Lalitamba is a journal of contemporary spiritual literature. The name was inspired by a bhajan sung nightly on a pilgrimage through India, “Lalitamba, Lalitamba.” Lalitamba is a name for the Goddess, the loving mother who protects the universe.
From page to page, you’ll find writings of saints, wanderers, prison inmates, and award-winning authors. These are the mystics of our time. They challenge us to live and to love without hesitation. Find out more at www.lalitamba.com or http://www.newpages.com/literary-magazines/lalitamba.htm.
The current issue, Lalitamba 5, includes translation and commentary by Coleman Barks, as well as Haiku-inspired poetry by Sensei Gregory Hosho Abels and devotional verse by Janine Canan.
An interview with Jayanta Mahapatra offers a glimpse into the life and inspiration of one of today s most beloved Indian English poets. Meanwhile, painter Pat Lipsky shares her thoughts on Proust, stained glass windows, and jazz.
“One thing also will help you. You just write from the level and tilt to a little higher level. If you can, go towards God . . . That should be our goal. Don’t you think so?”
In the Sri Lalita Sahasranama, the Goddess is named as she who dwells in a palace built of gemstone that grants all blessings. The wish-fulfilling gem is called chintamani. In a poetic sense, we think of books as chintamani, fulfilling all wishes by opening us to the truth of ultimate freedom. Lalitamba magazine is published by Chintamani Books. Through the ashram’s Library Outreach Project, copies of the journal are donated to hospitals, prisons, and shelters throughout the United States.