The July, August, September 2023 issue of Hinduism Today: INTERNATIONAL is an engaging and informative read that covers a wide range of topics related to Hinduism and Indian culture.
The issue is packed with interesting articles, features, and opinions that are sure to captivate and inspire readers.
One of the standout features in this issue is “Nepals Himalayan Rudraksha Trees Yield Millions of Dollars of Sacred Beads Each Year” on page 18. This fascinating piece explores the cultural and economic significance of the rudraksha beads that are harvested from the trees in the Himalayan region. The article highlights the traditional methods of collection and processing, as well as the modern industry that has grown around the sale and distribution of these sacred beads.
Another important environmental piece is “Natural Leaf Plates Are Reborn as a Green Replacement for Harmful Plastic Dishes” on page 30. This article discusses the harmful impact of plastic dishes on the environment and the growing trend of using natural leaf plates as a more sustainable alternative. The article also provides information on the production and distribution of these plates, and how they are helping to reduce waste and promote eco-friendly practices.
For those interested in devotional practices, “The Elders of this Remote Village Tattoo Ram Ram Over their Entire Body, Face and All” on page 56 is a must-read. This piece explores the fascinating tradition of tattooing the sacred mantra “Ram Ram” onto the entire body, which is practiced by the elders of a remote village. The article delves into the spiritual significance of this practice and its cultural roots in the region.
The arts are also celebrated in this issue, with “Houses Tend to Be Drab, until You Discover the Colorful Painted Homes of Tamil Nadu” on page 62. This article showcases the vibrant and colorful painted homes found in Tamil Nadu, India, and the history and significance behind this unique form of art and architecture.
The lifestyle section offers personal stories and reflections on Hinduism, such as “Learning to Dance at My Age Made Me a Better, More Devout Hindu” on page 36, and “How Sri Aurobindos Unique Life Has Influenced Generations of Seekers” on page 38. These pieces offer insights into the transformative power of dance and the influence of Sri Aurobindo’s teachings on spiritual seekers.
In the opinion section, “Marriage Between Hindus of Diverse Origins Is Changing Our Religion in the West” on page 9 offers a thought-provoking perspective on the changing landscape of Hinduism in the diaspora. The publisher’s desk on page 10 also offers a deep dive into the arduous path to freedom from rebirth and the importance of cultivating a spiritual practice.
Overall, the July, August, September 2023 issue of Hinduism Today: INTERNATIONAL offers a diverse and engaging selection of articles, opinions, and digests that are sure to appeal to a wide range of readers interested in Hinduism and Indian culture.