Category Archives: Confessions

Constructive criticism

When someone recently wrote to express how they felt about The Vessel Magazine, it sparked an enthusiastic, passionate response from the entire team, that clearly expounds, once again, what this magazine stands for and why it is being written the way it is. Also that it will continue to be a titillating work in progress, which will “improve” and become more humorous with our collectively growing maturity.
The subscriber who offered feedback after reading the magazine almost from beginning to end, was overcome by a feeling of heaviness and a reluctance to continue. “I think it was the cumulative effect of so much negativity – I hesitate to use this word but cannot at this moment find a substitute. Perhaps “criticism” would be more appropriate. (…) I am talking about the way I felt after taking on board a solid dose of such readings. (…) I feel that what is aimed at is not an easy thing by any means – putting some aspect of Truth into words without reducing the message. (…) I venture to suggest that what may be missing from the Vessel is humour.”

One of the staff writers, Samarpan, admits that perhaps there is a lifelong backlog of feeling stored up in her, carried through into the articles: “I don’t want to sugar coat the pill any more, so perhaps for now I am in a phase of practising speaking out about the unpalatable to attempt to express the sorts of things I have spent a life time glossing over, pretending that things were okay, stuffing down and hiding unease, discounting feelings in order not to upset the status quo. I trust I will grow through it, and out of it, into a place of greater good humour! To criticise, while remaining in the heart is a practice, a skill I am practising.”
Editor of the Vessel Magazine, Arohananda Ma, emphasizes that the magazine is not necessarily here to seduce the public with our wit and entertainment qualities, but rather with an intelligent and sober observation of how the world is being affected by the individual demise. “And, no, there is no solution to these sober observations. There is only utter conversion of the Heart. The writers are being “trained” and asked to think for themselves along their own understanding of current affairs relative to their study/practice with Spiritual Master YanchiGuruji,” says Arohananda Ma. She goes on to point out that The Vessel Magazine will always work towards reflecting what we are about, which is practical, spiritually political and sustainable at a Humanitarian level: all the things that should be manifest out of Real Love.
Says Arohananda Ma: “I know this Way of Life takes profound transformation and it is gutsy and real; all the things that people do not consider spiritual! In all the years i have been alive, i never considered people with Gurus or Masters as Fierce creatures, intent on seeing Life as it is. They were always portrayed in the romantic, spacey versions of “love and consciousness” and some floaty, pure, polite pretty thing, which i know is bullshit and an absolute avoidance.”
One of the staff writers, Linda Bremford, says: “It does not feel bleak to me when Guruji writes of how lawful humankind’s
predicament now is – but it does not always feel that good when I encounter the boulders in my own throat and consider how i have lived, stuffing down what I have really wanted to speak about. I don’t intend to drive readers into further despair with any articles, yet have felt that justification is so hypnotic in our society that it needs real force to jolt anyone even a little bit awake.
Penny, another of the Vessel writers does not find the truth about our current worldly situation bleak either : “It is the truth. If we do not face up to that, our lives and indeed conditions will soon be extremely bleak. I feel the purpose of the Vessel is partly to stimulate people to think for themselves, ask themselves the questions about how they are living and if it is genuinely in harmony and alignment with their own deepest feelings and truth. A solution cannot be prescribed. We are, hopefully, creating that as we go – and to give a solution is just to become another authority figure providing precepts for others to follow, rather than to encourage people to take responsibility for their own lives.”
Personally, as a writer of the Vessel, i am always aware of the tightrope between being provocative (to the point of driving the reader to ask the question: but then how do i live?), while on the other hand wanting to prevent them abandoning reading the articles because there is not enough consolation and solutions in them. This is my challenge and i am not saying i succeed, but it is what i strive for. And to the degree that I am able to deliver the message with humour, will depend on the degree that Real Humour has become Real of me.
The naked facts of conventional, conditional life are unpalatable, and unless i already have a leaning towards Truth, i will not be interested in reading the Vessel from cover to cover. This will not prevent us from expanding distribution, because that will be driven by our enthusiasm to get this Wise Voice out there.

Sitara Morgenster (on behalf of the Vessel Team.)