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March/April 2015

WELCOME  The founder of the Hare Krishna movement, His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, sailed to America from India in 1965. He was on a mission to deliver an urgent two-part message to everyone in the world: perfect your life by becoming Krishna conscious, and give Krishna consciousness to others.

If you listen to audio recordings of Srila Prabhupada’s earliest Bhagavad-gita lectures in New York, you’ll find that right from the beginning – before he even had committed students – he was imploring his audience to spread Lord Krishna’s teachings around the world for the benefit of humanity. Before long, sincere followers began to travel and open centers. Inspired by Prabhupada’s boundless devotion and conviction, they set out with no money, but with Prabhupada’s assurance that Krishna would help them.

The earliest centers were often the most austere of quarters, where rats and storms came in on the wind. But today, thanks to the dedication of Srila Prabhupada’s spiritual pioneers, we have places like ISKCON Houston, with its spacious, gorgeous new temple. And most important, because of the Krishna conscious roots set down in cities around the world, we see more and more souls reaping the benefits of Srila Prabhupada’s mission of devotion.

Hare Krishna. – Nagaraja Dasa, Editor

Articles this month:

Bhaktivedanta Hospice: Aid for the Journey Home

By Vishakha Priya Devi Dasi Shortly before passing away in Vrindavan, a devotee requested her spiritual master to establish a ...

Arjuna and Us

By Visakha Devi Dasi Like Arjuna, we have attachments, hopes, fears, guilt, and confusion. And a similar path to happiness ...

Matchless Gifts, the Movie: A Case of Spiritual Serendipity

By Satyaraja Dasa An early film about Srila Prabhupada in New York, misplaced by his first disciples, resurfaces at just ...

A Texas-sized Temple with Room to Grow

By Sarvabhauma Dasa A dedicated congregation has developed the Hare Krishna temple in Houston into a vibrant center of devotion ...

The Ultimate Rescue Mission

By Purushottam Kumar Out of his infinite mercy, Lord Krsna descended as Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu to deliver us from our ...

Is Religion the Opium of the Masses?

By Chaitanya Charana Dasa Close examination of this old charge against religion raises the opposite question: Might atheism be the ...

Why We Must Purify Our Existence

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