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Srila Prabhupada founded the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) in New York City in 1966. In the 1950s, before his ocean voyage to America in 1965, he had started the League of Devotees in Jhansi, in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Though he had to abandon that project, one outcome of it was that a deity of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu he acquired during that time ended up being installed in the temple of one of his godbrothers. Satyaraja Dasa tells the story in this issue.

Unlike his short-lived League of Devotees, Prabhupada’s ISKCON spread throughout the world and continues to grow. From India, especially, come regular reports of impressive ISKCON temples rising in cities throughout the country. In this issue we learn about the opening of a grand temple in Punjab and the obstacles the devotees there overcame to make it a reality.

ISKCON’s growth may be seen as running counter to the general decline in religious faith that Vishakha Devi Dasi writes about in “The Morphing of Faith.” Srila Prabhupada’s mission, whether in launching the League of Devotees or ISKCON, was always to present Lord Krishna and His teachings without adulteration. Millions of people around the world have found their faith in God awakened or invigorated as a result of his determined efforts.