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July/August 2015


In 1966, Srila Prabhupada led his followers in what was probably the first public chanting (kirtana) of Krishna’s names outside India. The three-hour kirtana in New York’s Tompkins Square Park attracted attention, and public kirtanas became a prominent feature of Prabhupada’s movement. For many people today, kirtanas are the face of the Hare Krishna movement. Along with Srila Prabhupada’s books, kirtanas are how people know us – and know what to call us.

When telling his countrymen about his movement’s success in the West, Prabhupada would often happily remark, “We are known there as ‘the Hare Krishna people.'” The public, and not Prabhupada, had come up with the phrase, and it accomplished what Prabhupada had set out to do – get people to chant Krishna’s holy names.

Our cover story is a pictorial on last year’s World Holy Name Week. Satyaraja Dasa’s “Harinama Sankirtana: Taking Krishna’s Name to the Streets” continues the theme of public kirtana, as does Chaitanya Carana Dasa’s “Rathayatra: When the Lord Comes Out, Let’s Invite Him In.” Though his article is not about kirtana per se, anyone who has attended any ISKCON “Chariot Festival” knows that the chanting of the Lord’s holy names is at the heart of this soul-changing event.

Hare Krishna. – Nagaraja Dasa, Editor

Articles this month:

The Spiritual Masters

By Suresvara Dasa Echoing the command of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, Srila Prabhupada urged his strict followers to become gurus and ...

Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s Mood of Worship

By His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada Founder-Acarya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness Lecture given in Mayapur, ...

My Sources of Inspiration

By Prema Vilasa Dasa A doctor in residency finds that the key to fulfilling the great American dream is not ...

Rathayatra: When the Lord Comes Out, Let’s Invite Him In

By Chaitanya Charana Dasa When the Lord of the universe rides His chariot along city streets throughout the world, beneath ...

World Holy Name Week

By Ekalavya Dasa September 24 - October 4, 2015. To find out how you can take part in this year's ...