January/February 2010

Hare Krishna devotees are known around the world for the public singing of the Hare Krishna mantra. Singing is one form of chanting, as devotees usually refer to the utterance of God’s names. The other is the more private, meditative chanting on beads, used to keep track of the number of mantras chanted and as an aid to concentration.

Chanting on beads, called japa, is essential to the practice of bhakti-yoga. Understanding that Krishna, the Supreme Lord, is fully present in the sound of His name, sincere chanters constantly strive to improve the purity of their japa. In “Creating a Culture of Pure Chanting,” Arcana Siddhi Devi Dasi tells of her experiences while attending a retreat dedicated to improving japa.

Another highlight of this issue is our story on Bhaktivedanta Hospital in Mumbai. Named for the founder of the Hare Krishna movement, the hospital is staffed by medical professionals who adhere to his teachings and offer patients the best in both physical and spiritual care.

“From Village to Village,” another article set in India, tells of the efforts of Rupa Raghunatha Dasa to carry the teachings of Krishna consciousness to his country’s villagers, who welcome him and his party with great respect and enthusiasm.

Hare Krishna.—Nagaraja Dasa, Editor

Articles this month:

Bhakti: Life’s Highest Goal

By Vishakha Devi Dasi In the stage of pure devotion, one can rightfully say, "I am Krishna's, and Krishna is ...
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Increase Your Love for Krishna

By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhuapada Lecture given in Vrindavan, India, October 28, 1976 Human civilization should ...
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From Village to Village

By Murari Gupta Dasa A devotee tries some new—and some old—methods to teach Krishna consciousness in the villages of his ...
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Ayurveda and the Science of Spiritual Relationships

By Satyaraja Dasa Aspects of the Ayurvedic theory of medicine serve as a fit metaphor for the various relationships the ...
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Where Medicine Blends with Devotion

By Vraja Vihari Dasa In the heart of Mumbai, a hospital with a difference. July 11, 2006, 7:30 P.M. Bhaktivedanta ...
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Creating a Culture of Pure Chanting

By Arcana Siddhi Devi Dasi Reflections after a five-day retreat dedicated to japa, the meditative chanting of Krishna's holy names. In 1974 ...
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