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Hinduism Today, Jan, 1997

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January,
1997
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Affirming
Sanatana
Dharma
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theModern
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HINDUISM
TODAY
wns
founded
on
January5,
1979
;
by
Satguru
SivaynSubrum
unl·
ynswnmito
strengthen
all
Hindu
lineages
.
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Academy
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Road,Kapaa
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Hawaii
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A father lifts his daughter
to
the heavens. This
family
of priests,withfour generations under one roof,lives between Cochin andKerala's capital,
Jliru-
vananthapuram. Suchlargejoint families are
now
threatened.Seepages22-26. •
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Politics
:
Muslims Are Politicking
to
GetHeard
in
America
17
SpecialReport:
Joint Families,a VenerableTradition in Jeopardy
22
Literature:
A Survey
of
Books by'
and
about Hindu Women
28
,
.
Mpvemen'ts:
Struggle Over aPowerful Kerala Ashram
34
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Women as VedicPriests
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48Refugees:
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and
Kashmir Camps
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Death
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Hagpy
Roman New Year36
People:
Peace Pilgrim's Worthy Walk
47
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O;PINION
Publisher's
Desk:
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MOJ;lastic
Order
's!Mission Is HINnUISM
TODAY
6
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Drarture,
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PUBLISHER'S
DESK
Chronicling
Hinduism's
Modern
Experience
How25 penniless monksliving onthe world's most remote land mass are making historybyforging the future
BY
SATGURU
SIVAYA
SUBRAMUNIYASWAMI
J
ST
DAYS
BEFOREWEWENT
TOPRESS
,
THE
ANCIENTRAJPUT
painting
to
the right was completed,greeting1997 and preserv ing
HINDUISM
TODAY
'S quantumleapfarintothe future
of
futures and beyond. The
mathavasis
in the painting are notfromsomedistantyuga;theyarethe stalwart sevaksthatproduce this magazineeachmonth.Many reader'squeries have comeon mye-mail,andev
en
throughwhattheycall snai\mail,asking how andwhyHIN
DUISM
TOD
AYappearsin
so
many nations.Here it
is
.
Everyone of
my25monks
is
involved in its production, inwayssmall andlarge.
Yes,
they look
and
dressexactlylike that,living simply,meditating
and
serving withme here ina tropicaljungle on our planet's most remote land mass,
the
Island
of
Kauai
in
theHawaiian Islands. And,yes,
the
giantbanyan tree,sacredriver
and
naturalwaterfall are reallyhere,too,along
with
par("ots
andcows.
When
you visit some
day,
wehope not too longfromnow,you can meetand talkwithsome
of
myswamis, yogisandsadliakas. A thousandyearsor moreagoagreatbookwas written,the
M.ahabharata,
recording
the
history
of
Bharat. Now reveredas areligiousscripture,itspeaks
of
theglories as well
as
'the problems
of
thateraand thewise solutionsthat
dharma
provides.Today inBharat,India's official name in itsconstitution,thisgreat religion still flourishesand
h~s
recently movedexplosivelyinto.nearly everycountry
of
he
world
with
its temples, ministers,priests andholy
men
andwomen.
HINDUISM
T
\>
DAY
has
for
the past
18
yearsre€ordedthehistory
of
this billion-strongreligioninrenaissance.
It
has
b~en
acclaimed by some, perhapsgenerously,asa
mod
~rn-day
Mahabharata,onceagain recording theHinduexperience in a newera.Thesmallmulti-national team pictured here have
be
EJ
n
the
scribes
and
editorsforamuch largergroupin
the
many nationswherelive Indian Hindus,Sri Lankan Hindus, Malaysian Hindus,Mauritian Hindus,SingaporianHindus, SouthAfrican Hindus,South American Hindus, Fijian Hindusand,yes,North American
and
EuropeanHindus,
too.
The result
is
the livingepicyou hold in your hands.
HINDUISM
TODAY
is
justenteringits 19thyear
of
publicationsince its foundingonJanuary 5,l
B79. My
threesuccessors,the
acharyas
seatedjust
to
my right in the painting,willcarry it all on into the future
of
futures.Every Hindu order has its publicser vice,
be
ita hospital, eye clinic, orphanage,school, ashram,feeding hall or priestly trainingcenter.This magazine
is
the
primary public
.s
ervicedesigr:tated by
me
for our
order-along
withteachingchildren's classes, buildingand supportingtemples and givingaway money
to
worthyinstitutions.
It
wasduring aworldtouryears ago through Singapore,Malaysia,Mauritius,Reunion,SouthAfrica, India,Nepal, Sri Lanka
and
Europe that I realized Sanatana
Dharma
had noglobalvoiceand no network
of
communication.
