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Dear Reader,

Sai Ram. We hope you liked our inaugural issue. It was put together in great hurry because we wanted to be up on Vinayaka Chathurthi day. We managed it by the skin of our teeth as they say, thanks of course to Ganesha's Grace. The mag did not quite come out the way we wanted it to, but we were thankful that it did!

We were delighted to see that just one day later, a devotee in far away Paraguay [wonder how many know that such a country exists, and if they do, where exactly it is!] wrote back to say how thrilled he was. We were even more thrilled, that's all we can say!

We certainly are not going to relax; on the contrary, our work begins now. There are so many things we want to do to make you all happy and fill you with Ananda, but unfortunately, there are practical limitations as of now. But we are sure Swami will make all the things we want to do, actually happen.

If you don't believe us, just read the cover story. It amplifies the point made in our inaugural editorial about how Swami has been adding new dimensions all the time. One thing we wish to make clear is that this journal is different from the rest in many ways. One can basically think of 3 types of journals or magazines. 1) The Publisher dishes it out, and the readers just read; may be the mag will accept letters to the editor. 2) At the other end are the scientific journals where all the contributions are from the community outside and the editorial office just does the screening [through a refereeing procedure] and then arranges for publication. 3) Finally there are mags that accept contributions from readers. In the old days, there were many such, for example the famous Saturday Evening Post. We sort of fit into the third category, except that our orientation is entirely spiritual. Wonder if there is any other mag in the world today that does a similar job.

What we are trying to say is that the success of this mag will depend on you and us working together. It is OUR mag and that is because you and we are ONE, to use Swami's words! As you read through this issue, we are sure you will get a good idea of what we are driving at. Besides this, we are dropping hints all over the place about how we can do this together.

By the way, we can work together only if we keep in touch with each other constantly. So, stay in touch. And that is easy to do, because we are only one mouse click away. Which raises a thought - what would Vinayaka say about using the name of His vehicle for something totally different? Think about it!

God Bless. Jai Sai Ram.

SGH Team.


Volume : PDS / 02 Date : SEPT 15 2003