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
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
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
God Bless. Jai Sai Ram.