspe6t of education is character building. HIN-
BY SATGURU ' SIVAYA SUBRAMUNIYASWAMI rightly understood, has never been just a Temple Moves (9-94), Kenya's Hindu Kids (9-94), Kashmir Pandits DUISM TODAY can help parents to educate their children."
blind faith, but a rich, variegated source of ' (11-94), Hindus Return to Uganda (12-94), The Ganeslia Milk
MIGHT SAY THE THIRD OF THE A-B-C'S OF GOOD such fascinating, appealing sciences, like jnana TlWrga and bhakti Miracle (12-95), Hindus in West Africa and Dressing for Heaven Choodie Shivaram, a journalist for 15 years,
is choosing insightful journalists. This month, TlWrga. In the truest, literal sense of the word Dha1"1lW, which sig- b-97). In her vision, Prabha Prabhakar is deeply concerned for with a B.A. and a full law degree, resides
take great pleasure in introducing to you a remarkable nifies 'moral sustenance,' Hinduism has all the potential and power the future of Hinduism: "I have seen five generations in my own in Bangalore with her husband and two
of seven ladies who are guiding, through their contri- to save humanity. I worked in different fields, took college courses family, from my grandparents to my grand-daughter, and children. She was a popular journalist in /
to this magazine, the course of Hinduism in the in many diverse subjects, but found that no matter what I did, I Hinduism is successively getting more diluted with each genera- Bangalore before leaving her full-time work
modern world. That might seem overstated, but think about it. came back to writing. I just pray to God to give me strength and tion. HINDUISM TODAY has the capability to attract the younger to raise her children. Her more than 20
Their in-depth insights into problems and farsighted suggestions long life so I can do something significant for my work and my generation in a very pragmatic and rational manner I plan to articles in HINDUISM TODAY since 1995
for solutions have made HINDUISM family so I can make a difference and leave a mark." reacB. out to the Hindu youth of today and future generations scat- include Pandit Haripr~sad Chaurasia (10-
TODAY a vital part of the Hindu tered arOlmd the world by coming down to their level. I am ree 95) , Crafts by Women (1-96), Kerala's Ma-
home. The visionary nature and Shikha Malaviya is a freelance writer with a searching Hindu rituals from birth to death for a book on that triachy (2-96), Ganesha Factory (3-96), a
inherent sensitivity of women, B.A. in mass communications and English subject to attract the young to our traditional religion. There Tobaccoless Village (3-96), Tirupati's Priests (6-96),
after all, far supercedes that of creative writing. Formerly a Worldviews should also be emphasis on caring for elders so that they are not Madhavacharya's Birthplace (11-96), Joint Families at Risk (1-97),
men. Men explain and women editor for the Minnesota Daily, editor of The neglected in their late years, an unfortunate modern trend." India's Beauty Contest (3-97), a Saint's Self-Willed Death (9-97).
teach. Men preach and women Hindu Mandir Patrika, and Baathcheet Choodie's vision statement: "My involvement with HINDUISM TODAY
nurture. We call our entire group Indo/American journal, she is now pursuing V:G. Julie Rajan, a medical editor, part-time opened my eyes to the real side of Hinduism. Besides the content
of journalists the renaissance an M.A in liberal studies with an emphasis grad student, and freelance writel'living of the magazine, during the course of penning articles, I was com-
team, as they monitor and guide on literature by Indian women. She lives in with her husband in Philadelphia, seeks to pelled tb refer 'to a number of books oq varied subjects on Hindu
the global, eternal renaissance of Minnesota with her husband and daughter. uplift the status of women and minorities. philosophy. I was forced to speak to a number of traditional and
the world's oldest faith. Seven Among her HINDUISM TODAY contributions: She was born in Madurai, Tamil Nadu. She modern scholars. I was awe struck by Hinduisms profundity. I feel
women journalists (pictured be- Mixed Marriages (2-94), Wife Abuse (6-94), \yomen: Home or is currently writing and seeking a publisher sad to think of how I squandered an important P¥'t of my early
low) have been with us for many years, and we invite more to join Career? (9-95), Tantra: Feminizing Divinity (11-95) and A Color- for a book entitled, Studying Evolution of life in ignorance. I realize that a whole lifetime is not sufficient to
their midst. Of course, there are other women who have been and fully Crafted Fair (6-97). Shikha summarizes he( vision: IJindu FeTlWle. Her ambitious HT .stories understand the beauty that is Hinduism. We had an~ have great
will continue to be ihstrumental in the Hindu renaissance in vari- "HINDUISM TODAY is a vehicle in forging the traditional with the include Pat Robertson's denouncement of scholars who have written brilliantly about the religion and com-
ous capacities. In our universe theYJ'include Kirin Bede, prison modern iri respect to Hinduism. It is my hope that HINDUISM To- Hinduism as dE?monic (7-95), Prenatal Sex mented copiously on innumerable scriptures. My windows of per-
reformist and author; Madhu Kishwar, editor of Manushi maga- DAY will continue its groundbreaking work and give others like DeteFmination in India (4-96), Puja in Washington (96-12), Books ception and understanding of the religion have just started
zine; Anita Raj, journalist, dancer and model; Brahmacharirti Maya myself the opportunity to create a greater dialogue for such a rich about ~ndu Women (1-97) and Dissolving Boundaries (8-97) fUld unfolding. Today I am extremely proud of being a Hindu, arid this
Tiwari, writing on sadhana, health and women's issues, and many and diverse religion.:' this month's Alternative Healing. Julies vision: 'J\s a writer, I pride comes not by vanity or by virtue of my birth as a Hindu, but
others. To anyone we have neglected, pardon us for not mentioliling would like to encourage Hindus to return to and appreciate Hin- I by the better understanding of the religion and its greatness. With
you, but you know who you are and how dearly you hold the vi- -Lavina Melwani, who is from New Delhi, duism in its most pure form, one of tolerance and love, untainted me, my family has come under the influence of the true essence
sion of Hindu Dharma. We honor you and tQ-.e many more who writes for publications in the US, India, by schisms of caste and sect. Second, I -hope to better the lives of of the religion., and now I am content that J will not fail in my duty,
will volunteer their efforts in the future. Here is some background and the Far East. Her family is originally women and the minorities, in an attempt to encourage the view of exposing my chilc!ren to a. better understanding of the religion."
on HINDUISM TODAY'S visionary women journalists and some from Sindh. She resides in New York with.: that we are all one under God, regardless of gender, creed and
thoughts from them that I think will inspire you. her husband and two children. Lavina is socio-economic status. Thirdly, I hope to encourage Westerners to Interestingly enough, while I was working on this column on a
active in Children's Hope, a charity to as- respect the beauty and practicaliJ:y of Hindu spiritualism and to Macintosh Powerbook, two ladies of vision who live on our island
Freel~ce journalist Archana Dongre lives sist childreh in India. Her sensitive touch
with her J.iusband, a computer engineer, in features social issues and the arts, includ- .
put to rest historical stereotypical bias." . of Kaua! came and sat with me and two swamis at our editing
session near the ocean amidst coconut palms. They are Marilyn
Los Angeles. She has been in the US since ing New York Loves Ganesha (11-93) , Anandhi Ramachandran is a senior dance Wong and Barbara Curl, local participants in a national organiza-
the early 1970s. Born in Pune, Maharash- . Mixed Marriages (3-94) , Afghanistan Hin- ' instructor at Kalakshetra Academy of Arts tion called the Women of Vision, having just finished organizing a
tra, schooled in Mumbai and Nagpur, lin- dus (6-94), Famous Vegetarians (1-95) , The Grand Dame of in Chennai and a free-lance journalist. Her major conference on our island where 120 women leaders came to
guistically gifted, she excelled in all other Kathak (3-95), Women Film Directors (2-95) , The Veggie Revolu- most recerh article in HINDUISM TODAY was inspire their sisters to teach a spiritual approach to life and collab-
languages and sciences. She earned a de- tion (12-95) , the UN aUer 50 years (2-96), Sky Is Not the Limit (4- the feature on Ramana Maharshi in March, orate for the benefit of all humanity, including the men! We
gree in e'd.ucation and an M.A. in Sanskrit 97), 35mm Mega-Memoir (12-97) and Hear Krishna's Flute 1997· Of her'vision of the future, she shares, shared with Marilyn and Barbara this page, knowing they would
language and literature. Excelling at broad (11-97) . In sharing her vislbn, Lavina tells us, "I have always loved "Hinduism is complete in these two words, take strength from the strength of our Hindu women's team. They
research pieces, her latest articles In HIN- the way Hinduism allows one to have a close, one-on-one relation- Amrittam gaTlWya, meaning, 'Take me to- did and said they would read it at their gatherings. Was our meet-
DUISM TODAY include Adopting Indian Children (4-94), Tribal Art ship with a very personal God. It is a very loving, elastic and all- wards a deathless fate.' The most impfessive ing with these high-minded ladies an accident or a divine coinci-
(2-95), Theosophy (6-95), Home, Sweet Europe (9-95), ISKCON's embracing religion, and I hope in the years to come these will be feature of Hinduism is that it has made spir- dence? Or was it, perhaps, women's intuition?


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AyurvedB: Choic~st
The Limits of ToleranceP books there is legislation which protects
I ENJOY READING YOUR PUBLISHER'S DESK. ed right after the British annexed Orrisa. Mr. Christianity and provides legal muscle to
Elich is very thought provoking and full of Kedarnath Dutt, administrator for the suppress non-Christian religious groups. The
wisdom. Your last one on "Forgi~ing Others British, heavily criticized the maths of Or- Maha Sabha again has adopted a Civil Lib-
Is Good for Your Health" [PUBLISHER'S DESK, risa in 1860, and in 1868 an ad hoc commit- ~rtarian stance on this matter, advocating
November, '971 is very impordmt when ?~O­ that the laws not only accommodate the

