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May/June 2021

WELCOME  The Vedic scriptures tell us that Lord Krishna has appeared in this world repeatedly throughout a history that stretches far beyond that known to the modern mind. He comes in many forms to give us knowledge of ultimate reality and uplift us in other ways, including providing, through the records of His descents, material for spiritual contemplation.

Krishna is not obliged to reveal Himself to us; He does so as a pure act of mercy. For this reason one of His names is Patita Pavana, or “the purifier of the fallen.” The deity of the Lord worshiped in the temple is considered an incarnation, and one famous deity commonly referred to as Patita Pavana is Lord Jagannatha, who is Lord Krishna appearing in an unusual form. Our cover story in this issue, by Satyaraja Dasa, tells us much about Jagannatha and His famous temple on the east coast of India. A related article tells the remarkable story of ISKCON’s Jagannatha temple just down the road from ISKCON’s vast Mayapur Chandrodaya Mandir complex in West Bengal.

Two other articles in this issue talk about Krishna’s compassion: Gauranga Darshana Dasa’s “Who Else Could Be So Kind?” and Karuna Dharini Devi Dasi’s “Krishna’s Mercy.”

Hare Krishna. – Nagaraja Dasa, Editor

Articles this month:

Lord Jagannatha: God Transformed by Ecstasy

Why Lord Jagannatha doesn’t conform to our usual image of Krishna. By Satyaraja Dasa A look at the history, significance, ...
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Lord Jagannatha’s Appearance in Mayapur

The history of ISKCON’s Jagannatha Mandir in Mayapur, West Bengal. By Syamagopika Devi Dasi The history of ISKCON’s Jagannatha Mandir ...
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Does Spirituality Destroy Our Passion?

Our natural talents and inspirations can accompany us when we replace our material goals with spiritual ones. By Rukmini Vallabha ...
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Krishna’s Mercy

Among other attributes, the Lord’s mercy is unparalleled because it reveals our relationship with Him. By Karuna Dharini Devi Dasi ...
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Defending the Deities

A pivotal episode in the great drama of Srila Prabhupada’s fight to build the Bombay temple. By Giriraj Swami Juhu ...
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Who Else Could Be So Kind?

Four stories illustrate how Lord Krishna bestows His blessings beyond our expectations. By Gauranga Darshana Dasa God doesn’t miss an ...
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Real Wealth in Ancient Times

Prosperity was the norm during the reigns of God-conscious Vedic kings. By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami PrabhupadaLecture ...
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Bending Low and Rising High: The Inverted Hierarchies of Devotion

In approaching a sage, Lord Rama displayed His characteristically strict adherence to principles of dharma. By Chaitanya Charana Dasa A ...
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Victims All?

Claims of victimhood prevail today, but at the root of all our suffering are the choices we make with our ...
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