In this issue we hear from BTG staff member Madhava Smullen. Having grown up in the Hare Krishna movement, he tells us about his peers (known informally as gurukulis) and their desire to harness their shared experiences and natural friendships for great things. In Kuli Mela: The Tipping Point he relates how those planning last summer’s gurukuli reunion wanted to make it more productive and Krishna conscious than previous ones. The success of the event has inspired hope for increased spiritual contributions from gurukulis to the Hare Krishna movement and the world.
Two articles in this issue deal with the question of our freedom to choose what we make of our lives. In Srila Prabhupada’s opening lecture, Opting for Godly Qualities, he discusses how Krishna allows us to decide what kind of life we want to live, even providing whatever we need. In How Free Are We? Navin Jani presents a summary of the debate about free will in Western philosophy and then shows how a Vedic perspective can resolve the conflict.
One of our regular features—How I Came to Krishna Consciousness—implies freedom of choice. In this issue, Purnendu Baroowa, from Pune, India, tells us what inspired him to choose Krishna.
Hare Krishna.—Nagaraja Dasa, Editor