H'e alth-Care Choice

tee was appOinted to review their affairs." I
pIe are so angry and intolerant. Our traditlOn agree with .e verything he says except the rights of Hindus but also that of Muslims,.
has taught us to be v~ry tolerant. Sometimes portrayal of Mr. Kedarnath Dutt as an ad- Baptists and other faiths. The' magnanimity
I wonder if we should have som;e limits or ministrator for the British. Mr. Kedarnath of Hinduism allows the Maha Sabha to do no HINDU RENAISSANCE TEAM
Dutt (Srila Bhaktivinode ' Thakur) is a less. To some, these are laws which are nev-
g1fidelines. For the past thousand years we
have tolerated many foreign in"¢asions. These prominent Vaisnava Acharya in the Madhva~ er enforced, like so many other laws in HINDUISM TODAY was founded January 5, 1979, We already possess an age-old healing art
invaders have converted us to their religion Gaudiya sampradaya. He is well known Trinidad, and therefore the Hindu commu- by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, for the
by sword, or a bowl of rice, or by offering ed- even today for .his volumes of heartfelt WTit- nity need not fear. Yet the law of blasphemy-
tHat continues to protect those who attack
following purpOses: 1. To foster Hindu solidarity
as a unity in diversity among all sects and lin-
capable of preventing most disease
ucation, and we have tolerated them. Foreign ings. Mr. Kedarnath Dutt's motive for criti-
cizing the leaders of the maths was not done our religion reqwes changes. ' eages; 2. To inform and inspire Hindus world-
rulers have abducted our women, and we
have not been able to do anything about it. to serve the British. He wanted spiritual DEVANT MAHARAJ
wide and people interested in Hinduism; 3. To BY DR. VASANT LAD
leadership to be~exemplary. He campaigned TRINADAD & TOBAGO dispel myths, illusions and misinformation
Some of them have made us crawl on our about Hinduism; 4. To protect, preserve and
for everyone to live up to the brahrninicaJ.. ' EGINNING IN 1979, I mate relationship between body,
streets, killed us and beaten us up with the promote the sacred Vedas and th~ Hindu reli-
help of our own brothers, and we have toler- principles of purity, austerity, honesty, mercy raveled from the east to and mind. Today many medical
gion; 5. To nurture and monitor the ongoing
ated that. Should there be any limit to our and devotion. Srila Bhaktivinode "Thakur There Is a Distinction the west coast of the professionals are open to yoga
tolerance? Are there any guidelines-what was the father of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta TEN YEARS AGO A GOOD FRIEND, WHO WAS
spiritual Hindu renaissance. We invite our read-
ers to share these purposes with us by writing United States, talking to therapy and meditation. They /
and how much should we tolerate and under Saraswati Thakur, who remained celibate his suffering from cancer, decided to fast to letters, contributing reports and articles on people about ayurveda. It was respect the system and like to
what Circumstances? What is important- entire life. Both of them WTote extensively in death [A Saint's Self-Wille'd Death, CONTRO- events, sending news clippings and encouraging on a small scale, usually in learn and incorporate ayurveda
our peace of mind or our freedom of choice English and sought to spread Sanatana Dhar- VERSY, September '97]. He stopped taking others to subscribe. someone's private home or even into their practice. -
and the welfare of all Hindus? ma all over the world. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta food and liquid. As lie was at home, his in the backyard with a few In the b eginning, my students
Saraswati is the guru of my beloved guru, beloved wife and children were able to be chairs. They didn't even know were mostly lay people who had
MEHTA Publishe~: Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami
NORTHRIDGE, CALIFORNIA, USA A.c. Bhaktivedanta Swami, Prabhupada. Sri- with him. It all happened in peace. A few
Administ. Director: Paramacharya Bodhinatha
how to pronounce the word the time to learn something.
, la Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Mah,araja in- moments before his death, he opened his ayuroeda. Now it is growing, They came for ayurveda and
Editor-in-·Chief Acharya Palaniswami
structeQ Srila Prabhupada to go preach in eyes, looked at each one of them and said, becoming quite popular and many people their own self-healing. Many students felt
Publisher's Aide: Acharya Ceyonswami
v'Yes, the history is horrific, and we should the West. Their collective motive has always «Goodbye." His death was a conscious have been touched by the ayurvedic way their lives changed and healed. But slowly,
Deputy Editor: Acharya Kumarswami
not forget. But the size of the crime does not beenoto spread Krishna consciousness world- death, and in peace. This was not a suicide. of life! the students are increasing in number and
Managing Editor: Tyagi Arumugaswami
limit tolerance. Indeed, the greater the wide because they are dedicated servants of The action and reaction of suicide can nev- During my journey, I learned that the are more dedicated to learning ayurveda.
Graphics Director: Tyagi Natarajaswami
transgression, the more true tolerance is re- Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, not the British. er be peaceful. The result of suicide is very, people in the United States are looking for Many are professionals-chiropractors,
Mauritius Editor: Tyagi Murugaswami
qUired. It's easy to forgive small i11juries. It's KUSA DEVI DASI very painful, especially for the person in alternative systems of healing: When a sys- acupuncturists, even medical doctors and
Mauritius Staff Writer: Tyagi Devaswami
hard to absolve the kinds of misdeeds you CINNAMINSON, NEW JERSEY USA question and those who stay behind. tem has limitations, naturally people look nurses. These professionals are coming to
, ProdJPro'nwtion Manager: Tyagi Kathirswami
speak of An unforgiving mind is no founda- AMRITA SIVANAND Deputy Managing Editor: Yogi Kasinatha for an -alternative system to fmd answers to 'learn ayurveda, and they have the goal in
CAPELLlJ AlD IJSSEL, NETHERLANDS their problems. It is my experience, in the their hearts to become ay urvedic healers.
tion for Hindu welfare. Managing: Editor's Aide: Yogi Rishinatha
Bhakti Reinforcement Needed Editor-in-·Chiefs Aide: Yogi Yuganatha last 14 years of teaching ayurveda in the In our institute, students in the first year
I READ WITH INTEREST YOUR ARTICLE Corrections Advertising Manager: Sadhaka Jothinatha United States and the United Kingdom, that just come to learn ayurved:t As they study,
Our Very Existence Is a Success "Tradition in Decline," as I had visited Puri The National Research Institute for Self Un- SubscripHon Manager: S"adhaka Haranandinatha people are extremely open to it. Everyone they want to learn more in depth, so they
IN JAMAICA WE HAVE A HINDU ORGANIZA- recently. Since so many maths are becoming derstanding of Ghanshyam Singh Birla in Correspondents: Gowri Shankar & Anantlhi Ra- wants to know what is his or her plakruti, join our gurukula program. A total education
tion called Prema Satsangh of Jamaica. We destitute, it's no wonder they have become Quebec [To Goddess, With Love, December, machandran, Chennai; Choodamani Shivaram, Ban- the individual constitution, and the vikruti, in ayurveda to become a BAMS-~achelor
have been dedicated to the propagation of so rupee conscious. Knowing beforehand I 1997] should have been referred to as 'The galore; Rajiv Malik & Mangala Prasad Mohanty, the present, altered state or imbalance. of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery-has
our culture and our religion, reaching out to would not be allowed to enter, I made a pil- Palmistry Center." In their website address, Delhi; ~ S. Gopalakrishnan, Kerala; S. G Debnath, Ayurveda is the art of healing that con- similar requirements as a medical doctors',
peoDle in different spheres of life and assist- grimage to Lord Jaganatha's and Sri Sakhi- "Galaxy.html" should be capitalized. • Bangladesh; Archana Dongre, Los Angeles; Lavina siders every individual uniquely. Ayurveda taking seven to nine years. Probably the
ing all. We hold free medical clinics, cele- gopaf Mandirs due to their unparalleled his- Addresses for agencies that assist Nepal's Melwani, New York; Prabha Prabhakar Bhardwaj, is not only herbal medicine. It deals with most realistic option is for Western medical
brate festivals and conduct camps in aid of tor,,}' ofbhakti. The demands for hundreds of , Deuki (In God's Name, Dec. 1997] are: Kenya; Dr. Hari Bansh Jha, Nepal; Parasram Ramou- .,:each problem directly at the root cause, doctors and professionals to incorporate
teaching the young children about their cul- rupees (actually, it started at over a thou- 1) Child Protection Cepter, Mehlauli, District tar, Anil Mahabir, Trinidad; Dr. Devananda Tanda- using diet, lifestyle, proper yoga postures, soqte ayurveda into their practice, rather
ture. Our islandwide membership of about sand) to view the temple from adjacent Baitadi, West Nepal; 2) UNICEF," Country van, Chicago; v.G. Julie Rajan, Philadelphia; Rad- meditation and certain sounds for healing ' than to go back to medical school.
200 has worked hard these past 25 years to compounds is nothing more than a business. Office, Phulchowk, Lalitpur; 3) UNICEF, Re- hika Srinivasan, New Jersey; Shikha Malaviya, purposes. Its discipline requires one to Ayurveda has been used to treat th~
develop this worldWide reputation that Pre- This is why I don't find- it surprising that gional HQ for South Asia, Lainchaur, Knth- Minnesota. learn about one's own life so that one can whole patient for almost· 10,000 years. It
rna Satsangh can be proud of. Should anyone Haridas Thakur's Mandir is doing so well. mandu; 4) Snehi Women's Awareness Center, Artists: A. Manivelu, S. Rajam. ~. defInitively have proper health of body, was only 200 years ago that ayurveda be-
be interested in participating in any of our All I heard there was the sweet sounds of Deomandu, District Baitadi, West NepM Cartoonis:ts: Barry Geller, David Lourie, Mario de mind and consciousness. "" gan to be looked upon as secondary med-
bhajans,' so they got the biggest donations. Ayurveda is the science of life. And life is ical care. It is now rising to itS' former
charities please e-mail or WTite to us.
ROOPA PERSAUD JEFF CLAUSSEN Letters with writers name, address and daytime
Miranda, Manick Sorcar, Gary L. Stair, Bob Thaves.
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PREMA SAf SANGH OF JAMAICA SIOUX CITY, IOWA, USA phone number, should be sent to: Huyler, Dev Raj Agrawal, Phal S. Gir?ta, Tony Stone integrated. In that sense, ayurveda is the option. My vision is that there will be regu-
379 SPANISH TOWN ROAD, KINGSTON 11 Letters, HINDUISM TDDAY Images, Photobank, Art Wolfe Inc., Gordon Wiltsie, right kind of alternative system of medicine. lar ayurvedic medical colleges and schools
Law Needs Changes .- 107 Kaholalele Road Indivar Sivanathan. Initially, the medical community was not af the university level where full graduate
KAPAA, HI, 96746-9304 USA open to ayurveda. In modern medicine, the courses of ayurveda can be learned.
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THANK YOU FOR YOUR GLORIOUS ARTI- that our nation is a secular nation that does ~ Distribution: Jiva Rajasankara, Bangalore; Dohade- body has nothing to do with the mind. But DR. VASANT LAD, director of the Ayuroedic
cles on Vaish:ri"avism. I eagerly read the arti- not discriminate .against any of its citizens Letters may be edited for space and clarity and may va Samugam, Singapore; Chudikadevi Saravan, Sel- as more research occurs, the West is com- Institute, New Mexico, USA, has been prac-
cle "Tradition in Decline" [MONASTERY, No- [Legal Ine~ty, LAW AND ORDER, December, appear in electronic versions of HINDUISM TODAY. laduraLPerakasam & Rohini Kumar, Malaysia. ing to the realization that there is an inti- tising ayuroeda for more than 25 years.
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EDITORIAL and the indwelling Sel£" The old texts

knew tlie secret of long and vigorous life-
that we have to be balan'ced, have to live

Wear Your Body, purely and simply in service to the Divine,

have to stay in touch with our innermost
Self, the source of all our thoughts, our
"lgnor8nce is powerful m8gici8r1) n the hum8n mind. It
emotions, our organic systems. illness is m8kes invisible th8t which is most visible-God."
Like a S'andal', due to spiritual ignorance, not mere physi-
cill impairment, anq the regaining of our .
native well-being is'a spiritual exercise, not
a surgical or chemical one. Still, there is
Sage, mystic and philosopher Swami Omkaranan~a

Saraswati, a direct disCiple of the late Swami SivanandiL of Rishikesh

one malady that everyone who survives to ther. Russian Swami Sadashivacharya
Indias wisdom decrees that worrying·over- mid-life has to face:jara, decrease and old TIM£= Ft>F ~~A~SJGNMENr AGAIN/
./ :r WONpF/i' JIV/"fAi Ttt.fy'u $'.fNP complaining about those who don't adhere
age. The Upanishads speak of this in- #Iff B'ACt: AS' THI$ TIM!?.· to the spiritual knowledge they have
much about your health is simply not healthy evitability and teach l}s how to prepare ,4 BFII-I..I,4NT S-CIFNiIST?
learned, but still refuse to allow those who
spiritually for it. •• ,4 ~/cH KU$//IIES'>/VIAN? ••
Meanwhile, in mid-life, health remains.a A FANTAST'C ATHUrf, ....."'n... r-.>. are not of their stratum to partake of it.
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The only thing I will eat with eyes is a
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system you might find useful in your family. It is premised on the
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these twin beasts at bay. This month HINDUISM TODAY ex- tant cures. We work each day on our health, thus forestalling
you CAt:1C A~ A __
sity. She recently became a vegetarian. /
plores America's very recent and very important discovery illness. Whenever one among us is ill or injured, we follow a three-
of India's healing arts. It is a timely.acceptance that will undoubt- step strategy. F4;st, efforts are directed at self-healing. This COlllpl.fTEt.y I>lfFERfNT King Akbar asked Birbal, his Hindu minis-
edly bring more well-being to Americans, in addition to more cost- includes meditation, change of schedule, sleep and work, visualiza- Pff/i'$'ON •• ,
ter, where he gained his vast wisdom. Bir-
effective health care. The trouble is th~t Western'ers live in body tion (energy flows where awareness goes) and attentive care of one NO/0I>Y MAJ:£-S ;tiE
S;1tt1e f'l151A~ TWICE/ . bal instantly replied, "From the fools. I
consc~ousness overmuch, identifying themselves almost exc.lusively another. If self-healing proves ineffective, we move to step two:
with the physical. As scholar and ayurvedic teacher Vamadeva ayurveda. This brings changes in our diet and other balancing of observed the actions which rendered one a
Shastri wrote me rec~ntly: "We in the West think too much about the forces, in consultation with our ayurvedic doctor. Ninety-eight fool and gave them up. So I got wiser and
our bodies and try to physicalize everything, including the spiritu- percent of all ailments will respond to these two natural steps. But Not yet settled in a permanent home, the Hawn on her first trip to India. She daily wiser. There is no dearth of fools and mad
allife. We have redu,ced yoga to asanas, its physical side, and tantra for that last two percent, we willingly and thankfully turn to an al- soul takes temporary shelter in a body. worships Lord Ganesha. men in this world to be my teachers."
to sex. The Western mind tends to pursue yoga not put of renunci- lopathic doctor who looks after us all. While major injuries, cuts or •
Tirukural, Verse 340
ation, service or love of God, but as a new form of enjoyment infections may require skipping steps one and two, it is :vith the
(bhoga) and personal achievement. Unless we tell a W.estern audi- greatest reluctance that we would ever go under the surgeons knife. Yikes! l 't:year-old Jyothi Palani upon hear- Many people in the West are not aware
ence how yoga will make them look better or feel better physically Instead, we find ways to live with lifes little aches and pains, our The answers are ·already within each of us. ing this complex quote from So. Radhaknsh- how Hinduism has gradually slipped right
or mentally, they are not interested in it. There is something narcis- flus and frailties, taking them as part of the natural order. Our Good luck matching them with the corre- nan: "Any event has an endless past and an into our own ~ulture through the New Age.
sistic about these attitudes. We are conditioned to a-life of enter- Paramaguru, Siva Yogaswami, urged followers to "Wear the body sponding questions. Swami Beyondananda endless future, it is never-ending and 'From a Christian guidebook on how to
tainment and expect the spiritual life to be of the same order." like a sandal." He -meant that we dont fuss about our shoes. If they
nowhere-ending. This tantalizing endless- 'pray for Hindus.'
Our ancestors were also concerned about health and long life. In get scruffed or pierced, worn or ripped, we go' on walking in them.
the early Vedic Samhitas we encounter their struggle >yith disinte- Treating the body like a sandal, asking it to be functional and not They had no idea who I was other than ness which marks it as unreal invites the
gration, disease and-Cleath, and affirmations of health. Listen to fretting over every ouch and affliction is a spiritu'al practice that some weird blond per-son. We just began to soul to press on to the absolute." DID YOU KNOW?
the Arthava Veda (XIX, 60, 1-2): "1¥-y my voice remain strong, my avoids the' pampering of this temporary abode. It also brings heal- communicate and laugh. Despite the~
br~ath unfaltering, my sight and my hearing acute! May my hair ing in its wake and joy even in the midst of somatic maladies. poverty, they're very happy people. I found Some pundits in India are like dogs s'tting Heat Generator
not turn gray nor my teeth become blackened, may my arms not This weele'we saw a marvelous expression of this from' an unex-
mysel£ laughing all through India. Ameri- in the grass. '!hey do not eat grass them- CORDING TO A NEW YORK
gro~feeble 1¥ld slack! May my thighs remain sturdy, my leg's swift

pected source. In a 9.ocumentary on the mysteries of the universe,
to go, my feet neither stumble nor flag! May my limbs remain noted British physicist Stephen Hawking was interviewed. Prof can actress and staunch Indophile Goldie selves, but wont let hungry cows eat it ei- Times report, scientists recently
whole, each performing its function, Hawking suffers from Lou Gehrig's dis- • discovered that the sacred lotus
may my soul remain ever unconquered!" ease, a life-threate~g nerve disorder (Nelwmbo nUcifera) is a heat-
We in the 199os are also engaged in a that impairs muscle use. It has twisted. I>IfAJe'A'1IfG·CA1 by David &- Ted
~--~------------~ producing plant with the remarkable
struggle for well-being, facing the dire 'his body, paralyzed his limbs, destroyed ' .PJ.lARMA,'YOUWII.L fie FeD
reality of a power that seems to rob us his speech and left him bent helplessly in ability to hold its
WHEN mllF 81" HAND IS ON 11-
of our health and then return for our life. a wheelchair. Yet he endures, using a THE I~TTUiJW'fDISON temperature be-
Yet, in the Vedas man remains deter-.• computer's voice to communicate his bril- THE:N .. ILL se tween 85-96 de-
mined to face the menace, to struggle, liant ideas to the world. Asked what' he grees Fahrenheit
and in the ·end to win. As Raimon feels about his illness, he ,slowly typed Forty lotus flowers
Panikkar writes: "He has in his hand a these courageous words, "I try to lead as I
normal a life as possible, and not think generate as much
medicinal herb, on his lips a sacred
mantra, in his heart a burninlP; hope, about my condition, or regret the things heat as a 40-watt
and in his mind an unflinching faith. it prevents me from doing, which are not bulb, while 70 can
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HEALTH erable resistance to alternative medicine is
easily understood.
Low-cost, low-tech, old-fashioned healing In 1977, as a medical school student and
devot~e of Swami Satchidananda, Ornish
i~ resuscitated by,.uS$13 billion industry conducted the first pilot study in which
yoga was used to treat patients with heart
disease. "Patients not only felt better, but
even in a month in many cases we were able
to measure improvements in the underlying
heart disease and blood flow to the heart."
The study was repeated in 1980 and pub-
lished in the leu-mal of the American Med-
ical Association-the coveted "seal of ap-
proval" and the reason insurance companies
may now cover his treatment programs.
"Part of why I spent 20 years doing re-
search was to demonstrate how powerfu1
simple changes in diet and lifestyle can be,"
states Ornish. "We often think of advances
·in medicine being a new drug or a new sur-
gical technique. People have a hard time be-
lieving that these simple choices-how we
eat, how we respond to stress, whether or /
, not we smoke, or how much exercise we
get- can make such powerfUl differences in

