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May/June 2015

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

Articles this month:

The Power of Krishna’s Smile

By Tosana Nimai Dasa The curve that sets everything straight. Nowadays I find myself increasingly cautious when sending emails or ...
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The Authority of the Puranas

By Srila Jiva Gosvami The preeminent philosopher in Caitanya Mahaprabhu's line explains why, in this age, the Puranas are essential ...
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Spiritually Deepening Experience: The International Vaishnavi Retreat

By Shatakshi Goyal "I felt grateful, and enriched with wisdom, realizations, service, association, and inspiration." I rushed home from my ...
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Pavarga: A Lesson in Sanskrit and the Miseries of Material Existence

By Satyaraja Dasa Vaisnava acaryas have given us a key to remember our plight in the material world and inspire us to move ...
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Finding Ultimate Meaning

By Nikunja Vilasini Devi Dasi Is life meaningless until we give it meaning? A young woman from South Africa, where ...
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Are You Having PL?

By Krsna Dhana Dasa What some call fanaticism might more fittingly be called single-pointed focus. Before I began serving as ...
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Merging or Meeting: The River-Ocean Metaphor Revisited

By Caitanya Carana Dasa “The goal of life is to merge into God.” This is a widespread notion in spiritual ...
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Yes, You Are Special!

By Ajit Nimai Dasa What is the source of our natural craving for distinction, and can it ever be satisfied? ...
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Somehow Fix Your Mind on Krishna

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