Message from the Editors :
Gaby and I are saying goodbye as editors of the Journal. We have enjoyed collating, editing and publishing it since 2009, but we both feel it is time to hand this work over now to the next generation. If you like communicating with Haidakhandis from around the world, and keeping up to date with Babaji events and community gossip, new publications and inspirational teachings, plus enjoy editing, this might just be the job for YOU ! Sanjeev is kindly offering to continue to design and publish it and arrange for it to be printed in India, into the future. All we need is a new Editor ! We can truthfully say that Babaji and his teachings, and devotees experiences, touched us personally with each and every edition. We hope and wish the same for the next editor(s).
So, please ask yourself if you could be the new Editor or part of a new editorial team to take over the Journal (incorporating the Haidakhandi Samaj News) as a new venture.
If you feel so inspired, then you can make it what you want – a Journal, a Newsletter or whatever inspires you. We called it a Journal because we wanted to create something that was both a newsletter and a debating/discussion document on various themes.
A big thank you to Sanjeev for his encouragement of the Journal as Secretary of the Indian Samaj, and particularly for his taking over as designer and publisher of this edition. Heart-felt thanks and gratitude for the support of the Editorial Advisory Board of Alok, Raghu, Gayatri, Lok Nath, Kharku and Sanjeev. Particular thanks to Alok for his steady hand at the tiller, his humbleness and immense karma yoga. The Editorial Advisory Board have supported, encouraged, contributed and read through the journals before publication with such positivity and goodwill. Thank you also to Mukundi for her excellence in setting up and maintaining the Journal website on hi-journal.com . Finally thanks to all the many hundreds of contributors over the last ten years.
HI Journal 17 Editorial
In these many past Journals we have tended to have a multitude of personal, mystical experiences with Babaji. A more inspiring testimony of ‘Babaji’ may now involve writing more about what we do with it in the world today. That’s why we call the title of this Edition ‘Babaji Today’. Of course we should not reject stories of being with Babaji in the past, as they can inspire us and open our hearts to Him. But we also hear that they can alienate some people who had little or no experience of Babaji in body, and so feel less privileged, just as the VIP elitism at festivals alienates many. As Kharku writes: ‘Babaji teaches us to actively move into the future not live in the past.’ What counts is how we translate our current sadhana and our Navaratri and Gurupurnima experiences into our daily lives, the service we gift to others and the planet.
We are trying to redress the balance that up to now the journal has carried more of a Western than an Indian flavour. But it’s difficult as the editors live in the West and inevitably come with that cultural overlay. That is one of the reasons that in 2019 we are handing over the editorship hopefully to Mukundi, she’s French but spends a lot of her time in Haidakhan. She has created and maintained the Journal website: hi-journal.com and the Jai HO website: www.jai-ho.org. She is a natural designer and is eager to take over the editorship. Rob will support her throughout the transition period and hopefully beyond. Rob and Gaby have been editors (with our retro-Word programming!) since the Journal’s inception at a big meeting in Schweibenalp Gurupurnima in 2009. (10 years means ‘completion’). We all now need a new journal style or newsletter, new themes or no theme, a new format. (There will be one more in this style – Summer 2018).
The Haidakhandi International Journal (HIJ) is edited and published by Rob and Gaby in Oxford and supported by Jai HO and the Editorial Advisory Board of Alok, Sanjeev, Raghuvir, Gayatridevi, Lok Nath, and Kharku. Publication is on the websites: hi-journal.com/ and www.haidakhandisamaj.org. We often need to edit information sent to us for the purpose of shortening the length of articles or improving written English or presentation.
Please contact the Editors on email@example.com
Journal 18 will be published in August 2018 on a new theme to be suggested. Please send your country news, articles & letters
by July 31st 2018
This Journal is printed in India by the Haidakhandi Samaj.