their lives, but they do. In my research,
we've been using the very 'high-tech, expen-
sive, state-of-the-art measures to prove the
power of these very ancient, low-tech inter-
ventions." •
,. Therapeutic touch: A surprisingly wide-
change, but the Eastern philosophy of the spread technique now finding its way into
connection and interrelatedness of body, many allopathic hospitals is "therapeutic
mind and soul is very central. The trend is touch." Nurses (mainly) are trained to sit
probably gave little consideration to
so strong that the US government is devoting near the patient, even during an operation
the impact of Rene Descartes upon
US$12 million a year to fund a new depart- (see sidebar, next page), talk to him, comfort
impendin diagnosis and treat-
ment. But maybe you should have, ment, the Office of Alternative Medicine, to him and by moving her hands around his
study and promote it. In 1996 OAM director body allow life energy, prana, to flow
for this 16th-century French phi-
Dr. Wayne B. Jonas stated, "One out of through her and rebalance the patient's life
losopher-famous for saying, "I think, there-
every three Americans saw an alternative forces-a process similirr to reiki. As a result,
fore I am"-postulated that the human body
health-care practitioner in 1990." , the patient is more relaxed during the
is just like a machine. This, in turn, led to the
Just what to call this many-faceted revolu- surgery, less likely to develop complications
development of the kind of medicine-like-
tion against the mechanistic approach is un- and recovers sooner. This practice was pio-
ly practiced by your doctor-which treats
clear. Western medicine is often called al- neered in the early 1970S by New York Uni-
disease as one would fix a machine, me-
lopathy, though this is not a precisely versity Professor Dolores Krieger and Dora
chanically, with minimal regard for the per-
accurate term. All other approaches are Kunz. It has spread widely in the nursing
son as a whole.
called "alternative medicine," "holistic med- ., profession and won the acceptance of doc-
SIQ,.wly, reluctantly, this so-called "modern
icine" or "traditional medicine," even though only after the food you have already eaten is consider that just a few months ago a mas- based diet, modest but regular exercise, re- tors because it works, even though there is
medicine," which has dominated for hun-
m~y such methods are relatively modern. .digested." But the article on medicine in the sive analysis of 4,500 studies showed ducin$ stress in your life-without ever in- na...allopathic medical explanation as to why .
dreds of years, is changing. Its mechanical
The alternatives come in many flavors: 1992 edition of the ElJcyclopedia Britannica changes in eating habits could prevent up to cising the chest and without ever filling a it should. According to;he Nurse Healers
approach of drugs and surgery has many ad-
ayurveda, acupuncture, acupressure, home- naively states, "There are relatively few dis- 40 percent of the world's cancer. prescription, 82 percent of people have their Professional Associate of Pennsylvania, ther-
vantages, especially with regard to infec-
opathy, traditional Chinese medicine, chiro- eases in which specific diets are of proven "The real explosion of interest in alterna- blockages start to dissolve within the first apeutic touch is now practiced by an esti-
tious disease and structural damage, but
practic, massage, aroma therapy; meditation, benefit." tive or complementary medicine has taken year." Those stunning resul1:s are attracting mated 20,000 to 30,000 professionals , most-
also many limitations. It tends to ignore the
yoga, therapeutic touch, herbal remedies, "Not so," rebukes Dr. Neal Barnard, r.res- much of the medical community by sur- the serious attention of doctors, insurance ly in the United States and Canada.
patient's lifestyle, minimize his mental state
reflexology, naturopathy, reiki (see pages 38 ident of the Physicians Committee for Re- prise," explains Barnard, 'because it is more companies, universities and the US govern- Ayurveda: .The traditional Hindu system
and dismiss his spiritual needs-and as a re-
and 46)'and more. These methods are low- sponsible MedicinE:" a Washington D.C. powerful than allopathic medicine in so ment. ' of medicine has yet t9 make a significant
sult misses relatively simple forms of pre-
tech, low-cost and involve a more personal re- watchdog group. Citing the research of Dr. many ways. For example, to treat clogged ar- Acceptance remains an uphill battle. impact on mainstream medicine in the
vention and effective treatment for condi-
lationShip between doctor and patient. The Dean Ornish sh.owing the overwhelming teries with a coronary bypass graft costs . Barnard •observes, "Doctors are certainly West. Maharishi's Transcendental Medita-
tions unsolvable by either'drugs or surgery.
focus is as much on prevention as on cure. In impact of change in diet in treating heart US$30,000 to $40,000 for one person. It is amongst the more conservative people there tion movement is ~orking to popularize
A great change is in the wind, led not by
some cases, the main treatment appears to be disease, Barnard states, "In a few years, a very dangerous, and you have a six percent are. When you've learned a whole set of ayurveda in the West. So is Dr. Deepak
doctors, but by patients disillusioned with
a daily dose of plain common sense~ patient who was not given a vegetarian diet risk of bratin damage. Some people don't sur- treatments and modalities, one doesn't easi- Chopra. Individual practitioners such as Dr.
the unfulfilled promises of more drugs and
Take something as basic as diet. Folk wis- after their first or second heart attack, and vive the operation. In the best case, you ly set those aside, even when there is com- Virender Sodhi (cover photo) and Dr. Vas-
more surgery, unable to pay their ever-in-
dom tells us, "We are what we eat," and "We who then goes on to have another heart at- have to do it all over again within six or sev- pelling evidence that one should." AD.d when ant Lad (see My TURN, page 13) run suc-
creasing medical bills, unaccepting that they
dig ~ur graves with our teeth." The 2,000- tack, is going to bring a malpractice suit say- en years because"the arteries block up. If, on one adds the impact on income that will re- cessful clinics-cum-schools in the USA. In
are "just like : machine" and unwilling to be
year-old South Indian Tirukural advises: ing, 'Why didn't you give me the best care?' the other hand, you follow the regime devel- sult from a shift away from expensive, high- India, ayurveda is enjoying a resurgence.
treated like one. Traditional. Hindu medi-
"The body requires no medicine if you eat That will change doctors in an instant." And oped by Dr. Ornish-very low-fat, plant- tech procedures, the establishment's consid- "Middle and upper class people who had
cine-ayurveda>-is yet a small part of this



Ayurveda: (clockwise from far left) Pickers

shifted their allegiance completely to allopa-
at the Maharishi Ayur-Veda farm in India
thy," states Praveen Chopra in Life Positive
select fresh herbs; display offinished
magazine, "are again trying out ayurveda
produ,fts; hand-sorting; processing in
and other therapies after bad experiences
stainless steel vats; sorting. (below) Dr.
wjJ:h allopathy. The result is the .J:>lossoming
Neal Barnard, preSident of the Physicians
of ayurvedic clinics and hospitals all over
Committee for Responsible Medicine.
India." •
Enter the spirit: Direct advocacy of reli-
gion and spirituality is the final assault upon
the machine paradigm of Descartes. "When
you are dealing with cancer, sermus illness,
or/ chronic illness where the medical com-
munity knows that they have done their
best, people often pull on their own re-
sources," said Dr. David Larson of the Na-
tional Institute for Healthcare Research in
Maryland, USA. The NIHR is a private, non-
profit organization that conducts research,
educates and provides outreach on the rela-
tionship between spirituality and health.
"Frequently the deep part of peoples' belief
is {heir spirituality and religion. There is /
strong research that shows faith is very ben-
eficial in terms of pre-venting illness. You live
longer if you are committed to your faith."
Even among practitioners of alternative
medicine, however, there remains a strong
reluctance to fully bring forward the spiritu-
al/side of treatment. For example, Dr. Janet
no problem. Ornish has been doing beauti- of modern medicine. "The more we techno- of disease. "If you do not treat the cause, it's Ornish has started a program in innovative for Western medicine to adopt ayurveda, ei-
Macrae explains that she will not identify
fully, he-ll use the word yoga. " logically advance and scientifically advance, a little like mopping up the flood around a medicine at the University of California. In ther Western medicine would have to com-
the energy manipulated in therapeutic sink that1; overflowing without actually
Why now? There are many theories that it seems that the more disease we develop," 1996, the OAM and other government agen- pletely change its outlook on the under-
touch as prana unless she is asked specifi-
explain the recent interest in alternative she said. "People might be unsure of why turning off the faucet." cies officially recommended that "medical standing of the cause of disease, or it would
cally about it. Other practitioners do not
medicine. "Touching, feeling and comforting medical and technological advances do not Enter the government: Public demand for and nursing education should include infor- attempt to extract out of ayurveda that
worry about what their views might be con-
is a human necessity which is missing in this answer their ailments, and for that reason, more natural therapy caused the US govern- mation about complementary practices." which it finds useful, in which case ayurve-
nected to. "Some people do feel a little at sea
country," says Dr. Senthamarai Gandhi, a people may just want a more simple ap- ments National Institute of Health to create They also recommended training include in- da would become diminished and would
with things that seem to come from far
New Jersey internist. During her residency proach, a spiritual approach, to medicine." the Office of Alternative Medicine (OAM) formation on alternative medicine, including loose its integrity as a healing science. I be-
away. Other people have the opposite re-
training in India, Gandhi said, the approach "The question is not: 'Should Americans in 1992 to evaluate other approaches. While philosophical or spiritual paradigms. lieve that ayurveda will follow a course sim-
sponse-they are intrigued and excited,"
to patients was much more humanistic. be trying these new approaches?'" states Dr. it is true to some extent that this office was Harvard University has its "MindIBody ilar to acupuncture and chiropractic and be-
said Dr. Barnard. "When I talk about diets, I
Gandhi believes that alternative medicine Ornish. "The fact is that many of them al- expected to do a certain amount of "de- Medical Institute," funded in part by the come the fourth major licensed health care
dbn't mince words, I say vegetarian. As long
brings simplicity to a patient whose mind is ready are." He finds that modern medicine bunking," it has acquitted itself well in pre- philanthropic and staunchly religious John profession in the United States."
as you reassure people that you have good
cluttered by the challenges and confusions often fails to address the underlying causes senting a fair and comprehensive picture of Templeton, one of the world's wealthiest The final answer to health care really
research to back up what you do, you'll have
the America alternative care scene. people. A December, 1997, program offered should be self-care. Must we simply trade
US insurance companies have taken note courses "to continue to explore the relation- one set of doctors and their methods for an-
[rap singer] Snoop of the increased use of alternative care. One ship between spirituality and healing in other? Or should we learn, as Mahatma
PRANA Doggy Dogg were to reason is their customers are demanding medicine and to give perspectives from Gandhi counseled, that every person can be
share the Carnegie they P4Y for it-in OAM's 1990 statistics, world religions and to discuss the physiolog- his own doctor and learn to lead a disease-
Therapeutic Touch Hall stage with Isaac
Stern, the partner-
only a quarter of the $13 billion spent on al-
ternative care was paid for by insurance. For
ical, ne~ological and psychological effects
of healing resulting from spirituality."
free life, especially through balanced, nutri-
tious diet. He said, "I can cure 999 cases out
the article goes on, "The hands ship would be no less example, Oxford Health Plans, Inc., which On the horizon: Many physicians feel it is of 1,000 by nature cure alone." Many alter-
of Helen McCarthy, a nurse incongruous. But this serves 1.5 million people in the Eastern inevitable for alternative therapy to be ac- native doctors advocate taking personal re-
store manager Joseph
trained in therapeutic touch, scene is just a partic- USA, just began reimbursement in 1997. cepted alongside modern medicine. "I see sponsibility for one's illness, understanding
Randazzo, 69, lies on an Even before the change, a third of their an increasing integration of the two. It has that good health is the body's natural state,
hover a few inches above Ran- ularly dramatic man-
operating table at Co- members were seeing alternative care. More been greatly unbalanced," prophesies Bar- and ill health is generally a result of poor
dazzo's pale forehead, making ifestation of an extra-
lumbia-Presbyterian Medical than half of US insurance companies are ex- nard. "But surgery will always have a role for diet, lack of exercise, stress and unhappy,
gentle circular movements, as ordinary detente +
Center in New York City in
if polishing the air. McCarthy The unseen: Energy healing at hospital taking place in Amer- pected to fi)llow suit over the next two years, late stage cases. We will see an assignment unproductive life styles.... Unless we take that
the throes of a triple coronary according to Landmark Healthcare of Cali- advice and apply it in our lives, we remain
believes that a person's energy ican medicine." of roles based on the strengths that they
bypass," opens an eleven-page have." Thls approach is called "complemen- dependent upon otlJ.ers for our well-being.
field extends beyond the skin feels an area of congested en- Yet there is irony here. Had fornia. '
1996 article in Life magazine Education: The needed change in attitude tary or "integrative" medicine. Consider the old Indian saying about the
into the air around him and ergy, her hands linger over the patient adopted another
on alternative healing. "The toward alternative medicine is beginning to "I see ayurveda as a much larger umbrel- limits of medicine-"If the patient is lucky,
that by consciously directing that spot, smoothing it out." kind of alternative therapy
cardiothoracic surgeon has the doctor becomes famous." ..,;
the flow of energy through her "The sight of a surgeon and earlier-better diet-he might occur as medical schools adjust their train- la with a much greater perspective O'n the
plunged his hands deep into ing programs. An article in the September healing process," states Dr. Hall?ern. "I RESOURCES: US GOVERNMENT OFFICE OF ALTERNATIVE
hands to the patients body she an energy healing working have avoided his clogged ar-
Randazzo's chest cavity and MEDICINE, POST OFFICE BOX 8218 , SILVER SPRING , MARY-

