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May/June 2013

WELCOME   Members of local congregations of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness are working together in cities around the world to help spread Lord Krishna’s teachings. One of the most conspicuous endeavors by ISKCON’s congregation is the building of temples, the creation of beautiful spiritual havens for Krishna devotees old and new. In this issue we spotlight the new temple in a place many of us may never have heard of: Gaborone, the capital of Botswana, a country just north of South Africa.

In this issue we also hear again from world-traveling preacher Indradyumna Swami. Over the years, we’ve read about his visits to Siberia, Java, and the Amazon rainforest, to name just a few places where he has taught Krishna consciousness. This time he’s in Macedonia, delivering a talk in the place of Alexander the Great and Mother Teresa.

The worldwide reach of Krishna consciousness attests to its transnational appeal. And as Nikunja Vilasini Devi Dasi shows in “Touched by Srila Prabhupada’s Books,” that appeal is trans-generational as well. That’s because, as Mukundamala Dasa explains in “The Laws of Bhakti,” Krishna consciousness is a science whose validity we can all test for ourselves.

Hare Krishna.—Nagaraja Dasa, Editor

Articles this month:

Hear from Swanlike Persons

By His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada The great devotee Prahlada Maharaja shows the way to freedom from material ...

Who’s First: Vishnu or Krishna?

By Satyaraja Dasa A discussion of the relative positions of the creator and the playful, ever-youthful cowherd boy of Vrindavan ...

Touched by Srila Prabhupada’s Books

By Nikunja Vilasini Devi Dasi When delivered by His pure representative, Krsna's message attracts and transforms people young and old.  ...

The Laws of Bhakti:

By Mukundamala Dasa Far from being a sentimental activity, devotional service is based on well-defined principles that systematically guide a ...

Macedonian Memories

By Indradyumna Swami In Macedonia, home to Alexander the Great and Mother Teresa, a lecture on Krsna Consciousness ends with ...

Lessons from the Fish

By Caitanya Carana Dasa The moment we turn away from Krsna our misery begins.  The American Paradox: Spiritual Hunger in ...

Perfect Ingredients for a Cake

By Mfundo Nkosi Nicknamed "The Cake" by local residents, the Sri Sri Krishna-Balarama Temple opens in Gaborone, Botswana. As we ...

Caring for the Bird

By Tattvavit Dasa Adapted by Tattvavit Dasa from Srila Prabhupada's teachings based on the analogy of the bird in the ...