Issue #29



Table of Contents for #29

10 Two Key Aspects of Jainism
by Swami Brahmeshananda
How can seemingly contradictory aspects such as austerity and selfless service go together? The answer is that they must, in order that said service be pure of any and all ulterior motive.

16 Truth and Karma
by Annapurna Sarada
What to speak of crucial matters like spiritual growth, even the simple actions and circumstances of everyday life flow in harmony when Truth is maintained. Existence thrives or expires based upon the presence or absence of Truth — in living It and telling it, both.

19 Exploring Gaudapada’s Philosophy
by Lex Hixon
The first of a series of classes that Lex Hixon gave on classic Advaita Vedanta is transcribed herein, which scrutinizes the naturally homogenous nature of this most subtle of all philosophical perspectives. To understand Advaita Vedanta is to enter into the most intimate union with Divine Reality and experience that rare authentic spirituality that is scarcely realized otherwise.

27 Vedanta and Today’s Youth
by Babaji Bob Kindler
As Swami Vivekananda has stated, “When will man be friend to man?” It is within the atmosphere of this fine sentiment and under the inspiration of this prime directive that this article is offered for consideration. For, one of the main reasons that revealed scriptures like the Upanisads and the Bhagavad Gita are still available today, in modern times, free of interpolation and text-torturing, is due to the fact that the heads of families in ancient times passed the torch of such wis- dom to their children at an early age. That we are failing to do so in modern times is certainly one of the reasons for the decline of society and humanity.

34 Blessed are the Peacebuilders
by Rev. Canon Charles P. Gibbs
Within the boundless spirit of Universality, the ideal of world Peace is cherished by all lovers of God, and by the sincere well-wishers of humanity.

37 Sacred Sufi Poetry
by Doctor Nahid Angha
In line with the ultimate Goal of all Eastern religions, the sacred poetry of Sufism, along with its composers, declares that only the Beloved is worth seeking. All else falls subservient to “That.” Therefore, Kubir sings: “Dive deep, O mind, dive deep in the Ocean of God’s Beauty. If you descend to the uttermost depths, there you will find the gem of Love.”

40 Noncompromise in Advaita Vedanta
by Shivakumar Viswanathan
In an age where both God and higher religious and philosophical ideals are being either cast away com- pletely or heavily compromised, it will benefit the seri- ous seeker of Truth to both see through and resist the tendency to lower the spiritual standard in the least, or, as one poet-saint states: “Never allow the world’s opinion to dim the ecstasy of your worship, or draw you even slightly away from The Mother’s sweet intimacy.”

44 Facing Our Fear
by Swami Aseshananda
With the exhortation, “Be bold, be fearless,” Swami Vivekananda bolstered the strength of his devotees, East and West, knowing that fear is the worst kind of weakness. In this recently transcripted talk, Swami Aseshananda re-affirms this crucial message.

50 We Are Atman All-Abiding
by Babaji Bob Kindler
Composed in 1995 in honor of Lex Hixon, SRV’s founder and inspiration to many aspiring souls.