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Five-star classroom: Mauritian Hindu the programs cost the youth a reasonable
youth gather for class with Tyagi Muru- Rs.400/day (US$25). Each month there is one
gaswami (center) at elegant hotel weekend program and in December a sev-
en-d~ seminar. Local family members
gates in their chartered bus, are waved to by make all the arrangements and chaperone
the Hindu security guards, and coast down the events. The swamis conduct classes.
flower-lined lanes to a cordial welcome in Ciassy content: The programs themselves
the lobby by senior management, they get a are actually what take place at most
feeling of being special. Maybe someone ashrams, only the facilities are more mod-
thinks they are really worth something. ern. All participants are required to dress in
Worth is a big word in Mauritius. Bne boy elegant Hindu clothing, which compliments
explains, "Because these programs are so the surroundings. Seminar topics include
professionally put together and staged at Sanatana Dharma, monistic Saiva Siddhan-
such impressive hotels, it makes us youth ta, the soul, God, Hindu metaphysics and
feel like someone not only cares about us but much more, all presented with the aid of ,.,
thinks we are valued. Most people, even our computer displays, sound systems and large
parents, often just call us 'worthless.'" So, video screens. Other sessions cover hatha
yes, instilling a secure sense of self-respect yoga, near-death experiences, vegetarianism
is a basic plus of the fancy sites. and reincarnation.
These hotels are a joy to be at and easy to . Each dawn the youth have what often
teach in. They are beautiful, picturesque, el- turns out to be their first experience of an
egant, classy and very clean. Everyone1'eels early morning puja worship and meClitation,
uplifted. Their conference room facilities sitting on the seashore facing the rising sun.
are state-of-the-art, with video projectors While religious teachings are the crux of the
for big-screen presentations, sophisticated youth retreats, participants'" are treated to
sound systems and air conditioning. other activities which make the gatherings
Most critically, these venues work because modern, exhilarating and adventurous. To
hotel managers graciously offer low rates. mention but a few, there are deep-sea trips
Standard conference center and room on a chartered catamaran or sailing ship,
rates-at US$300+ per night-are prohibi- picnics on nearby islands, hikes into the is-
tive. Why..give the youth a break? Mr. Nor- land's deep gorges, non-competitive games,
bert Angerer, the cosmopolitan general horseback riding, cultural and fashion shows
manager of the spectacular four-star Le put on by the youth and more.
Grand Gaube Hotel, told HINDUISM TODAY, Youths described the changes these re-
treats have wrought: pride in
their heritage, decisions such as
taking a brahmacharya vrata,
vowing to uphold chastity until
marriage, or decisions to incorpo-
EDUCATION explanations of the m~y "whys" that plague Chasseur, to palatial world-class rate vegetar'ianism, regular medi-
their minds. No doubt parents are trying mega-resorts like Le Touessrok, tation, worship and hatha yoga

Kids with Class

their best, but they can only pass on what La Pirogue and Le Grand practice in their daily life.
little they themselves have learned from Gaube. "Not appropriate," a Youth and adults alike endorse
their own parents about temple worship and handful of doubters first whis- the programs. Mahesh Dayal, 18,
home rituals. When it comes to philosophical pered, suggesting the "kids" son of the Commissioner of Po-
questions asked by their better educated chil- (ages 15-25) were being unnec- lice, Mr. Raj Dayal, said, "I have
dren, mothers and fathers are at a loss. The essarilx. pampered and good always recommended my rela-
result: youth who know more about Madon- money wasted. They recom- tives and friends to attend these
Teaching programs for Hindu youth find a na, Spice Girls and "Beverly Hills 90210" mended instead the conserva- programs because I know these '
surprising venue at Mauritius' sumptuous hotels than they do about karma, dharma, reincar- tive and austere free public gov-
ernment camp barracks for
activities will..make them better
Hindus." Dr. GM. Pilla; said,
nation, ahimsa or yoga.
The island of Mauritius, with a population overnight programs and temple New Hindu campus: I.e Touessrok Hotel, renowned for its architecture "It's a real opportunity for our
/ youth to be in an active Hindu
By RAJEN MANICK, MAURITIUS HINDUISM TODAY), and run by two of his of one million, floats in the Indian Ocean off mandaparns for day programs.
AN YOU IMAGINE YOURSELF FOR A sannyasins, Tyagi Murugaswami and Tyagi the coast of Africa, near Madagasc~ .Most But after two-and-half years, those initial "Hotels like ours all try to do what we can environment with two very competent
moment comfortably sell-ted in the Devaswami (with the consideraQle help of citizens are Hindu, and a Hindu govern- worries have faded and everyone is delight- for the citizens of Mauritius-more than just swamis." Dr. Harry, specialist surgeon at
lotus posture on a marble floor in local family devotees), the programs are de- ment has ruled for many years. Some of the ed. The hotels have worked, and fantastical- hire them. In these programs, we see a fine the SSRN Hospital: "I....always look forward
the conference room of a five-star signed to instill knowledge of Hinduism and world's most elegant resort hotels have been' ly at that. The most important reason is idio- spirit, value and service to the youths. This to these youth activities for my children be-
hotel meditating to discover the Self develop an increased sense of self-worth. built along its idyllic beaches, frequented by syncratic to Mauritius. Because the tourist inspires us to help." Kailash, the Hindu man- cause I know they . will come back home
within? Several times 'a year a lucky With the advent of the 21st century, the rich Europeans on vacation. One of the industry hotels are so expensive, most Mau- ager of Island View Club Hotel, agrees, "We with valuable spiritual knowledge." The re-
group of young Mauritius Hindus are doing young Hindus of this island nation, im- unique features of the Satguru Yogaswami ritians simply can never afford them, nor in know that these retreats are helping our sults speak for themselves. Several hundred
ju~t that, part of the innovative Siva Yoga- mersed as they are in Western culture, edu- youth retreats and seminars is the use of fact even see them, encircled as they are by youths understand Hinduism better, "so we Hindu youth have attended and enjoyed
swami Youth Retreat Programs organized cation, music, television and movies, find it these elegant seaside hostelries-ranging high rock walls. Private guards, security po- are happy when we can give lower rates." these retreats. All who have participated
by the Saiva Siddhanta Church of Mauritius difficult to integrate themselves harmo- from quaintly picturesque, thick-thatched- lice and locked entrance gates keep out all Mr. Requin, the manager of five:'star Le feel as if they have awakened from a dream
(locally known as the Saiva Dharmasala). niously into the traditional Hindu frame- roof bungalow-style inns like Marina Village but paying guests. Visitors are rarely al- Touessrok, appreciated "the dedication in to find that the Hindu religion is not austere
Instigated under the direction of Satguru work. Many believe Hindu values are out of and Villas Pointe aux Roches to the 2,000- lowed. So, when the seminar participants educating the youth of today and instilling and irrelevant, but a treasure they have to
Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (publisher of fashion, because no one gives them rational acre deer wildlife reserve, Domaine du drive through the big wrought iron entrance noble values in the their minds." As a result, protect, practice and preserve. ....I
• ' abhisheka:~ "Sprinkling; ablution:'Ritu- highest, are: 1) muliidhii;a (base ~f spine): scribe a tt.;acher or gUide in any subjec~, such as
al bathing of the Deity's image with water, • memory, time apd space; 2) sViidhishthiina music, danc~, sculpture, but especially religi;n.
curd, milk,.honey, ghee, rosewater, etc. A special (below n~vel); reas~n; ~ . "'.a9ipura '(solar ha*a yoga: ~ 'porceftil yoga." A system of
form of pujiiprescribed by Agamic injunction. plexus): willpower; 4) anahatll (heart center): physical anp mental-exercise developed in an-
· a~imsii: 3ffi;-m "Noninjury;' non:Violenc~ or ~, direct cognition; 5).v1Suddha (throat): divine cient times as.a means of rejuvenation and
nonhurtfulness. Refraining from causing harm ' love; 6) iij1iii'(third,eye): divine sight; 7) sahas- used today in preparing the pqdy and mind
to others, physically, mentally or einotionally. riira (crown of head); illumination, Godliness. for meaitation. . •
" iiratl: ~ "Light." The .. The seven lower chakras, from highest to· 'hell: Naraka. An unhappy, mentally and emo-
• circling · or waving of a Ibwest, are'l) atala (~ips,: fear and lust; 2). vi- tionally congested, distressful ' area of con-
lamp-usl}aUy fed with tala (thighs): nlging anger; 3) sutala (knees) : sciousnes~ that can be experienced on the
. ghee, Gamphor or oil-'-be· retaliatory jealousy; 4), taliitala (calves): pro- physical:, plane or in ~he sub-astral plane
, a h.oly per§on <;Ir the longed mental confusion; 5) rasiitala (ankles): (Naraka) after death of.the physical bo<;ly. It is
" D~ity at the high selfishness; 6) mahiitaTa (feet): absence of acc~mpanied by}he to.rmented emotions of
point 9f p.ujii. :rhe flame is conscienq:; 7) piitiila (located in the soles of hatred, remorse, resentment, fear, jealousy and
then: presented to th~ the feet): murder and malice. self-~Qndemhation. In the Hindu view, the
devotees, each ' passing ' his or her hands darsana: $ "Visiqn, sight," Seeing the Di- hellish experience is not permanent, but a
through it ,rod bringing tHem to th; eyes three vine. Beholding, with inner or outer VIsion, a '.. temporary coridition !Jf 0ne's own making.
times, thereby receiving the blessings. . temple image, Deity, holy person or place, Hindu: ~ A followelj, of, or relating 'to, Hin-
'iit;raVa maia;: ~ "Impurity of smallness; with the desire to inwardly contact and receive duism. Gener,!}ly, one is understoqd to be a
" , finitizing principle'." The individualizin:g veil the grace and blessings of the venerated being Hindu by being born into a Hindu family and
of du~lity that enshrouds the soul. It is the or beings. . T I practicing the faith, or by decl.aring oneself a
source ,of finitude and' ignorance. :rhe pres- deva: ~ "Shiping one." A being living in the Hindu. Acceptance into the fold is recognized ,i
ence of'ii1;lllVa mala is what causes the rnisap- 4igher astral p1ane, in a subtle, nonphysical through the name-giving sacrament,.a temple
prehension abdtit the nature of God, soul and ' I • body. Deva is also lised .in 'SCT\pture to mean 'Ceremony called niimakara1;la samskiira, 'given
world, the notion of being separate and .dis- "God or Deity.'" •• to born 'Hindus shortly after birth, and to self-
tinct from God and.the universe. A1;li,lva is the dharma: qq "That which contains or upholds decllJ,red Hindus who have proven their sin-
root mala and the' las~ bond to be dissolved. ihe C08rp.OS." it is divine law, the law of being, • cerity and been accepted by'a Hindu.commu-.
. A~m: \to or ~ Often spelled Om. The mystic the way of righteousness, r~ligion, duty, 're- n\ty. While traditions vary greatly, all Hindus

syllable of H,i~d)lism, placed at the begirming · sponsibility, ,¥irtue, justice, goodness and rely on t,he Vedas as scriptural authority.
of most sacred.writings. As a,mantra, it is .pro- truth. Essentially, dharma is the orderly fUlfill- . japa: ~ "Recitation."
noul1ced aw (as in luw), 00 (as ~n zoo), mm. • ment of an inherent nature,or destiny. Relat- " ~ . Practice of concent1;atedly
Aum.repr:esents the Divine, and is assooiated ing to the squl, it is the mode of conduct most repeating a mantra, qften '
with Lord Ganesa. The dot abo~e represents , con.du(; ~o spir!tu~ advancement. There are • . ' '~hile counting ~e repeti- •
the Soundless So~d; Para'nada. • ,. four pnnClpal kinds.of dharma, as follows'. • hons qn a miila or sqand
bhajana: 'If'~ Spiritual song. I~dividual or They are known collectively as -chaturdhar;- . .' . of beads. It may be done
• group singing of devotional songs, hymns ma: "fou~ religiou~ laws." 1) -'-rita: "Universal , ., ' silently or aloud. For Sai-
and chants. law." 'Fhe'inherent order of the cosmos. 2) - vites, Nama\:l'Sivaya in its
bindu: ~ ''A dr<?p, small -, varna dharma: "Law of one's kind." 'Soc'ia1 various forms is the most treasured mantra
particle, dot." 1) The seed duty. 3) -iisrama dharma: "Duties of life's used' in japa. The mantra Hiue-Raina-Hare-
or source of creation. In .sta,ges:' "Human dharma. 4) -slladJiarma: Krish.Q.a is' among the forerpost Vaish.Q.ava
the 36 tattvas, the nucleus "Personal law." One's perfect individual patteIn mantras.
or first particle of transcen- ' through life, according to .on,e's own: particular . jivanmukta: ~ "Liberated soul." A being
dept light, te.chnically called physical, mental and emotional nature. who has attainel'ni;vikalpa samiidhi- the r~-
Parabindu. 2) Small. dot di~hii: <!Jan: "Initiation.'! Action or alizati~n of the Self, Rarabr'ahman-and is'lib-
W0rn on ~he forehead be- which one is entered into a new realm of spir- erated from r~irth while living in a human
tween ihe i=yeqrows, or in cl).e middle ,of the itual knowledge 'and practice by a teacher or body, This 'attainment is the ' culinination of
forehead. It is a sign tha~ on.e is a Hindu: Mysti- preceptor through the transmission of bless- lifetimes of intense striving, siidhana and tapas,
cally,j:t represents the "third eye;' or th~ "mind's' ings .. Denotes initial or deepened cpnnection requiring total renunCiation, sannyiisa, in the
, 'ey'e;' which sees things tliat the physical eyes with the teacher and,his lineage and 'is usually cunent incarn<ftion. .
cannot see, The foreliead dot is' a reminder to "accompanied by ceremony. Most Hindu karma: ~ "Action, deed." Karma refers to 1)
use and cultivate one'~ spir~tu9{ 'vision. , scho'ols, and especially Saivism, teach that , any act.or ,deed; 2) :the principle of,cause and
brahmacha,ya: ~ "Divine conduct." Con - only ·with initiation frGm a satguru is enlight - effect; 3) a con'seguenc'e, '.'fruit of action" or "af-
trolling 'lw~t by remaining c~libate when sin- , enment attain~ble, ter effect" whith sooner or later returns upon
gle, ieading t~ faithfulness il). rparri\ige. . ' grace: "Benevolence, iove, giving," frol}1 the the doer. Wha.t we sow, .we shall reap in this or
chakra: ~ "Wheel." Any of the nerve plexes or '. Latin grafus, "bel0ved, agreeable." God's pow- future lives. Selfish, hateful acts will bring suf-
centers of force and consciousness located er oftevealmerit, anugraha sakti ("kindness, fering. Benevolent actions will bring loving,re-
within the inner bodies of man. The seven - shoWIng favor"), by which souls are awakened . acti0ns. Karma is a, self-perpetuaring
principal chak~as ~re situated along the spinal to their true, Divine nature. ' la,w of the inner cosmos, m~ch ~s g~avity is-an
cord from its base tothe qanial chamber. Ad~ grihartha:~ "Householder:' Family man or impersonal law of the outer cosmos,
CUfionally, seven chakras exist belgw the spine. woman. Family of a married couple and other Karma is threefold: saiichita, priirabdha and
They are s~ats of instinctive consciousness relatives. 'Pertaining to family life. kriyamiina. -saiichita karma: "Accti.niulated
and constitute the lower or hellish world.
The seven upper chakras, .'
guru: ~ "Weighty one;' .indicating a being of . actions," 'ifhe;sum of all karmas of this life and
. from low~st to . great~knowle<;lge or skill. 11.. term used to de- past lives. -priira~~ha !<arma: "Acti.ons be-


