WELCOME Shatakshi Goyal, the author of the cover story in this issue, grew up in Boise, Idaho, where she was home-schooled and later earned an engineering degree at age eighteen. She worked in her profession for two years before giving it up to study the classic arts of India, where she now lives. Like her, each of the women who attended the 2014 International Vaishnavi Retreat has a unique story, but they all share a desire to nurture their devotion to Lord Krishna. Shatakshi’s report provides insight into the spiritual value of gatherings of such likeminded souls.
This issue contains articles on various topics, from Sanskrit wordplay and the authority of the ancient Puranas to the charm of Krishna’s smile and the universal human quest for specialness. Chaitanya Charana Dasa discusses a metaphor much loved by philosophers of the impersonalist school, looking at it from a fresh, devotion-friendly perspective. Nikunja Vilasini Devi Dasi explores our search for meaning, and Krishna Dhana Dasa shows how we can learn from the dedication of engineering students facing final exams.
May reading this selection of articles help you “Somehow Fix Your Mind on Krishna,” as Srila Prabhupada encourages us to do in his lecture leading off this issue.
Hare Krishna. – Nagaraja Dasa, Editor