November/December 2010

Kirtana, chanting the names of God, is the central practice of the Krishna consciousness movement. Krishna devotees chant quietly on beads and sing loudly in temples and in public. Earlier this year, two hundred devotees boarded the Vagabond Spirit for a four-hour kirtana cruise in Sydney Harbour, the subject of this issue’s cover story.

The word kirtana is related to the word kirti, which means “fame.” Broadly speaking, kirtana means to make famous by any means possible. Because devotees want to introduce Krishna and His teachings to everyone, they focus much energy on distributing Krishna-related books. In “The Mission of Book Distribution,” Karuna Dharini Devi Dasi discusses some of the history and philosophy of book distribution by Srila Prabhupada’s followers over the past forty-plus years. In “Back on the Path Back Home,” Sai Bhupalam, a grateful recipient of one of Prabhupada’s books, tells his story of coming to Krishna.

People sometimes ridicule Krishna devotees for singing Hare Krishna in public, unaware of the deep philosophy behind the singing. In “The God Logic,” Abhij Toley explains why a genuine spiritual path like Krishna consciousness is just as logical and scientific as the modern scientific method.

Hare Krishna.—Nagaraja Dasa, Editor

Articles this month:

Becoming Wealthy on $2 a Day

By Dhanesvara Dasa An alternative to culturally biased views on poverty shows how people with low monetary incomes can be ...

The God Logic

By Abhijit Toley Can scientists accept God? Many modern scientific-minded people find it hard to accept that God exists. The ...

Stages of Consciousness

By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhuapada Human life provides living beings with the opportunity to progress from ...

The Mission of Book Distribution

By Karuna Dharini Devi Dasi Srila Prabhupada inherited the mission to distribute books on Krishna consciousness from his spiritual master, ...

Seeking Treasure on Sydney Harbour

By Gaura Hari Dasa and Sri Prahlada Dasa A happy group discovers lasting wealth on a four-hour cruise. The sun's ...

Back on the Path Back Home

By Sai Bhupalam After a long and regrettable detour, an Indian immigrant to America gets back on track with help ...

Ashtanga-yoga, Kundalini, and Bhakti

By Jahnudvipa Dasa A close look at the steps in the traditional yoga system shows why it's unsuitable for the ...