gun; set in motion." That portion of sanchita Same as mukti. ally, "vital - air," from the root prat:!, "to • A siidhu mayor may not be a yogi or a san- Advaita Vedanta, Satchidananda is considered tapas, and it br-ings him out of it. The fire of
karma that is bearing fruit and shaping the monastic: A mpnk or nunk (based on the Greek breatl1e." PriiIJa in the human body moves as nyiisin, or be connected in any way with a guru· a description oj the Absolute (Brahman). tapas burns on the dross~ of sanchita karm"as.
events and conditions of the current life, in- monos, "alone") ~ A man or woman who has five primary life currents known as viiyus, "vi- or legitimate lineage. Siidhus usually have no Whereas in monistic, or suddha: Saiva Sid- . This is the source 'of heat, dismay, depression
cluding the nature of one's bodies, personal withdrawn from the wor[d and lives an aus- tal airs or winds." These are priiIJa (outgoing fixed abode and travel unattached from place dhanta it is understood as divlne form-pure, and striving until tl1e advent of final and total
·tendencies and associations. -kriyamiinp tere, religious life. either alcl'ne or with otl1ers breatl1), apiiIJa (incoming breatl1 ), vyiiIJa (re- to place, often living on alms. .' amorphous matter ~ or energ1-not as an surrender, prapatti. Guru bhakti is the only
• karma: "Being made:' The karma being creat- in a monastery. Terms forHindu monastics in,- tained breath), udiiIJa (asceI]ding breatl1) and Saivism (~;aiva): ~ The religion followed by equivalent or tl1e Absolute, formless, "ataftva," force that can cool the fires of tgpas.
ed and added to sanchita in this life 'by one's clude siidhaka, siidhu, m uni, tapasvin, vairiigl, samiiIJa (equalizing breath). Each governs those who worship Siva as supreme Go d, of Parabrahman. In tl1is latter school, Parabrah- tattva: ~ "That-ness"-or "essential nature."
thoughts, words and actions, or in the inner udiisin and sannyiisin. (Feminine: siidhikii, siid- crucial bodily functions, and all bodily ener- whom there are about 400 million in the world man" is radically transcendent, and Satchida- Tattvas are the primary principles, elements,
worlds between lives. • hVI, m (ml, tapasvi,nl, vairiiglnf, and sannyiisinl.) • gies are modifications of these. today. Oldest of ilie four sects of Hinduism. nanda is Known as the primal1lnd most per- "States or categories of existence, the building
kundalin,: Cflo;g[&;f.l "She who is coiled; ser- mudrli: ~ - "Seal." Esoteric hand gestures """ pujii: 1f:31T "Worship, siikiihiira: ~ "Vegetarian diet." From siika, fectly diVine form to emerge from tl1e formless. blocks of the universe. Rishis describe tl1is em-
p~~t powe;:!' The primordial cosmic energyin which express specific energies.or powers. adoration:' An Agamic "vegetable;" and iihiira, "eating; taking food." . sin: Intentional transgression of @ivine law. anational process as tl1e unfoldment of tlIirty-
e.very individual which eventually, through niida: ~ "Sound; tone, vibration." Metaphys- rite of wOl:ship per- Siiktism (Siikta): ~ ' 'Doctrine of Rower." The Akin to tl1e Latin sous, "guilty:' Hinduism does six tattvas, stages Qr evelutes of manifestation,
the practice of yoga, rises up the sushumIJii ically, the mystic sounds of the Eternal, of . r formed in the home, religion followed by those who worship the not view sin as a crime against God~ but as an des l ending from ,subtle to gross.

nii{jt. As it rises, the kUIJt;lalinl awakens each which. tl1e highest is the transcendent or temple or shrine, or to a Supreme as the . Divine Mother- Sakti or act against dharma-moral order-and one's Vaish1Javism (Vaish1Java): ~ One of the
successive chakra. Nirvikalpa samiidhi, en- Soundless Sound, Paranada, the first vibration .( person, such as tl1e sat- DeVi-in Her many forms, both gentle and own self. It is thought natural, if unfortunate, four major religions, or denominations of
1ightenment, comes as it pierces through the from which creation emanates. From Parana- / ' guru. Its inner purpose fierce. Saktism ISone of tl1e four primary sects that young souls act wrongly, for they are liv- Hinduism, representirrg roughly half of the
door of Brahman at the core of the sahasriira da comes Pral).ava, Aum, and further evolutes is to purify tl1e atmos- of Hinduism. ing in nescience, the darkness of ignorance: world's 'one billion: Hindus. It gravitates
and enters! of niida. phere around tl1e object worshiped, establish a samiidhi: ~ "En- Sin . automatically brings negative conse- around the worship of Lord Vishl).u as Person-
loka: fflcf; "World, habitat, realm, or plane of nii(jJ: ~ "Conduit." A nerve fiber or energy connection with the inner worlds and invoke stasy," which means quences. In Hinduism, there·are n<3 such con- al God, His incarnations and their consorts.
existence." From lac, "to shine, be bright, visi- channel of tl1e subtle (inner) bodies of man. It tl1e presence of God, Gods or one's guru. Dur- "standing within one's cepts as inherent onnortal sin. The doctrine of avatiira (He who descends) is
ble." A dimension of manifest existence; cos- is said tl1ere are 72,000 . These interconnect tl1e ing pujii, the officiant (pujiir!) recites various Self." "Sameness; con- Smiirtism: ~ "Sect based on tl1e ~econdary especially important to Vaishl).avism.
mic region. Each loka reflects or involves a chakras. The three main niit;lls are named it;lii, chants praising tl1e Divine and beseeching di- templation; union, scriptures (~mriti)." The most liberal of tl1e vrata: Wl "Vow, religious oath." Often a vow to
particular range of consciousness. The three pingalii and sushumIJii. -itjii: Also known as vine blessings, while making offerings in ac- wholeness; completion, four major Hindu denominations, an ancient perform certain disciplines over a period of
primary lokas are 1) - Bhuloka: "Earth "chandra ("moon") niit;ll,,it is pink in color and cordance with established traditions. Pujii is accomplishmen t." . Vedic briihminical tradition (ca 700 BCE) which time. Vratas extend from the simplest person-
woFld." T.he world perceived through the five flows downward, ending on the.left side of tl1e the Agamic counterpart of tl1e Vedic yajna rite, Samiidhi is the state of from the 9th century onward 'Whs guided and al promise to irrevocable vows made before
senses, also called the gross plane, as it is the body. It is feminine in nature and is the chan- Wwhich offerings are conveyed through the true yoga in which the meditator and the ob- . deeply influenced by the Advaita Vedanta Gog, Gods, guru and community.
most dense of the worlds. 2) -Antarloka: nel 9f physical-emotional energy. - p ingalii: sacred homa fire. -iitmiirtha.pujii: Pujii done ject of meditation are one. Samiidhi is of two t eachings of tl1e reformist Adi Sailkaq. 'yajiia: <:Rr "Worship; sacrifice." One of tl1e most
"Inner or in-between world." Known in Eng- Also known as surya ("sgn") niit;lf, it is blue in for oneself and immediate family, usually at - levels. The first is savikalpa samiidhi ("enstasy soul: The real being of man!. as distinguished central Hindu concepts-sacrifice and surren-
lish as th.e slJbtle or astral plane, the interme- color and flows upward, ending on the right home in a private shrine. -pariirtha p ujii: with form or se}!d"), ide'i-ttification or oneness from body, mind and emotions. The soul- der through acts of worship, inner and outer.
diate dimension between the physical and side of the body. It is masculine in nature and "Pujii for others:' Pariirtha pujii is public pujii, with the essence of an object: Its highest form known as iitman or purusha----is the suni of its . 1) A form of ritual worship especially preva-
causal worlds, where souls in their astral boq- is the channel of intellectual-mental eneJ;gy. performed by authorized or ordained priests is the realization of the primal s.)lbstratum or • two aspects, the form or body of the soul and. lent in Vedic times, in which oblations-ghee,
ies sojourn between incarnations and when -sushl!m1Jii: The major nerve current which in a public shrine or temple. pure.consciousness, Satchidananda. The se€- tl1e essence of the soul-the essence or nucle- grains, spices and exotic woods-are offered
they sleep. 3) -Sivalpka: "World of Siva," and passes through .the spinal column from the punarjanma: ~ "Reincarnation." From and is nirvikalpa samiidhi ("enstasy without . us of tl1e s0ul, Pure-Consciousness (Pariisakti into a fire according to scriptural injunctions
of the Gods ' and highly evolved s.ouls~ Th~ 'm uliidhiira chakra at the base to the sahasriira punab, "again and again," and janma, "taking form or seed"), identificafion with the .')elfin or Satchidiinanda) and Absolute Reality while special mantras are chanted. The ele-
. causal plane, also called Karal).aloka, existing at the crbwn of the head. It is the channel of birtl1." which all modes of consciousness are tran- "(Parabra,hmcm). This essence was never creat- .. ment fire, Agni, is revered as the divine mes-
deep within the Antarloka at a higher level of kUIJt;lalinl. reincarnation: "Re-entering the flesh." Punar- • scended and Absolute Reality, Parabrahman, ed, does not change or evolve and is eternally senger who carries offerings and prayers to the
vibration, it is a world of superconsciousness namaskiira:~ "Rev- janma; metempsychosis. The process wherein beyond time, form and space, is experienced. identi'Cal with the Supreme God's perfections Gods. Yajna requires four components, none
and extremely refined energy. erent salutations." Tradi- souls take on a physical body thro ugh the This brings in its aftermatl1 a corr,iplete trans- of Parasakti and Parabrahman. of which may be omitted: dravya, sacrificial
.Mahiideva: ~ "Great shining one; God." tional Hindu verbal greet- birtl1 process. The cycle of reincarnation ends formation of consciousness. swiimi: ~ "Lord; owner." He who know~ or substances; tyiiga, tl1e spirit of sacrifiCing all to
Referring either to God Siva or any of the ing and mudrii where tl1e when karma has been resolved and Parabrah- sampradiiya: ~ "Traditional doctrine of is .master of himself. A respectful title for a God; devat ii, the celestial beings who receive
highly evolved beings who live in the Sivaloka palms are joined together man has been realized. This condition of re- knowledge." A living stream of tradition or Hindu monk, usually a sannyiisin, an initiated, the sacrifice; and mantra, the empowering •
in their natural, effulgent soul bodies. It is said and held before the heart lease is called moksha. Then tl1e soul continues tl1eology within Hinduism, passed on by oral orange-robed renunciate, dedicated wholly to word or"chant.
in scripture that there are 330 million Gods. or raised to the level of the to evolve and mature, but without the need to training and initiation. religious life. • yoga: m.r "Union."
mahiiprasthiina: ~ "Great departure." fo rehead. return to physical existence. samsiira: ~m "Flow." The phenomenal Viorld. tantra: ep;r "Loom, metl1odology:' 1) Generally, From yuj, "to yoke, har-
Death of the physical body. namaste: ~ "Reverent sacrifice: Yajna. 1) Giving offerings to a Deity as • Transmigratory existence, frauglit with im- a synonym for siistra, "scripture:' 2) A synonym ness, unite." The philos-
mahiisaVtiidhi: t1~I~t111tf "Great enstasy." The salutations to you." A traditional verbal greet- an expression of homage and devotion. 2) · permanence and change. The cycle of birth, for the Agamic texts, especially those of tl1e ophy, process, disci-
deatl1, or dropping off of the physical body, of ing. A form of namas, meaning "bowing, obei- Giving up sometl1ing, often one's own posses- death and rebirth; tl1e total pattern of succes- Sakta faitl1, a class of Hindu scripture providing plines and practices
a great soul, an event occasioned by tremen- sance," sion, advantage or preference, to serve a high- sive earthly lives experienced by a soul. detailed instruction on all aspects Of religion, whose purpose is the
dous blessings. Also names the shrine in which nirvikalpa samiidhi: f.'1r~ ~ t11 1lf "Enstasy er purpose. The literal meaning of sacrifice is i annyiisa: Rm "Renunciation." "Throwing mystic knowledge and science. The iantras are yoking of individual
tl1e remains of a great soul are entombed. (samiidhi) without form or seed." The realiza- "to make sacred;' implying an act of worship. down or abandoning." Sannyii!i;a is. tlie,repudi- also associated with the Saiva tradition. 3) A consciousness with
mantra:t:F3f "Mystic formWa." A sound, sylla- tion of the Self, Parabrahmau, a state of one- It is the most common translation of tl1e term ation of the dharma, includiIJg tl1e obligations specific metl1od, technique or spiritual practice transce.ndent or divine consciousness. One of
ble, ,word or phrase endowed with speciJl ness beyond all change or diversity; beyond yajna, from tl1e verb yuj, "to worship." III Hin- and duties, of the househ~lder and the accep ~ within tl1e Saiva and Sakta traditions. the six-systems of ortl1odox Hindu philosophy.
power, usually drawn from scripture. Mantras time, fo; m and space. duism, all of life is a sacrifice-called jlvaya- tance of the even more demanding dharma of tapas: ~ "Heat, fire." 1) Purificatory, psyche- Yoga was codified by Patafijali in his Yoga Su-
are chanted loudly duripg pujii to invoke the Pati-pasu-piisa: ~ ~ qm Literally: "master, jna, a giving ' of oneself-thro ugh which tl1e renunciate. • transforming spiritu;l disciplines, severe reli- tras (ca 200 BCE) as tl1e eight limbs (ashtiinga)
Gods and establish a force field. Certain cow and tether." These are the three primary comes true spiritual fulfillment. Satchidiinanda (Sachchidiinanda): ~r~C:J '1~ gious austerity, penance and sacrifice, includ- of riija yoga. It is essentially a one system, but
mantras are repeated softly or mentally for elements of Saiva Siddhanta philosophy: God, siidhana: mq-;::r "Effective means of attain- "Existence-consciousness-bliss." Lord Siva's ing endurance oJ pain and bodily mortifica. historically, parts of riija yoga have been devel-
japa. To be truly effective, such mantras ~ust soul and world-Divinity, man and cosmos- ment." Religious or spiritual disciplines, such Divine Mind and simultane'ously tl1e pure su.." tion. Scriptures generally warn against ex- oped and emphasized as yogas in themselves:
b-e given by th~ preceptor tl1rough initiation. seen as a mystically and intricately interreliit- as pujii, yoga, meditation, japg, fasting and perconscious inU;:d of each individual soul. It treme asceticism which would bring harm to ' P,lominent among the many forms ,of yoga-are
moksha: tiTaT "Liberation." Release from trans- e'd unity. Pati is God, envisioned as a cowherd. austerity. The effect of siidhana is the building is perfect love and#omniscient, omnipotent the body. 2) On a deeper level, tapas is the in- hatha yoga, kriyii yoga (emphasizing breath
• migration, samsiira, the round of births and Pasu is the soul, envisioned as a cow. PiiSa is of willpower, faith and confidence in oneself consciousness, tl1e fountainheag of all exis- tense inner state of kUIJt;lalinl "fire" which control), as well as karma yoga (selfless service)
deaths, which occurs after karma has been re- the all-important force or fetter by which God and in God, Gods and gur.u. tence, yet containing and permeating all exis- stimulates mental anguish and separates the and bhakti yoga (devotionall"ractic~s) which
solved and nirvikalpa samiidhi-realization of brings souls along' the path to Truth. siidhu: ~ "Virtuous one; straight, unerring." tence. It is also called pure consciousness, pure -individual from society. The association with could be regarded as an expression .of riija
the Self, Parabrahman~has been attained. prii1Ja: 11fOT Vital energy 'O r life principle. Liter- A holy person dedicated to tl1e search for God.
form, substratum of exist~nce, and more. In a satguru, Sadasiva, brings the devotee into yoga's first two limb~ (yama and niyama).

