November/December 2008

In this issue Indulekha Devi Dasi writes about the spiritual depth of India’s traditional art, dance, and music. Like much of India’s heritage, these all have roots in the spiritual culture described in the Vedic literature. These venerable books tell us that all forms of art find their perfection in the glorification of God.

The arts are only one of many categories of human enterprise the Vedic scriptures deal with exhaustively. More and more, ideas from India’s spiritual tradition are infiltrating the West. Unfortunately, important philosophical concepts, such as karma and dharma, often get blurred in translation. For example, the words karma and dharma are now part of the English lexicon, but they are often misused and ill defined. Authors Narada Rishi Dasa and Satyaraja Dasa draw from the Vedic scriptures to clarify the meanings of these words and their implications for our lives.

Similarly, Mukunda Mala Dasa writes about heaven, the goal of various religious traditions, but his insight gained from scriptural study inspires a troubling question: Is heaven worth the effort?

In “Taking Aim at the Supreme Target,” Mohini Radha Devi Dasi directs us, as Lord Krishna does, to a goal that surpasses heavenly happiness: pure love for God.

Hare Krishna.—Nagaraja Dasa, Editor

Articles this month:

Qualities of the Best Human Beings

By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada Lecture given in Los Angeles, May 17, 1973 Spiritual merit, not ...
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Is Duty a Four-letter Word?

By Satyaraja Dasa The ideas of the Western philosopher Kant come close to the concept of dharma. For some, duty ...
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Divine Desire Fulfilled

By Radhika Kripa Devi Dasi On the first anniversary of the installation of Krishna-Balarama at ISKCON Punjabi Bagh, a temple ...
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The Problem with Paradise

By Mukundamala Dasa People who want to go to heaven may not know exactly what they're in for. One morning ...
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Taking Aim at the Supreme Target

By Mohini Radha Devi Dasi Pure devotion to Krishna is the ultimate goal of spiritual life, and also the means ...
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My Journey to Theism

By Kishore Kumar Sarder "Though I was an atheist, God always attracted me, and He was a real mystery to ...
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Freedom from Never-ending Karma

By Narada Rishi Dasa Everyone in the material world is subject to the laws of karma, except the pure devotees ...
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The Art of Devotion

By Indulekha Devi Dasi In the artistic traditions of India, which are rooted in its spiritual heritage, a devotee of ...
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