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March/April 2010

Lord Krishna's first lesson to Arjuna in the Bhagavad-gita is "You're not the body; you're an eternal spiritual being." When Arjuna hears this, he wonders, "Does that mean I need to give up everything and go off somewhere to meditate?" It's a natural question.

Arjuna asks Krishna for guidance. Krishna tells him that he should keep working but spiritualize his occupation by connecting it to Him. Krishna repeats this point throughout the Gita, making it one of the book's central lessons.

In this issue, three articles deal with the subject of work and Krishna consciousness: "Hold On!" "Krishna's Economics: 1 – 1 = 1," and "All Work and No Pray Makes Our Lives Wasted." These articles contain valuable insights into how to keep Krishna at the center of our lives as we go to work each day.

In this issue you'll also hear about a devotee couple who decided on a different course for their lives. Inspired by Srila Prabhupada's vision and instructions, they rejected entering the workforce and instead dedicated themselves fully to spreading Krishna consciousness. They relied on Krishna for their maintenance, and He provided. A gorgeous temple in Utah stands as a testament to their devotion and Krishna's blessings.

Hare Krishna.—Nagaraja Dasa, Editor


A stunning Rajasthani-style Hare Krishna temple in Utah draws fifty thousand visitors a year.


How the solid forms of Krishna's energy can remind us of Him.


In the sweltering Dubai sun, an engineer contemplates the difference between meaningful and meaningless work.


Hard economic times inspire reflections on Krishna, His devotees, and money.


Like so many others, her intense desire to understand God's teachings led her to Srila Prabhupada's books.


A devotee in turmoil over the seeming conflict between his job and his spiritual life gets guidance during a temple visit.


A review of Lord Krishna's instructions on how to rise above the three material modes and enter the spiritual realm.


Srila Prabhupada explains that our misguided attempts to find happiness in this world lead only to more misery.