Back to Godhead January/February 2009

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January/February 2009

In this issue we read a report on last year's cow-protection conference held in the Czech Republic and attended by Hare Krishna farmers from around Europe. Cow protection is fundamental to the spiritual culture promoted by India's ancient scriptures, and His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada wanted his disciples to protect cows and bulls by engaging them in their natural work on farms. Several Hare Krishna farms in Europe are making steady progress toward self-sufficiency based on ox power and cows.

In "Power Struggles," Kapila Monet writes about another kind of power-the power to control, which drives the materialist. He describes how the thirst for power can never be quenched until one surrenders to Lord Krishna, the source of all power.

We're dependent on Krishna for the power to accomplish anything, material or spiritual. When a small group of devotees in Panama desired to honor Him by holding a grand Rathayatra festival, He empowered them with success.

From the other side of the world, Lokanath Swami tells us about the seventeenth-century saint Tukarama, empowered by the Lord to spread the chanting of the holy names in western India.

Hare Krishna.- Nagaraja Dasa, Editor.


Hare Krishna farmers meet to discuss cow protection, ox power, and other aspects of self-sufficiency.


How the spiritual practice of chanting the holy names of God spread in western India in the seventeenth century.


Thanks to the combined efforts of a small group of devotees, Panamanians get to see the Lord of the Universe.a


A close call with death and other events in her life helped prepare her for the wisdom of the Bhagavad-gita.