Several of our articles reveal the impact of Covid-19 on the Hindus of the world. Our publisher, Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, offers some keys to using the lockdown’s gift of time (no commutes) to develop plans for a better future. One of our youth writers describes her family’s digital wedding (it went surprisingly well) and we dedicate our 16-page educational Insight to the little ones, publishing chapters from our most recent illustrated book for kids. It’s called “Lion Sage” and is the story of a wise lion who becomes the guru of a curious mystical mouse. Many profound doctrines are introduced in a series of fun tales.
Our correspondent in Bengaluru, Choodie Sivaram, takes us to the world’s richest temple, Padmanabhaswami in Kerala, where the management has just been returned to the royal family following a long legal battle that ended up in the highest court. With assets worth billions of US dollars, this was a huge win for Hindu holy sites and a good precedent for freeing the thousands of temples that suffer under government supervision.
Photographer and writer Dev Agarwal takes us down the Ganges River, the part below Haridwar that is seldom showcased. He follows the water for some 600 miles, all the way to Varanasi, showing us how people live in the river delta.
The folk art of Maitila is explored. It’s an art form that began with painted walls in Rajasthan, then morphed to canvas. Now a group of talented and savvy women are changing it again, this time by building an art center and applying their ancestral graphic genius to create many items: calendars, cards, dolls and saleable goodies. Their work is bringing the Maitili art back to life.
The young writers were allowed to select their own subjects, and you will see their evolving craft in articles on building Shivaji forts in the US, and a surprising piece that explores the Hindu knowledge of John Adams, America’s second President who knew more about the shastras than you would think.
Other articles include an editorial on families studying the Gita online, interviews with Hindus discussing the tough issues they face living and growing up in America. The popular Quotes & Quips section with humor, cartoons and sagely sayings; Global Dharma with mini-stories from around the world; and Digital Dharma, which introduces our own Hinduism Today mobile app, so you can read years of features online while waiting for an Uber. It’s a rich issue, with something for everyone.