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July/August 2020

WELCOME  The photos illustrating the cover story for this issue were taken at the 2020 Radhadesh Mellows Kirtan Festival in Belgium. Over the last dozen or so years, kirtana festivals have become an important part of the culture of the Hare Krishna movement. As evidence of the spiritual power of the Lord’s names, devotees who attend these festivals, which usually last from one to three days, spend many hours each day joyfully singing the Hare Krishna maha-mantra.

“Chanting,” whether by singing or by uttering the holy name while counting on japa beads, is at the heart of the practice of bhakti-yoga, whose goal is to awaken our love for Krishna. In this issue, Gaura Sharana Dasa’s “Steer Your Life Guided by Wisdom” and Tirumala Devi Dasi’s “The Spiritual Highway” both stress the importance of understanding life’s goal and striving to attain it. The title of the book excerpt in this issue says what we can expect as we pursue that goal: “Maya Is Going to Test You.”

In his opening lecture, Srila Prabhupada tells us to “Prepare to Go to Krishna,” and Urmila Devi Dasi, in “Devotional Surrender: An Embracing of Truth,” writes that Krishna mercifully responds to our earnest attempts to take refuge in Him.

Hare Krishna. – Nagaraja Dasa, Editor

Articles this month:

Absurdity, Abdication, and Abuse: Lessons from the Mahabharata

Like Dhritarashtra, all who are blinded by their attachments invite misfortune upon themselves. By Chaitanya Charana Dasa Dhritarashtra’s actions demonstrate ...

Steer Your Life Guided by Wisdom

he benefit of having a human body over an animal body is the ability to direct our life toward a ...

An Eventful Tour: Lessons from Krishna’s Entrance into Mathura

When the young village cowherd enters the big city, He flouts the law and order of its evil king. By ...

Maya Is Going to Test You

What seem like obstacles on our spiritual path are all part of Krishna’s merciful plan for our progress. By Mahatma ...

The Science of Chanting: Going Beyond Mere Syllables

If anyone eager for devotional service utters the holy name even partially or improperly, the holy name exhibits its spiritual ...

The Spiritual Highway

Aspiring devotees may experience traffic congestion of a different kind – traffic congestion within the heart. By Tirumala Devi Dasi ...

Devotional Surrender: An Embracing of Truth

If we examine the real meaning of “surrender” to Krishna, we will find the concept to be dynamic and reciprocal ...

Royal Duty, Divine Duty

A newcomer to the UK finds inspiration in the Queen’s example. By Vishakha Devi Dasi Queen Elizabeth’s devotion to duty ...

Prepare to Go to Krishna

Srila Prabhupada explains that only the foolish person doesn’t know that we are all on the threshold of death. By ...