PROFILE is Swami Vishveshwarananda who, from 1967 they had attended top academies to perfect nanda's central teaching: "Practic~ the yoga
to 1982, 1trained ~losely with hinI in Europe. technical, including computer, skills. Upon of synthesis. Be a karma yo;;i, bhakti yogi,
"I was a good pilot and loved flying," their request in 1992, they were initiated by raja yogi, mantra yogi, jnana yogi. Love the
Vishveshwarananda told me. "I met Swami Swami Omkarananda. Two girls, ages 22 all-pervading, all-knowing God with all your

Omkaral!1anda in 1965 and was mesmer- and 18, are now known as Swamini Vira- heart and soul. Experience Him here and
ized, led from darkness to,light." now, and distribute the fruits of
At one stage he asked Swami· that Experience to all mankind."
whether to continue flying. S,wa- To effiCiently distribute those
mi said he should choose be- "fruits," high-tech is the norm.
tween spirituality and flying. So Unlike other ashrams with their
he quit flying. It was a surprise spartan facilities, Omkaranan-
to his co-pilots, but he never da's is outfitted with cordless
looked back. "Switzerland is full phones, new computers, fax ma-
of material comforts. I chose to chines, a compact offset press
renounce this and came to the and a website (omkaranan
path of spirituality. "I was surely a da-ashram.o?g) . Rishikeili has
Hindu in my previous birth." daily power cuts, but that's no "
In 1982 VishveshwarananCla cause to interrupt the Ashram-
was sen"t to India to serve as vice- thanks to a huge generator
president of Omkarananda Ash- which assures the constancy
ram Himalayas, and is now Om- they need for so many projects.
karananda's designated spiritual Forgetting God any time is dis-
successor. They communicate allowed, so a stereo system plays
daily, and while Omkarananda "Hari Nam" chanting all day.
has not visited India for 32 years, Eight cows-inspired by the
the Ashram runs so well it is if tunes of bhajans-produce
he is personally present. more milk than the Ashram re-
Vishveshwarananda is assisted quires, so extra milk is sent to
by a core team of monastics: Swa- other ashrams. Monkeys and
mi Satchidananda; Swamini Gau- snakes regularly visit and are of-
rishankarananda, Swami Vish- fered food. They are not
varupan.mda and Somashekhari, harmed, and therefore do not
all from Europe. Laudably, they harm the residents. A public li-
have become official citizens of brary, homeopathic center,
India to amalgamate with the lo- Spiritual giant: Swami Omkarananda lives at his hilltop forest guest house and Patanjali Yoga
cal community. "Jealous people ashram in Austria, ministering daily to all seekers of Truth . CeI}ter on the banks of the Gan-
spread misinformation that we ga serve community needs. At
were foreign agents of Christian the Yoga Centre, Ma Usha Devi,
missionaries," laments Swami "In a worldly person the energies a Swiss devotE1e, teaches hatha
Vishveshwarananda. "This is rub- yoga and meditation daily.
bish. But unfortunately I cannot flow downward-the stomach and Smaller Omkarananda ash-
change skin color. We hold Indi- rams are located in nearby Mu-
an passports now and are Hindus b/el1y are warm. For the spiritual in- nikireti and Lakshman Jhula.
because of our past karmas." De- They are referred to as temples
parting from tradition, the Ash- dividual the energies rise upward- because of their daily p~jas and
ram houses men and women, but havanas. Visitors can meditate,
European-born Hindus "move to India to fulfill Vishveshwarananda affirms that
the face and heart become warm." study scriptures or perform kar-
"Women are viewed as divine ma yoga. The Ram Mandir in
their gurus mission of educating hill children mothers.. Purity is maintained."
particular allows nature lovers t9
Sri Narasimhulu: senior man- grow trees, fruits and vegetables.
By RAJIV MALIK, NEW DELHI Garhwal region surrounding Rishikesh. ager of the nearby Sivananda Ashram, ap- jananda and Swamini Tripurambikananda, Education: Now we come to Omkaranan-
preciates the Europeans' dedication. "Most and one boy, age 13, is Swami Vidyabhaska- da Ashram's most crucial community ser-
HINK LIKE A GENIUS . WORK LIKE In 1947 at the tender age of 17, Swami
a giant. Live like a saint." This co- Omkarananda was initiated into sannyas by monastics here are Swiss and Geqnan. They rananda. All three are now plunging into vice-academic and cultural education.
gent affirmation of S;.vami Omkara- the late Swami Sivananda. He promulgates take temple management seriously. Their sadhana, Sanskrit, scriptures, asJrology, aca- Twenty-six sch'ools, including two dance and
the teachings of Adi Shankaracharya, foun- love for their guru is rare. They ha,ye been demic studies, temple worship qpd, of music academies, are overseen in urban
nanda Saraswati resonated through-
der of the Smarta sect of Hinduism, and asked to serve in Rishikesh as it is a poor course, the cold river Ganga for holy dips. Rishikesh and the distant hill areas-some
out my stay at Omkarananda Ashram
area. They have taken the guru's order seri- Rishikesh is known for being slow and re- so rural they can only be reached on foot or
Himalayas, his Indian headquarters personally worships Goddess Shakti. ThirJ
ously. If h.e asks them to jump in Ganga, they laxed, but activity in Omkarananda Ashram horseback. Most hill people live in abject
adjacent to the Sivananda Ashram in sadhu- ty-two years ago on divine orders, Swami
will do so. That is the level of devotion." cruises at breakneck speed by comparison. poverty, and their childrens' only source of
laden Rishikesh. Swami began the Ashram Omkarananda left India to teach eager seek-
ers of Truth in Europe. Now permanently There are also eager young monastics set- The day begins at 4AM and ends late. The education is through the Omkarananda Ed-
30 years ago on the bank of the river Ganga
tling ~in. Three Swiss and German youth, Ashram residents I met-Indians and Indian ucational Society. I was warmly received at
to facilitate realization of God in daily life residing in Austria, he has brought hun-
who grew up in Swami Omkarananda's Aus- citizens of European origin-live a disci- Omkarananda Saraswati Nilayam, a large
and to render selfless service to the local hill dreds of Europeans formally into Hinduism
through the namakarana samskara. Over trian ashram, recently visited India on holi- plined life, balancing sadhana (spiritual dis- city school with 1,000 pupils. Priyanka Ra-
people. I met the Ashram's team of migrated
day. Enamored with spiritually-charged cipline) and service. There are fixed timings jwar, a ls-year-old student here, told me
Europeans-led by Swami Vishveshwara- 170 of them have been initiated by Omkara-
"> nanda Saraswati-who manage the educa- nanda as renunciate monastics-sannyasins Rishikesh valley, they sought and received for pujas, meditation classes, bhajans and with joy, "We have excellent rapport be-
'Q" L-____ blessings to settle there for good. In Europe yagnas. Mathavasis fulfill Swami Omkara- tween teachers and students, with freedom
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Mahamandaleshwar Sri
AND TEMPLE IN THE Swami Gangeshwarananda,
the most celebrated ex-

HEART OF EUROPE ponent of Vedas and Vedic

rituals and the recognized
All-India Leader and founder
(Founded 32 years ago, in 1965) of the G. Gangesh
Chaturved Samsthan and G.
aramahamsa and other Dikshas and thus

G.lnternational Ved Mission,
Omkarananda become a Hindu. Rooted in in Bombay, who at the age
Saraswati (b. 25 Dec. the Consciousness of the of over 95 years visited the
1929, India) is a born Sage, Infinite and the Eternal, Omkarananda Ashram in
Mystic, Philosopher and Swamiji holds in his heart Winterthur for Ved Pratish-
acknowledged as such by the quintessence of every tha, was particularly
Saints of India and Scholars known and unknown delighted with the
and University Professors of religion in the world and, unbelievable activities of
the West. At the age of therefore, is in a position to this unique Ashram, with the
thirteen he was plunged in serve pre-eminently every
spiritual experience; at religious community and
most holy atmosphere of its
Temples and with the high
seventeen he obtained every scientific circle around quality of performance and
Sannyasa Diksha from the the globe. purity ofthe young
world-renowned Swami Sannyasis. Here are some
Sivananda, Rishikesh, Who in Hindu India and the extracts of his Tribute to
Himalayas; later he received Hindu West does not know Swamiji and his spiritual
his Sri Vidya Mantra Diksha Sri Krishnashanker Shastri, community:
from the omnipresent Divine the Founder and Trustee of
Mother Meenakshi of both Sri Bhagawat Vidya- " ... Ved Mata Gayatri drew
Madurai Temple and secrets peeth and Sri Vallabha Nidhi, us here to breathe the
of higherTantra and Vedic and the Editor of Janaka/yan intoxicating Vedic
Yagnas from Siddha from Ahmedabad, India? He atmosphere and to feel the
Purushas. He is a versatile visited Omkarananda Inter- divine touch of various
genius and a literary giant national Ashram, Switzer- Mantras. I have visited a
having to his credit over 200 land,and wrote thus: number of Ashrams and
publications, some of which Mandirs in India and
are distributed around the "I had longed to see the abroad, but never did I
world in fifty languages. In Ashram, having read about experience such a deep
his hands, Hinduism is it in books, and having spiritual happiness
applied science in all its heard from the renowned charged with purity and
highest dimensions. His scholar of superhuman simplicity.
Ashram is a myriad-faced intelligence, the eminent
Hinduism in action. He and profound Philosopher, "Bhagavan Veda has
founded Ashrams in Shri Badrinath Shastri of chosen the most beautiful
Switzerland, Germany, Baroda, about its Founder- Nava Durga. A heavenly words, it would be more and visitors, remaining in I realised the presence of is like a huge hermitage, full seat, where, in the constant
Austria, England, France, President, Sri Swami grove! I have no word to proper to have a bath in this the state of detachment, Mahayogi-King Pruthu in of devotees, who are flow of Vedic mantras,
Himalayas. Any scholar, any Omkaranandaji-Tapasvi, speak or write-but I cannot holy water. When I beheld blissful, happy, and like the humility; Vachaspati in spreading culture, spiritual Omkarananda is reflected.
seeker of Truth, can visit him ascetic, highly intelligent, help saying that this Tapo- the Swamiji, I felt that I saw ever-glittering sun, one who morals, Bhagirath in ideals, faith, and all the Our young teenage sisters
in his Austrian Ashram and attached to the Lotus Feet vana is nothing but the the Incarnation of Muni • . has transclmded the ego, industry,Jaimini in highest values of character; reciting Shree Suktas,
obtain profundity of of Mother Maha Tripura- everflowing Waters of the Bharadwaja, who contin- Swamiji also advises like a preaching, innocent like a and induces in visitors Purush Suktas and Rudra-
knowledge on any subject in sundari-a pure-hearted holy river Ganges, or a her- uously offered Ahutis at close relatiive and child, an orator like Vasishta, tranquility, divinity, bliss and dhyaya Mantras fluently in
the vast field of timeless Yogi whose fame has spread mitage made supremely four altars and practised benefactolr, like a Divine like Kubera in charity, joy. What is more, the place perfect original Sanskrit
Hinduism. Any vegetarian far and wide .•. Moved by the divine by constant chanting Mantras, Tantras, the mystic Father and Divine Mother to Dhruva in devotion and bestows honour upon accents is indeed
aspirant of Satwic Nature divine Power, I happened to of the holy Mantras and by rites and philosophies. all those who come in Prahlaad in the constant everyone; and all the as- remarkable and highly
and required qualifications, travel to Switzerland to this penance-a blissful state of Administering the contact with him. He is chanting of the holy Names pirants seem to be the living creditable."
of any caste, colour, creed, holy and unique place, the Liberation (Nirvruti-Ananda)! institution, discoursing, and proficient iin whatever work of Divine Mother. The angels on earth, and the
race, can receive through Ashram, during the special guiding for twenty-four is being undertaken, and is Ashram is as great as the living lights of our most
purificat!?ry rites the Hindu Puja celebration of Shri "Instead of making the futile hours a day, with an ever- always wishing the good greatness of Swami revered Swamiji."
sacraments like Upanayana MotherTripurasundari and attempt of describing it in smiling face for all residents and welfare of all humanity. Omkarananda. The Ashram See article on page 32.
and spirit of joy came, although our external love. You could 'be the worst criminal, and TEMPLES
lives had not yet changed so radically." reiki will not, reject you. The blaming ten-
Their 12-year-qld son, Arjun, found that
reiki energy could be utilitarian. Nalin re-
veals';'He discovered that the channeled en-
dency disappears, and that's the really heal-
ing part. You start loving yourself"
reiki diehards believe that it can cure or
ergy df miki could re-charge drained battery ,
cells! For months after learning reiki, we did-
n't buy ar~ batteries. We renewed them with
improve just about anything from schizo-
phrenia and depression to a failing mar-
riage. It can also help one to give up meat,
reiki-untH the novelty wore off" smoking or drugs. The Nirula's reiki tradi-

