Hinduism Today’s latest issue has gone to press and is now available.
Religion and secularism are forever in a fracas. One expression of this in modern times is the way devout Hindus (and kids of all faiths) are turned toward atheism in college. Its a universal experience, and one that our publisher, Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, addresses in his editorial this month, titled Mom, Dad, Im an Atheist. Fascinating.
Food. Who among us is not interested in food? Lavina Melwani gives a sumptuous tour of the street foods of Mumbai. Her story reveals that some of the best cuisine in India can be found on the roadside. Dont believe that? Read her savory story.
Tirukeeteswaram Temple in western Sri Lanka has a noble history, but was devastated by invaders 400 years ago. Our Indian writer Anuradha Goyal flew there to discover that it is being comprehensively refurbished. She learned that India and Sri Lanka are teaming up to renovate this famed pilgrimage site, complete with newly carved granite pillars and gopurams.
Its a bold statement that one never hears, but it was uttered by none other than our magazines founder, Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami: Hinduism is the greatest religion in the world! He backed up this stirring claim by explaining dozens of reasons that he came to this conclusion. This issues 16-page educational Insight section gives voice to his memorable and emotive declaration. Seldom has the unique greatness of Hinduism been so elevated, clearly recognized and effectively expressed.
Remember when life was simpler? Well, memory is anything but simple, and our teenage journalist, Mayuresh Visswanathan, explores the mysteries of memory in an article that takes note of the overwhelming predominance of kids and adults of Indian heritage in memory accomplishments. Fun fact: kids of Indian descent have won 18 of the last 21 Scripps Spelling Bees. Amazing achievement. And in 2019, 7 of the 8 co-champions tracedtheir DNA to India.
This issue contains three powerful opinion piecesone from London on being religious but not spiritual, one from Texas offering a Hindu view of wealth that might puzzle the barons of Wall Street and one from India on whether education in that nation should be so secular.
There is more, of course, including a trip to the holy city of Varanasi, a paean for brown rice, the story of a Himalayan recluse and a Chinese Malaysian who runs a Siva temple. To this we add the popular Quotes & Quips section with humor, cartoons and pithy sayings, Global Dharma with mini-stories from around the world and Digital Dharma. Its a bountiful issue, with something for everyone.