March/April 2008

The bulk of this issue focuses on the history and current status of the Hare Krishna movement in the former Soviet Union. In 1971, Srila Prabhupada spent only a few days in Moscow. But there he met a young Russian who would become his disciple and spearhead the rapid underground growth of Krishna consciousness in the U.S.S.R.

Despite persecution, the “Soviet Hare Krishnas” pressed on, and since the fall of Communist rule, the Hare Krishna movement in the Commonwealth of Independent States has grown exponentially. In “Checkmate: ISKCON’s Victory in Russia,” Satyaraja Dasa traces the history of ISKCON from Prabhupada’s visit up to the present-day breakthrough in Moscow, where Hare Krishna devotees have finally received land and permission to build a magnificent temple.

Two of the main driving forces behind the Moscow temple project are Bhakti Vijnana Goswami and Brahmananda Puri Dasa. Urmila Devi Dasi’s “Two Seeds that Grew in Iron” tells how each came to Krishna and flourished spiritually despite the oppressive atmosphere.

The book excerpt “A Taste of Salted Bread” reveals the courage and determination of Krishna devotees who risked everything to bring Krishna’s message to a land under atheistic rule.

Hare Krishna.—Nagaraja Dasa, Editor

Articles this month:

Checkmate: ISKCON’s Victory in Russia

By Satyaraja Dasa Hare Krishna devotees in Moscow are working to build a stunning Vedic temple and cultural center. A ...
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Two Seeds that Grew in Iron

By Urmila Devi Dasi Two leaders of the Moscow temple project flourished in devotion to Krishna behind the Iron Curtain ...
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A Taste of Salted Bread

By Sarvabhavana Dasa In the former Soviet Union, Hare Krishna devotees risked being imprisoned and tortured for distributing Srila Prabhupada's ...
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