Spiritual mechanics: What is this power tion teaches healing at 26 points of the body,
known as reiki which can rekindlif.the hu- and there is a 21-day treatment cycle for
• man , spirit as well as revive depleted>. D -
cells? The Nirulas, who have initiated about
chronic conditions. There are also cleansing
meditations and affirmations which can be
Sri Lankan temple

Reiki 1,000 people into this self-help system, told

HINDUISM TODAY, "Reiki is an experience of
the joy that is missing in people's lives due to
stress and strain." The reiki flows from what
ayurveda calls the pranamayakosha, "sheath
used to heal a person or relationship. Since it
offers both emotional and physical healing, it
has caught on with many people, from politi-
Cians to movie stars like Waheeda Rehman,
Sushma Seth and Chandrachoor Singh. Age
craft crosses the Pacific '
of vital energy." It is an electric, lightening
energy ...vvhich is normally free-flowing in
people. 'When it gets disrupted or blocked,
diseases manifest. But when this spiritual
energy and the material energies are' har-
is also no barrier, * eighty-year-olds sit-
ting alongside eight-year-olds. Says Renoo,
"We are healing planet Earth. We are heal-
ing the cities and countries. I've been tend-
S c
is just one of 100,000 Sri Lankan
. " Tamils settled in Ontario, Canada, but
he is earning distinction. While living
in Sri Lanka, his father, Saravanamuthu
ing healing to all the bomb-blasted areas in Sthapati, and his uncle, Thambithurai Sthap-
monized or realigned, we return to health. Delhi. We work with children in scho'ols and ati, taught him the ancient car-
"Just as television waves flow in the at- send healing for the environment." penter's art of building tram-
mosphere but require a suitable receiver The Nirulas have documented many dra- tional temple chariots, and he
tuned to its frequency to reproduce the matic cases where lives have been turned became a respected "ordained" ~
sound and visual picture, individuals need around .. People with diabetes, cancer and craftsman. He brought his skills ~
,. to be/re-tuned to the reiki energy to remain arthritis have improved without surgery or with him to Ontario, where he ~
"...o . healthy or to regqin lost health," explains medication. Offers Nalin, "'Ql.ese Reople has crafted temple doors and §
Nalin. "The reiki master opens the chan- ended up .healing themselves. The modern large and small chariots. For ~ ~=--=~0..::..2'-d
nels-gives you a new connection, as it medical view is that most disorders are psy- this type of ornate, technical J'eyaraja
were-and empowers you to heal your life. chosomatic, since all are stress-related." and traditional woodworking,
Reiki healers are channels of healing. This They have trained seven doctors in a South Hindu temples in the US and Canada now
Working within: India's Reiki 1rUlSter, Nalin Nirula, attunes to the flow of universal life-energy to heal and harmonize this force in others energy is not our own. We are not the heal- Delhi hospital, where emergency cases that have an eager alternative to importing stha-
ers, but a conduit or pipeline for the divine are wheeled into the Cardiac Care Unit are patis from India. Canada's Jeyaraja is ready,
RS140). Nalin is qualified in ayurveda, home- energy. There is nothing' of me in the heal- given a few minutes of reiki. Says Renoo, willing and obviously able. .-
Born in India and evolved in Japan, an opathy, pranic healing, naturopathy and rei- ing. I'm Hot giving anything from my side.
It's not mine to give, it is the Divine's."
"You can see the differences on the monitor, SARAVANAS JEYARAJA STHAPATHY, 1471 GLEN RUTLEY
ki, and is a psychic. Renoo is a psychoanalyst and the recovery rates are phenomenal."
ancient spiritual healing skill comes home and clairvoyant. When disease develops, malfunctions oc- . Th re are three levels of reiki mastery, but
Nalin and Renoo came to reiki by a cir- cur first at the energy accumulators and finding a true reiki teacher can be a chal-
cuitous route. Nalin had always wanted to be pumps, known as the chakras, which corre- lenge. According to Nalin there are many
By LAVINA MELWANI, NEW YORK cient Atharva Veda verse observes, "Skilled, a healer. His grandfather had been the chief spond to the endocrine system directing the fakes floating around, "Some people get up in
AN GALL-BLADDER STONES DISAP- dexterous and empowered by the Divine for civil surgeon in the State of Patiala, and sev- body's vital functions. The disorder then the morning and declare, 'I am a reiki mas-
pear without surgery, and umbilical healing is our left hand, for it removes blocks eral uncles and aunts were doctors. Yet, with passes on to the physical body. The healing ter,' with no knowledge or initiation. There's
hernias vanish? Can cancer cure it- in the free flow of joy. And yet more potent the family in the food business, Nalin was energy of reiki creates a positive flow of even an advertisement in the newspaper
self? These have been some of the is thi; divinely empowered right hand, for it sent to the prestigious Cornell University in health,pecause the physical body, the ener- where y.$lu can get reiki attunement or initi-
amazing experiences of people who contains all medicinal capacities of the uni- New York to learn the hotel business. Back gy body lmd chakras are all interconnected. ation by correspondence. That!> a laugh!"
have practiced reiki, the Japanese verse, its all auspicious healing touch bring- , in India, he found himself in the family food Reiki realigns every energy, arid people feel School principals often send troubled chil-
art of self-healing which has its roots in ing peace, harmony, welfare, opulence, joy trade, until he decided to stop selling food happy, satisfied, balanced and at peace. dren to Renoo, who encourages them to take
ayurveda. The word Reiki (pronounced and liberation from all toxic conditions of for the body and findfood for the s oul. Practitioners, known as channels, must be responsibility an.d fmds that with reiki, their
"ray-key") is Japanese for universal (rei) life- matter-birth, death, old age and disease." He had always had an affinity for Lord nonjudgmental and unconditional in their mindset changes -instantly. Reiki calms the
force energy (ki). It is this energy which is In cities like Delhi and Bombay, reiki is the Krishna and now embarked on a rigorous love. They are able to work with stress with- intensity of anger these children "feel and
flowing throughout the cosmos and to which new buzzword, with people from all strata spiritual path with ISKCON, travE1ling all out allowing it to accumulate, which would dispels their feelings of helplessness. Re-
each living being is connected from birth. It . of society turning to it for their physical and over the world. He got his brahmin initiation cause themselves physical, mental or emo- cehtly a school in Delhi had an opening for
is known as prana in ayurveda, and it is re- mental well-being. Doctors are using it on at the Gaudiya Mat~ in Mayapur, West Ben- tional problems. The energy comes down ten disable'8. children to enter integrated
ferred to in the Atharva Veda (one of the cancer patients, policemen are leaning on it gal. Renoo, whose father had been with the from the crown chakra to the third-eye and classes with normal children. A flood of 500
four Vedas). It was red'iscovered by Dr.. and dIsabled children are expanding their UN, graduated frQm London College of Art, the throalt, centering in the he:a rt from where . applications came in, from which the ten
Mikao Usui in Japan about 175 years ago as abilities because of it. Reiki is also a fashion and had worked as an art therapist with dis- it flows lOut into the hands onto different most suited were chosen. It was no surprise
reiki, an unconditional, divine and loving fad for high society.ladies and a c~ing tool turbed children. The couple discovered rei- parts of the body and to different chakras. to Renoo and Nalin that five of the ten ap-
healing energy. (See also page 46.) for government servants. ki at a seminar they attended with their two One can even heal from a distance. plicants were children who had unde"i-gone
Since then, reiki has caught on in many Several reiki Senseis, or initiating teachers, children, and life was never the same. Recalls Says Renoo, "reiki is Japanese, but it has a reiki. It seems that we will be hearing a lot
parts of the world, becoming a passing fad reside in India. Among the most 'well known Nalin, "We experienced a lot of emotional very old history in India. There is a reference more ~bout this life-enhancing healing in
for some, a w~y of life for many. Now it has are husband-and-wife team Nalin and Renoo negativities clearing away. The burden of in the Vedas whICh shows how healing was the years to come. ....'
come full-circle back to India, where the Nirula, who co-authored the best-selling Joy pain, sadness, fear, self-blame and guilt just done by touch and voice, the Saple as reiki. NALIN AND RENDO NmULA, A- 14 ANANDANIKETAN. NEW
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the winter of 97/98 will be wet. FUSION

Varuna will definitely bring El
Nifio to the West.
The ecliptic energy for 1998 is Follow
YOllr Bliss
far greater than normal as well.
Rahu is in the sign of his greatest
enemy, Leo, and Ketu is in his
enemy sign-Aquarius. The full
eclipse on August 21, 1998,
should be extremely intense, as a An American flautist
square between Mars and Saturn finds his Hindu soul
will also be in effect. This kind of
energy is profound for the spiri-
tual aspirant. It gives us opportu-
nities to remove that which veils USIC TO ME IS A MATTER OF BLISS.
us from see ing the truth of our- I When you find that bliss, you say,
selves more clearly. I call the 'Ah ... That's real music.' That is the
ecliptic phase of 1998 "the Mir- feeling I go for." American-born,
ror," as its primary purpose is to forty-year-old flautist and composer John
show us the reflection of our- Wubbenhorst knows about bliss. His life has
selves that we would rather ig- been a mystical musical odyssey, and his de-
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abode of the Sun (Leo). music and instrumentation to date. As
Jupiter in Aquarius marks a pe- Wubbenhorst confides, "I could name innu-
riod of harmony in worldly rela- merable East-West explorations that were
tionships. The constellation of pretty lousy. I've heard where someone
River of life: YOung and old revel in purifying Ganges baths at the kumbha mela in Haridwar, India Aquarius is the sign most inter- sticks a saxophone with a sitar and says it's
ested in bringing unity toward fusion, but it's not really happening. It has to
ASTROLOGY defective governmental issues. come from a deeper level."
There will be bonds and truces Wubbenhorst's depth comes from two

Reli~quish Duality's aane in the Middle East this year. For- years of study with India's maestro, Hari
eign trade through the first four Prasad Chaurasia, coupled with twenty-five
II}onths of 1998 should improve. years of "soaking in the Vedic culture," in-
But, Jupiter's harmonious influ- cluding aY1llrveda, astrology and "two hours
Time to spiritually rejuvenate as Jupiter enters Aquarius ence will be tested when his of meditation each day." He recalls how he
fell in love with Indian music at age 13, "It
nemesis, Saturn, moves into his
most unfavo~able sign of Aries on really hit me on a deep level. I would listen Polished timbre: Wubbenhorst now plays the Indian bamboo flute alrrwst exclUSively
RUE SPIRITUAL SEEKERS COULDN'T India. Nowadays Kumbha Melas are hap- April 17th. This brings a conflict, as Jupiter to Ravi Sh;mkar, and it was obvious that he ,
ask for better 'astrological alignments pening more frequently in various locations, is trying to expand the natural qualities of was extremely relaxed and at the same time "I had this idea of studying the bamboo beautiful ocean in and of itself After play-
in 1998. Jupiter, the planet of elEpansion but scholars believe the original Melas were Saturn (Aquarius is ruled by Saturn), and very precise-two seeming opposites. But flute when I was eighteen," John recalls. ing for a while, you disappear. And I think
, and wisdom, is moving into Aquarius only held at Haridwar every 12 years, when Saturn's positive side is being restricted by that's what: you have to be. In fact, the two "But I doubted for a long time. I thought, 'I the goal of a lot of yoga is that the small ''1''
(Kumbha), the sign of spiritual rejuvenation Jupiter enter~d Kumbha. The high point for the constellation Aries. The duality of the things Hari Prasad would say over and over can't fmd any teacher. I can never be suc- disappears and you're into something big-
and ...brotherly love, on January 8th. This this largest gathering of humankind on relationship between Jupiter and Saturn will again were, 'Relax,' and, 'More precise.' He cessful. ' Finally, the idea didn't go away, and ger. After all, this ego that we have is not the
brings the conscious mind into awareness of Earth is when the Sun conjuncts Jupiter on start to peak around May and June. said litt;le else. He is such a quiet man." I said, 'Ijust better do this!' I stopped doubt- reality. Its not at all what we are. In addition,
the oneness that we all share. Jupiter in February 23124, creating a Snayoga (bathing Normally, we seem to unconsciously find Wubbenhorst studied Western classical ing, and it turned out great. It just goes to the bamboo flute is so charming, so earthy
Aquarius fmd ways to bring people .. combination). The energy for the Kumbha ways to distract ourselves from moving to- music with Kim Haley of New York's Jul- show you that if you follow your bliss, every- and so mystical. It feels so complete and nat- •
together, whether through loving relation- Mela is far stronger this year, for Jupiter and ward the only real truth (God). It seems as liard School of Music and jazz composition thing works out. The saying, 'Doubt is ural. Its beyond words. The sound draws you
r ,.
ships or natural disasters. The primary aspi- the Sun are joined by Mercury and Ketu. life goes on, we wake up every morning at the Berklee College of Music in Boston death,' is true." Wubbenhorst went to India to finer 1evels 0f consciousness, and tHe raga
ration of 1998 is letting go of the boundaries This energy creates the perfect time for pu- dealing with the illusion and the drama of and with Darius Brubeck. Meanwhile, his not expecting to study with Hari Prasad structures are deeper laws of nature. So, you
that prevent us from seeing Qur unity and rification. To top it off, the whole stellium is life. The year of 1998 is arranged to take us love and appreciation of Indian music grew, Chaurasia, but study with him he did. As are drawn into these deeper, subtler aspects
oneness. Jupiter in Kumbha is stronger and squared by the very transfprmative Pluto. back to the'real part of ourselves th/!t is un- and his spiritual seeking intensified. He told Wubbenhorst relates, "There were only four of creation, and the surface levels fall away.
more transformative this year b,.ecause the Pluto is a purifier and remover. ~ energy is consciously searching for Truth. Its not that HINDUISM TODAY, "I learned Transcendental or five people he was teaching. He came Hari Prasad told me, 'I think that is the real-
lunar nodes, Rahu and Ketu, share their ruled by the higher vibrations of Agni, the 1998 is going to be difficult, it is just that the Meditation from Maharishi Mahesh Yogi every day fOr three hours and didn't charge ity. All this other stuff t> the dream.' "
ecliptic axis with Jupiter. Jupiter sharing his God of fire. Though this Kumbha Mela oc- light that exists inside of us will be glowing( when I was fourteen. I enrolled in his uni- any money. Sometimes he would fly all Wubbenhorst's dream of Facing East came
space with Ketu's energy of wisdom brings curs every 12 years, the chances of repeat- looking to be directed in an appropriate versity in Fairfield, Iowa, when I was sixteen night, get off the airplane and come direct- true with creative cop.tributions from Sandip
a metamorphic effect because Jupiter and ing this special planetary energy are slim, so manner. And for spiritual aspirants already years old. I stayed for five years. He wasn't 1y to the lesson. He blew my mind. I've been Burman on tabla, Zolton Lantos on violin
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dia crusader Annie Besant was com-
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Pmna's Natural Flow in England, Besant was ahead of her
time. Unhappy
with Christian
views on suffering,
Malaysia Hindu Sangam gets offensive album
she moved to withdrawn from stores throughout Malaysia
A system of gradual relief asks the practitioner
to simply be a conduit for cosmic energy
Benares, India,
founding the Cen-
tral Hindu College 'IRST THE AMERICAN HINDU ANTI- Murugiah has called on MHS members


EIKI IS THE JAPANESE about the harmony desired.

