May/June 2009

In “The Best Benediction,” Mohini Radha Devi Dasi recalls a saint who rejected a magical stone that could produce gold. He had something much more valuable: the holy names of the Lord.

Why are God’s names so valuable? Because anything related to God, Krishna, is God Himself. That means we’re in touch with Krishna whenever, for example, we hear, recite, or remember His holy names or narrations of His activities. Associating with Krishna in the numerous ways available to us is the key to spiritual progress though bhakti-yoga, the culture of devotion to God.

Our series on Krishna’s avatars provides an easy way to focus our minds on transcendence. Just read “Lord Parashurama’s Revolution,” and you’ll be engulfed in the transformative power of spiritual sound.

Krishna’s devotees try to stay in constant contact with Him and bring others into His company. In “Parenting as Service to God,” we gain insights on how to increase Krishna’s presence in our homes. And in “Vedic Wisdom Reaches Finland’s Schools,” Krishna-kripa Dasa describes the success of a small group of devotees in bringing Krishna into the world of education—where it is sorely needed, as Srila Prabhupada explains in “Dangerous Education.”

Hare Krishna.—Nagaraja Dasa, Editor

Articles this month:

Returning Home to Freedom

By Vraja Vihari Dasa A ten-year-old wonders, "Will Krishna recognize us when we return to Him?" "Oh, these ropes of ...

Dangerous Education

By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami PrabhupadaLecture given in Los Angeles, May 13, 1970 A primary Vedic book ...

My Son Leads the Way

By Krishna Kumari Devi Dasi When her son joined the Hare Krishnas, she wasn't sure what to think, but was ...

The Extra Plants

Karuna Dharini Devi Dasi False Prestige heads a list of weeds, such as Lust, Greed, and Anger, that block the ...

“What’s Wrong with Sex?” (A Response)

By Chaitanya Charana Dasa Real freedom comes not by becoming free for sex, but by becoming free of sex. When ...

Lord Parashurama’s Revolution

By Aja Govinda Dasa In a former age, God's empowered incarnation employed extreme measures to deal with an extreme situation ...

Vedic Wisdom Reaches Finland’s Schools

By Krishna-kripa Dasa For twenty-five years, devotees at the small Hare Krishna center in Helsinki have been presenting Krishna's teachings ...

Parenting as Service to God

By Krishnanandini Devi Dasi Fulfilling our duty as parents requires taking care of our children's spiritual needs. As the mother ...

The Best Benediction

By Mohini Radha Devi Dasi Why Krishna’s holy names are the greatest treasure. Some people fantasize about accumulating immense wealth ...