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The Evolution of Lightwaves

February 24, 2009 by claire

As with all of us who encounter the teachings, web communications at the Ashram are currently in a state of evolution. As a first step, Lightwaves is changing in order to bring information and inspiration on more of a regular basis to the worldwide community of people who have been inspired by Swami Radha’s teachings.

Since the first issue of Lightwaves came out in February of 2006, we have been changing and evolving. A big change occurred in May of 2007 when we switched over to a new publishing platform and a new design. Lightwaves is about to undergo another leap forward, as we change from our incarnation as an interactive newsletter to create more of an up-to-date content feed. subscribe circledAfter this issue of Lightwaves, we will be publishing content as it comes, every few days on a regular basis. You can sign up to receive an email notice whenever a new post is published on the Lightwaves home page. If you want to continue to be notified about Lightwaves content, make sure you do subscribe, as the Lightwaves announcement mailer will not be getting sent out anymore.

The second step in the web communications shift is that we will be creating a monthly email newsletter to replace and expand upon the Lightwaves mailer. The newsletter will focus on bringing you news and events from the ashram and from Radha Centers around the world. This is where we need your help! We are inviting global Radha Community members to send us news for publication in our first newsletter. (Please send your submissions to (There is a separate field on the Lightwaves homepage to subscribe to the newsletter; however, you will receive it automatically if you are on the Lightwaves mailing list and have been receiving the Lightwaves notification email.)

We will also be entering the world of podcasting. Through this medium, we will be able bring you longer and more in-depth content from the ashram. For example, you will be able to download talks from Swami Radhananda and listen to them on your ipod as you commute. Watch for more news of this upcoming feature.

The third step is that the Ashram’s website will be undergoing a transformation – design of the new site is already underway.

And… for those of you on Facebook, our fan site is always expanding and is a wonderful way to stay engaged and connected with other people whose lives have been touched by the teachings.

We appreciate your feedback as we undergo this period of change – what is working? do you have any suggestions?  As always, we invite you to get involved and keep connecting back.  Share your thoughts in the comments field or by writing directly to us.

Namaste, The Lightwaves team



  1. Bring on the podcasts! Great idea!

    Comment by Kevin — February 24, 2009 @ 8:03 pm

  2. I like the idea of a…what-do-you-call-it…”content feed”. It’s like picking up a favorite magazine every few days and reading one article, savoring and stretching out enjoyment of the publication. ( I may be old fashioned but I like to read.) I especially enjoy Swami Durgananda’s offerings on ashram history.

    One thing I miss is names of people. Maybe this is an American thing but I like to know who the Lightwaves “team” is. Can you sign the…issues? Makes it more personal.

    I don’t know about commuting with an ipod if it’s done by car. Studies have shown that attention being drawn away from driving increases the risk of accidents significantly.

    Much gratitude for all your creativity and technological wonders put into this project! I’m looking forward to your next steps.

    Comment by Swami Yasodananda — February 25, 2009 @ 10:34 am

  3. Thanks for the feedback Swami Yasodananda – It’s good to hear that people appreciate the written articles as well as the multimedia content (I’m also old-fashioned and like to read). We’ve been meeting a lot about Lightwaves and that’s one thing that came up – to not be so anonymous. We’re in the process of creating author profiles in the publishing platform but I just had a look around and can’t see where that author name actually shows up! I’ll work on that. The other thing to do is as you suggest, just sign the articles. :)

    Comment by claire — February 27, 2009 @ 11:19 am

  4. I am most excited about the new format. I just returned from 3 months in India and it was difficult to settle down and absorb the Lighwaves content. However, having more frequent gems will be a true gift. May I add that India is truly Mother India and I often felt her shawl comforting, expanding my experience and reminding me to be grateful and present.

    Comment by Carol Morgan — February 28, 2009 @ 10:06 am

  5. I have a minor suggestion, it’s not really specific to Lightwaves althought it may be one way to distribute the idea.

    While I was at the ashram to be more organized and to try and figure out what was going on or coming up, I put all the events (Retreats, Intensives, etc.) for the year into an iCal Calendar (as well as for the not-so-much-changing Karma Yoga schedule).

    So I suggest publishing (or just posting) a calendar or two for whats going on at the Ashram. iCal calendars, I’m assuming, will only work with Macs (I haven’t used a windows machine in awhile) but I think you can probably do something similar with Outlook or whatever else is available with microsoft.


    p.s. Then you can sync it to your iPod/iPhone and stay up to date anywhere… (goes along with the podcasts)

    Comment by Liam — March 2, 2009 @ 5:43 pm

  6. I’m really looking forward to podcasts. I often listen to news when driving, or other kinds of podcasts when walking, and have been wishing I’d have ‘radha’ content available for this.
    Thanks to everyone involved!

    Comment by Faith Hayflich — March 2, 2009 @ 7:32 pm

  7. Thanks for the suggestions Liam!

    Comment by claire — March 3, 2009 @ 8:55 am

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