I am writing in reference to your back page cover of the April 1973 edition of the magazine "AND IT IS DIVINE." I am convinced the person who took the time to write this slanderous persecution of white enriched bread is of little knowledge. If this type of publication is "Divine" and the entire contents of the magazine are written by people with such little knowledge, it most certainly would give reason to doubt the legitimacy of the entire contents.
I believe that it would be worthy to research what the enrichment of white bread since 1941 has contributed to this nation in helping to eliminate nutritional deficiency diseases.
We feel certain after this research that a back page cover should tell the truth. That would be "Divine!"
THE W.E. LONG CO., I.B.C.
Thomas H. Bell
The information given in the public service announcement concerning nutrition that Mr. Bell is referring to was correct. Readers may see, "The Chemical Feast," Ralph Naders' Group Study Report on the FDA, by James S. Turner, Holt Rinehart and Winston; and also "Food Pollution, The Violation of Our Inner Ecology," by Gene Marine and Judith Van Allen, Grossmann Publishers.
To the Editor, And It Is Divine:
In the April issue of AIID your article about women was interesting but incomplete. You omitted the point of view of a large number of women in the movement such as lesbians and radical feminists. As one who was involved in the movement over the last five years, I'd like to give my expression of the radical feminist perspective.
Radical feminists don't consider the fate of the Equal Rights Amendment to be of particular import. Radical feminists realize that the real problems at issue in our society will never be changed by legislation. They also realize that giving women an "equal opportunity with men" in no way deals with the more fundamental problems of greed and hatred and war and poverty and hunger and pain and alienation and loneliness that we are experiencing on a global scale, men and women alike.
Radical feminism projects nothing less than a total vision of a future society based upon the human values of community, dignity, joy, understanding, meaning, and love. To me the real worth of the movement is in the values it embodies and the services it provides. "Feminism" is not limited to women. It is a frame of consciousness that values personal identity, collective action, full participation of everyone in the process of change, the importance of inner feelings and direct personal experience, creativity, space to experiment and change and grow, strength together with gentleness, an end to the confusion of "sex" with another person, a deeper and unexploitative expression of sexuality, a joy and spontaneity in the experiencing of life.
To these ends women's centers around the country are providing such services as day-care centers, schools, counseling, assault and rape services, health care projects, legal advice and action, collectives centered around music, art, theatre, and many other direct, practical activities. In all these things the value is on the method of change, which is one of collective participation and learning from practical action in the world. "Liberation" is not something that happens "after the revolution" but is itself the process of personal and social change.
In the last year I have become a devotee of Guru Maharaj Ji. To me there is no greater embodiment of my "feminist" ideals than He. Right now His organization, Divine United Organization, DUO, is sowing the seeds of that very future society of love I imagined and worked for, for so long. Whatever imperfections we may experience in this organization with regard to the subtle issues of oppression due to sex, there is in DUO an openness, a willingness, and an energy for change that I have nowhere else experienced.
Now let us encourage a heightened awareness many groups struggling toward the goal of serving humanity with whom we can serve hand in hand.
Divine Organization of Women
I used to read magazines like Life and Time to find out what was going on in the world. AND IT IS DIVINE is now beginning to fill that need. I found out more than I had ever known concerning a number of topics by reading your articles on Vietnam and Wounded Knee. Unlike the objective yet "on the surface" reporting of Time and Life, you are showing the spirit of the people involved, their real soul, more than just what they are doing.
Another fascinating thing is the way in which each issue demonstrates the relationship between science and religion, as in the article on Uri Geller. Science is trying to reach a goal, but doesn't know what the goal is. The more you read these articles, you see that science is reaching for the same point that Guru Maharaj Ji is showing.
Actually, the best thing about this magazine is the satsang of Shri Guru Maharaj Ji and Shri Bal Bhagwan Ji because it's the final goal of what all the other articles are pointing to. For instance, the political articles cover what's going on in the world and point to what is wrong. By interviewing the people involved you show how these people are actually reaching for something. Science is also trying to get to a place where everything is explained. And this magazine is the only place to find that: you go through all those articles and they put all these questions in your mind. Then you read the satsang of Guru Maharaj Ji and the Holy Family and you can see that there is an answer to those questions.
The writing in earlier issues was pretty unprofessional and sketchy, but the professionalism is developing and the articles are becoming very informative. There are, though, lots of articles that are too short. I would like to see topics developed more in the way that the article on Uri Geller was.
Also, it would be good to have some consciousness-raising fiction like some of the earlier science fiction stories.
This magazine is so mind-blowing that it is really hard to find criticisms and I'm sure it will continue upward.
I have just finished reading your article on the Indian uprising in Wounded Knee, and I find that I have the feeling that you are treating the Indian problem with some disrespect.
It seems that all the media have felt that the Wounded Knee story was an entirely manufactured situation, and the scanty coverage given it by AND IT IS DIVINE provides no exception.
Since your article was printed there have been two murders of Indians by the government and many "political" arrests have been made. Even some of those that you interviewed are now behind bars, and the situation has passed from mildly serious to critical. Your article seemed to play the Indian situation as a spiritual revival by a bunch of savages, which is entirely incorrect. The Indians are on the verge of violence that will pall the old massacres of the west.
Good journalism presents the story with as little bias as possible. It is time that the media and all America take the American Indian and his problems more seriously before it is too late!
Your philosophy makes "intellectual sense" to me. This country, as you know, has a Judeo-Christian beginning. There is the fear of worshipping the wrong God. I know, it is all so simple, God is love. But Christians are too afraid to reach out, explore and listen. They might respond to the "God Is Love" slogan more readily than "Guru Maharaj Ji is coming," or at least incorporate it in such a way that it will lessen Christian fear. I have searched for twelve years and there is no doubt in my mind that love is the life- giving force in this universe. Albert Einstein said it in his letter to a rabbi. "We are part of the whole, something we call universe, limited in time and space. Our consciousness is sort of an optical illusion of our inner feelings. Our task must be to free ourselves by trying to love every other living thing. Of course, it is not always possible to do this, but it is the route toward true inner security."
I wish to see this world go the right way. Perhaps emphasis in this direction would break down some barriers.
Very truly yours,
Barbara Ruby Banis