In his Publishers Desk, Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami offers three distinct ways to respond to the various crises prevalent in the world today. They are: responding from the heart with compassion, responding from the hands by offering to serve and responding from the soul by harnessing the forces generated by these challenges as a catalyst for spiritual growth.
Our Feature this issue follows the restoration of Patan Durbar Square after the powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal in 2015 brought its destruction. The Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust has brought together countless artisans who restored the squares damaged temples and monuments. Stone carvers, woodworkers, brick layers, metalworkers and an array of helpers of all skill levels have been dutifully giving their time to rebuild this place of inestimable religious, cultural and historical importance.
Our illustrated Insight section highlights eight masterful carnatic composers who illuminated many with their devotion compositions. Dive deep into their stories and music letting them carry you to the same spiritual heights they ascended to through their quintessential bhakti.
In need of some artistic inspiration? Follow travel blogger Anuradha Goyal as she explores nine wonderfully different museums in India. One museum features a 17-acre outdoor site covered with recreations of important temples from around India as well as life size scenes from the Puranas. Another contains as many textiles as you could hope to see in a lifetime while a third is filled with terracotta, stone carvings and tribal paintings. There is truly something for everyone.