Back to Godhead January/February 2008

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January/February 2008

In this issue, Satyaraja Dasa shows that the Western concepts of monotheism, pantheism, and panentheism reflect teachings from the Bhagavad-gita, in many ways a compendium of Vedic thought.

Besides the Vedic culture’s deep theological tradition, another of its venerable aspects is the protection of cows from mistreatment and slaughter. In this issue, we get a report on the World Cow Conference, held last year in India. Some Hare Krishna devotees attended and learned more about the value of cow byproducts.

Elsewhere in India, Sitarama Dasa, from South Africa, tells how he found renewed attraction to Krishna and then a congenial place to serve the Lord: ISKCON’s new temple in Ujjain.

Serving Krishna, as Srila Prabhupada tells us in this issue, is the essence of our eternal spiritual identity. All that we do in life should align with who we really are.

One of the chief ways to serve Krishna is by chanting His names. Bir Krishna Swami suggests how we can enter more deeply into our chanting.

We can also serve the Lord’s form as the deity, at home or in a temple. An interview with an exemplary family from Mumbai shows how a low income need not hinder excellent service to the deity.

Hare Krishna.—Nagaraja Dasa, Editor

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A rabblerouser gives up his caustic rhetoric and finds peace in a new temple in the heart of India.…

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Guidance on how to enter deeper into Krishna’s holy names, in both our private and our public chanting.…

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Defining the Divine, East and West Conceptions of God similar to the Bhagavad-gita’s Brahman, Paramatma, Bhagavan, and Vishva-rupa appear in Western philosophy.…