6
HINDUISM
TODAY. JAUARY
,
1997
Hindus in
Durban
had no ideawhatwashappeningwithHindus
in
Canada.Those in London had no connectionwiththeir brothers andsistersin Kath mandu. Hindus in India thought therewerenoneelsewhere.Thus, Iwasdivine
ly
directed by inner orders from our
Yo-
gaswami KailasaParampara, by mySatguru in this life,
to
create ameans
to
interconnectHindusworldwiae.Theeditorialpolicies I havelaiddown for
the
mathavasis are:
to
showbothsides
of
every story;
to
putforwardreligiousleaders
of
allHindusectsequally,ac knowledgingtheircentralrole in the future
of
Dharma;
to
bring into theconsciousness
bf
Hindusandonlookers thegloriesof this most ancient religion
~n
the
planet;
to
supporttradition and its maturityinto contemporarytimes;
to
maintaina strictnonpolitical point
of
view,meaning not takingsides;
to
giveavoice
to
cultural,artisticandspiritualleaders as well as
to
't
hecommon woman,man and youth.
In
summary,our monastic orderhascommitteditself
to
foster Hindu solidarity asa "unity
in.
diversity"amongall sectsand lineages;
to
inform and inspire Hindusworldwideandpeople interested
in
Hinduism;
to
dispel myths, illusions and misinformationaboutHinduism;
to
protect,preserve and promote
the
Hindu religion
and
to
nUl
;tureatrulyspiritualHindu renaissance.
It
s
the duty
of
my monastics
to
continuemaintaining
HINDUIS
~
TODAY
as our way
of
givingback
an
infinitesimal
partof
whatthisprofound heritage has given us,
to
be
a reliablevoice,
to
speak
to
the
~any
needs
of
all Hindus,
to
defend
ahimsa,
noninjury,
to
persist asa globalpresence, a resource
of
Indian spirituality 
to
bring forth
the
ancient Vedic arts and sciences
and
.promote the
Vedas
as the number-one scripture
of
Hinduism.
By
all this wemayempowerthe nextgeneration
to
come up strong in the richness
of
theiF heritage,
with
well-definedmetaphysicsapplicable
to
modern life,givingthemsecurity andfaith in theirworkplace,in the corporate office, factory, field,oras a small businessman,
en
trepreneur, politidanor scientist.Theseareambitiousgoals,
but
wehave found and trained,as
of
1997,over 100 skilled and articulate lay people around the globe
to
help make it all happen monthaftermonth.
Jai
Vasara Hindutva, jai,jai,jai.
..
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SatguruSivayaSubramunlyaswaml
at
his Ha:*ai Ashram:
toh
is
right are Achary
as
Veylanswami,Palaniswami,
Ce
yonswami, Kumarswami;hen(clockwise)
Tya
gisKath
irswal11i,
S
/ I a
n 1 ~u
ga
-
1 I a ~
l
wswa
n
u
,
S k
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l Q s w a ~ n t , . 
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etJ
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war
/l1
,
~ 1 . u n
L
~ a s w a .
m
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Arumugaswami
and
Muruganatlwsu;ami.Sta
nd
ingbehind(left
to
rig
ht
,
in ye
ll
ow
)arc YogisRishinatlw,Tapodluma,
V
a t r a g a
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at~la,
Ekanatha and Kasinat/w. Sttingmfront(left o
ng
lI
t,
til
w
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t e
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Yug
an
at/
lO,
Ty
ag
an
at/
O,
T/Ondunath
a,
Hot
ra
natha,
Adin
at
/
O,
Ha
ranandinathaandJ
ot
hinat
ii
a
TraCing anEvolution
After
18
years
as
a newspaper,we've reincarnated as a magazine
1979:
HIN
DUI
SMTo-
to
new quarters;DAY a quarterly,
is
adoptsnewspaperfounded in Hawaiisize,international as "abridge betweencharacter.Eastand West.",Monkstrainedin typesettingandthegraphic arts.
1981,
Oct:
The in
;;-
house journalmoves
I'
1985,
Sept:
Spot co
l-
oradded,andwe startpublishingeverytwo
motJ.ths
.
1986,
July:
HT
goescompletelY digitalwith
i
nnovativeMacintoshcomputers,tossing out
o15so-
lete photo-imagingtechnology.
1987,
July:
,,-
-MacConnectionhonors
H.T
for its'innovati
v:
eDesktopPublishing.
Big
Bucks Award;well, $500 was alot backthen.
~ple
Comput
er
,impressedwith HT's use
of
Mac"empowermenttools," flies team
to
Kauai
to
capturefirst-ever pl1blicationsnetwork for aworldwide Appletrainingvideo.
1987:
HT
goesmonthly,addsnew features,moreco
lo
r.
1988,Oct:
Nine1ustinventedMac lIs added
to
enHanceHawaii's largest publishing network.
,
1989,
August:
Uniquefranchise systemdeveloped
to
print
paper in South.Africa,Mauritius, UK,Holland,India andMalaysia.
1992:
Wow!
Fullcolor explodesonthe desktop.
1994:
HT
(andthe
Vedas)
publishedelectronicallyontheWeb,hailed by
Pub-
li
sher's Weekly
and
YopaJournal
as
content-richsite viSitedby thousands
v.:
eekly.
1995:
HT
acquiresblazing-fast 9500Macintoshes. Everymonk has
robes,
japa
mala
and Power Mac.
1996,
Dec:
Newspa
per
transforms intomagazine. New journalists andphotographersappear.Lots
of
gain,
so
where's thepain?
JANUARY
,
1997
HINDUISM
TODAY
7
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