This issue coincides with the annual festival of Janmashtami, celebrating the divine appearance of Lord Krishna on earth more than fifty centuries ago. In “Sri Krishna Janmashtami: The Advent of the Deliverer,” Karuna Dharini Devi Dasi explains how Lord Krishna’s “birth” is unlike that of us ordinary living beings, who are born by the force of Krishna’s material energy.

In February, Lord Krishna made another appearance, this time in His deity form in the new Hare Krishna temple in Aravade. Tattvavit Dasa writes about the significance of this new temple in a rural area of Maharashtra. Tens of thousands of villagers attended the opening ceremonies in an atmosphere saturated with the sound of the Lord’s holy names.

Chanting Hare Krishna always plays a prominent role at temple openings, as it does during any Hare Krishna function, because it forms the core of devotees’ spiritual practice. In “Kirtana-Yoga and the Maha-mantra,” Satyaraja Dasa writes about the history, practice, and results of chanting the holy names.

The goal of chanting is awakening our natural love for Krishna, and in “Exploring Love,” Vishakha Devi Dasi tells why loving Krishna is the solution to our struggles to love and to be loved.

Hare Krishna.—Nagaraja Dasa, Editor

Articles this month:

Learn from the Self-Controlled

By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada Lecture given in Los Angeles, May 15, 1970 To be a ...

Kirtana-Yoga and the Maha-Mantra

By Satyaraja Dasa Kirtana is a simple and effective way to commune with God. The word kirtana means "praise" or "glory" ...

Finding India’s Spiritual Culture in America

By Ishvara Puri Dasa An Indian immigrant to America discovers the true substance of the religion of his youth. I ...

Cultivating an Empathetic Heart

By Archana Siddhi Devi Dasi Developing the quality of empathy has many benefits for aspiring devotees of the Lord. When ...

Sri Krishna Janmashtami: The Advent of the Deliverer

By Karuna Dharini Devi Dasi Unlike us, Lord Krishna arrives in this world by His own sweet will. As infants, ...

Exploring Love

By Vishakha Devi Dasi What is love? Where is it? And how can we get it? Love, we are told, ...

ISKCON Aravade: A New Temple for a Rural District

By Tattvavit Dasa Villagers are invited to serve Krishna while staying in the lap of nature. In February, a temple ...