(now Banaras Hin-
du University)
amidst British op- Lover of Bharat
pression to help
children regain their ancestral heritage.
I . , defamation Coalition (AHADC) of
, . the Vishwa Hindu Parishad of Amer-
ica lambasted Sony for tne Aerosmith
band's ED cover based on the traditional
image of Lord Krishna dancing upon and
throughout Malaysia to act as the eyes and
ears of the Hindu community by monitoring
and rep0rting any item which might have
contents offensive to the Hindu religion.
Mageswaran Palany of Malaysia told HIN- Surrounding Iraivan Temple is an
name for an ancient heal- Is this a mind control effort? subduing the multi-headed serpent Kaliya DUISM TODAY, "The Hindu population here is
~ ing method rediscovered No, after the initial intention of SAVING TIGERS: is the passion of Jenny [July, 1997]. Their protests resulted in an less than ten percent, and yet we made it extraordinary botanical garden
by Usui from the Sanskrit the practitioner to bring about Osgood, a 16-year-old British girl. She apology from Aerosmith and a promise from happen. I hope that every country can do
Buddhist scriptures found in harmony, he or she need not organized a 7,ooo-signature petition to Sony to change the cover as soon as the first this so that no one will think of playing with paradise, providing an area of
monasteries in Japan. Ki, chi, qi, concentrate on what he is doing the Prime Minister ofIndia-home to run of four million was sold. The AHADC re- Hindus' religious feelings in the future."_
prana, vril, aeth, lesser light and and even may carryon conver- two-thirds of ques~ed the CD be pulled iminediately from MALAYSIA HINDU SANGAM, 76S-c JALAN SULTAN AZLAN
contemplative, natural beauty.
pranic force are synonyms for sations with others in the room. the remaining the shelves" but was unsuccessful in getting AMERICAN HINDU ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE, P.O. BOX

the life force that flows through In fact, if the practitioner tries 4-7,000 wild this demand met. The same cover was still on 441505. HOUSTON, TEXAS 77244-1505 USA.
Pilgrims enjoy groves of plumeria,
and about our bodies. Prana is to direct the flow and amount tigers on Earth. sale in American stories in October, though the
Siva's Cosmic Force. It gives life of prana, the treatment will not The London new cover was on the groups website. konrai, hibiscus, heliconia, native
to the body and mind and flows in the succeed. Prana has full consciousness and Environmental Not so in Malaysia, thanks to the Malaysia
subtle body. The subtle body exists within knows how to bring about health. The Investigation o Hindu Sangam. They bludgeoned Sony and Hawaiian plant species and more.
and through our physical body. In Hin- practitioner must never assume that he is Agency flew its distributors with section 295 of the Penal
her to India in Rajasthani painting
'" Code of Malaysia which "does not allow At the entrance to the 5 J -acre
duism we talk about the nadis that are the doing the healing, for it is a healing using
nerve-like conduits for prana. The subtle the Div4ne Cosmic energy. October, 1997, anything offensive to any religion to be pub-
body communicates with the outside world Does reiki work? Yes, it is very effective to personally present the petition dur- lished." No such legal recourse is available in sanctuary is a forest of healing
at sensitive points on the skin, called rnar- in bringing about peace and comfort to the ing "wildlife week." Read her story on America, where the Constitution's First
rna or acupuncture points. As we have patients. It has often brought about slow the web at: www.5tigers.orgljenny.htm Amendment on free speech allows one to rudraksha trees. Send US$ J 2 to
learned from the science of acupuncture relief from pains and other disease condi- say just about anything about a religion.
and acupressure (also Do-IN, polarity tions. Rarely there is a sudden and almost TRANSITION: Eugene "Mickey" Finn in p. Murug~ah, chairman of the Social and purchase a single-bead necklace of
treatments and massage), if something oc- miraculous total healing. The patient tends Boston, USA, on October 19, 1997, at Welfare Committee of tlJ-e Sangam's Penang
curs to disrupt the rtormal balanced flow of to relax completely and his subconscious the age of 76. An admitted thief, con State Council, brought the album to the at- a sacred rudraksha, receive as our
prana through our bodies, disease @ccurs. mind also relaxes. The combination of the artist and drug addict, Finn one day tention of the Ministry of Home Affairs,
.Reiki practitioners are initiated into the relaxation-getting out of the way of the sought relief from a hatha yoga teacher who in turn contacted Sony. Peter Wong, gift another bead to plant and sup-
method by six or more attunements by a flow-and tq.e revitalized pranic flow al- and promptly changed his life. He was Sales M§l11ager for Sony Music Entertain-
Master that enable the student to open his lows the individual to heal himself inspired to teach yoga from his apart- ment (M) S:DN BHD of Malaysia, summari- port the Iraivan Temple project.
pranic system to cosmic forces. These are Some Masters have added more attune- ment for free for decades, introducing ly issued a letter to its dealers informing
given with explanations of the system and ments, new symbols and even different hundreds to Sri Aurobindo's teachings. them, "It has been brought to our attention
sometimes particular routines. Students are historic beliefs. The ancient system has by the Ministry of Home Affairs concerning 1-808-639-8886
instructed and supervised in practice ses- three initiations, the third being that of the FIGHTING: with Hindu Gods may be the the purported offensive cover of the Aero- E-mail:
sions to recognize pranic flow in them- teacher. Symbols are used to intensify the plot in upcoming episodes of "Her- smith Nine Lives album. Due to the sensi-
tivity thereof, we would request that the
http://www. HinduismToday.
selves and the subject. Every person has flow of prana, for mental and physical con- cules, The Legendary Journeys," ac-
certain contact points on the pody that acts ditions as well as distant healing. cording to TV Guide. Greek Gods are sales of this album be stopped ilIlffiediately. Kauai.hi. us/ashram/lraivan. html
as an area of transfer of the pranic energy. Traditionally, the practitioper does not commonly bashed in the series. To , Kindly make the necessary arrangement to
The most common points are the. palms, charge for his services, though h(l. may take show your concern that Hindu Gods take these albums off your shelv~s. Our
fmgertips, whole frontal body (the reason a love offering. He merely acts as a conduit not be disrespected, write to: Hercules sales representatives will be collecting them
for reiki embrace), forearms and feet. for the transfer of pranic energy from the Productions, to enable us to exchange them with the new
album covers."
The practitioner transfers prana to rnar- universe to the patient as a result of his c/o Pacific
rna points on the patient's body, causing an
increased, more natural flow of p rana
initiation and attunement to subtle forces. Renaissance
Pictures, PO
This must have been a painful move for
Sony, for the local newspapers were giving FOREST
within the patient. At the contact point DR. TANDAVAN, 77, retired nuclear physi- Box 90409, the album rave reviews. As of October, the
there may develop an intense heat or cold- cian and hospital staff president, lives in Auckland CD and cassette versions were back on
ness depending upon conditions. The prac- Chicago, where he specializes in alternative Mail Centre, Malaysian shelves, with the new cover. The
titioner knows intuitively how long to spend healing arts. Visit his home page at the Auckland, album is apparently popular, a tribute to KAPAA. HI 96746-9304 USA
at each contact point in order to bring HINDUISM TODAY Website. New Zealand. Hercules vs. the Gods people's,desire for coarse and obscene lyrics
sung to uninspired American rock tunes. A TEMPLE BU ILT TO LAS T 1,000 YEARS



"May the light of Diwali .:. shine brightly iQ your heart.

May"the flames of .•. ': peace and .harmony
of the. year.

TIjE QUEEN APOLOGIZED for the 1919 massa-

cre of 379 unarmed Indian profusters in ,
'" structors and missionaries to work in this
country at the request of US-based reli-
plethod of saving the country's trees from
Amritsar during her gious organizations is close to approval as a illegal logging. The Northern Farmer's Net-
1997 visit to India. At permanent part of US immigration law. US work "ordained" thousands of the trees and
a state barlquet in Hindu organizations have used the relative- wrapped them in the orange robes usually \
New Delhj., she ad- ly easy to qualify for visa to bring monks, worn by Buddhist monks. There is no word
mitted that there had priests, musicians and others to ~erica. on the method's success.
bren some "difficult
episodes" in Britain's INDIA'S SUPREME COURT has denied the tra- THE ORIENTAL INSURANCE COMPANY of Kerala
past, of which Jallian- ditional sevaks, temple attendants, of the has entered into an agreement with the All
wala Bagh-site of famed Jagannath temple at Puri a share of Kerala Elephant Owners Association to in""
the massacre-was a the money from hun dis, collection boxes, sUre, yes, their elephants. The policies are a
"distressing exam- installed in the temple. They ruled the col- kind of combination of auto and health in-
ple." She and hus- lection of the offerings was a "secular" ac- surance, providing coverage for collision li-
band Prince Philip Queen Elizabeth II tivity which belonged to the domain of the ability as well as the elephant's illness or
earlier placed a state-run temple management. Most Hindu - death. Kerala has 570 elephants owned by
wreaTh at the Jallianwala Bagh memorial in temples in lIidia, but not Christian church- individuals, temples and the state forest de-
Amritsar, where tens of thousands of Sikhs es or Muslim mosques, are run by s(ate-ap- partment. A shocking 162 have died in the
gave her a warm welcome. Philip, whose pointed boards and administrators, and not last decade, a factor in the new coverage.
father-in-law, King <;;eorge VI, was the last by hereditary trustees or boards elected by
"Emperor of India," also took a barefoot temple devotees. THE BLASPHEMOUS LIBEL L'AW of Trinidad
tour of Gandhi's ashram near Ahmedabad. [see December 1997 issue] is indeed a for-
FIJI WAS READMITTED to the Commonwealth mal part of English COInmon Law and pro-
AMERICAN CHARITIES GOT A SCARE in Septem- ten y,ears after it was expelled at the behest tects in Britain, just as it does in Trinidad,
ber when a Texas judge ordered a Southern of India, following a military coup. Their only Christianity from "scurrilous" attack.
Baptist ChristAan Church to hand over recently adopted constitutiop no lopger dis- UK Muslims attempted to use the law to sti-
$27,687 donated by a bankrupt church cri~tes against the countr-y's large Indi- fle Salman Rushdie and his Satanic Verses
member to the man's main creditor. The an population. Fijian Prime Minister Siti- book, but were refused by the court on the
judge's rulling rested on the contention that veni.Rabuka has formally approached India grounds the law protected no other reli-
the man had given the money to the church to restore the diplomatic and economic gions. One expert said this was only natural
"without receiving a reasonably equivalent links between the countries which were cut as England was an officially Christian coun-
value in exchange." The judge apparently after the coup. try. The law would appear to stand in viola-
saw no "value" in the' church's religious ser- tion of the guarantee of equal religious free-
vice. If it stands, the law puts all charitable THE SEARCH'FOR THE PERFECT SPOUSE is go- dom in the UN Charter of Human Rights.
contributi.ons at risk of having to be re- ing out of this world on board the Cassini
tfrrned one day. The shocking ruling is un- space vehicle THE WORLD'S MOST ANCIENT MUSICAL instru-
der appeal to higher courts. A law has been now headed to- ment is a 43,000-year-old flute found in the
introduced in the US Congress to protect ward Saturn. The Slovenian Alps in Europe in a Neanderthal
churches (including Hindu temples) and European Space hunting camp. The spacing between the
charities from such claims. In the Texas Agency allowed second and third holes made in the bear
case, the creditor defended _the decision, thousands of thigh bone is twice that between the third
"The money he paid to the church was my messages from and fourth, .
mOIJ.ey, not his money. If someone had earthlings to be meaning the
robbed me and donated the money to the pacfed aboard flute could pro-
church, would the church nave to retprn the the Huygens ...duce whole and
money? \les." . I ' pr~be, which will Cassini: will ET '7 do"? half tones. Cleve-
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believes the Neanderthal's bone flute
analysis of 4,500 studies by the American THE "LAST PAPERS OF MAHATMA GANDHI" hole spacing .-
Institute for Cancer Research and the which were stored for 50 years by v. would most likely match the South Indian
World Cancer Research FUnd. Largely as a Kalyanam of Chennai and recently donat- system, rather th\ill the Western diatonic
result of health concerns, the -number of ed to'the Indian government are now scale, according to a report in Scientifu;
vegetarians in Britain has doubled in recent available to the public at the Nehru Muse- American. A second expert believes the
decades and now stands at eight percent. um in New Delhi. 'Yhe unique collection complete flute (drawing above) had at least
your footprints for your children to follow!!! contains rough drafts of some of Gandhi's six holes and was some 37 centimeters long.
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Dhasan Sivananda $15.77 Dhasan Sivananda $17.55
Nandi Devi Sivanathan $1.77 Matthew Wieczork $30. 00
Total $1,517 .87
Potriyan Sivanathan $1.77
FUND OF THE MONTH Total $108.05
Hinduism Today Endowment Trust Sithra Sooryanarayanan $3.26
Sivamalar Thuraisingam $0.68 Thirumular Sannidbi Preservation Fund
Anonymous $1,436.46
Nearly 200 children sit quietly in the school assembly. At a signal, they break into lively bhajan; Total $1,436.46 Priya Devi Utchanah $6.20 Shyamadeva Dandapani $25.00
some play drums and instruments, ot~ers clap their hands. All are healthy, well dressed~and well iraivan Temple Fund
Siven Veerasamy $60.00 Total $25.00

cared for. Next, a group of the students begins Total $276.76 Undesignated Funds
Peshala Varadan $820.25
Kauai Aadbeenam Monastic Endowment Anonymous $2,061.93
a traditional folk dance. Some form an inner Mohana Sundari Gunasegaran $70 .84
Total $2,061.93
circle while an outer circle rotates around We especially thank those young children who gave a small amount, Total Recent Contrib. us$23,408.52
them. Sticks rhythmically click as the dancers'" tithing from their allowance each month, creating positive patterns early in life.
Total Endowment Funds US$2,240,993.50
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