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November/December 2012

Welcome One of the most popular festivals for Krishna’s devotees is Rathayatra, the Jagannatha chariot festival. The festival started many centuries ago in Puri, Odisha, was brought to the West by Srila Prabhupada, and is now celebrated by Hare Krishna devotees all over the world. In this issue a devotee from the West gives his impressions on seeing the festival in the place of its origin for the first time.

This issue coincides with the month of Karttika, or Damodara. In “Karttika: Lord Krishna’s Favorite Month,” Vamshi Vihari Dasa explains why this month, especially, can inspire the devotees’ festive spirit.

A life filled with festivals centered on Krishna is one of the many benefits of the practice of bhakti-yoga, or Krishna consciousness. As Rasa Purusha Dasa tell us in “Krishna, the Purest of the Pure,” contact with Krishna cleanses our hearts. Shivarama Swami explains in “The Seven Wonders of the Word” that our hearts need to be cleaned of envy, the cause of our suffering in this world of matter, and that a clean heart is one of the first results of offenseless chanting of Krishna’s names. In “Misplaced Doubt” Vishakha Devi Dasi says that chanting Hare Krishna destroys doubt, the enemy of spiritual progress.

Hare Krishna.—Nagaraja Dasa, Editor

Articles this month:

Karttika: Lord Krishna’s Favorite Month

By Vamshi Vihari Dasa A month filled with love, devotion, and gratitude. After going through the intense summer and a ...
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Meditation While Working

By Urmila Devi Dasi After many years of service in a spiritual environment, a job in a public school challenges ...
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Know the Truth by Submissive Hearing

By His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada Founder-Acarya of the International Society of Krishna Consciousness Unerring knowledge of reality ...
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The Seven Wonders of the Word

By Sivarama Swami What is the effect of chanting Hare Krsna? The names of the Lord in the maha-mantra—Hare, Krishna, ...
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Krishna, the Purest of the Pure

By Rasa Purusha Dasa Why we should surrender to Lord Krishna's lotus feet. At the junction of two ages, amidst ...
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Love at First Sight

By Pervin Jumala, as told to Kalyani Ajrekar How a moment and a few sincere words changed a life. “Wow! ...
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The Challenges and Benefits of Charitable Giving

By Krsnanandini Devi Dasi Some thoughts on fulfilling our obligation, given by Krsna Himself, to perform acts of charity. I ...
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Jagannatha Puri Rathayatra: A Front-row View

By Jahnudvipa Dasa A visitor witnesses the spectacle and the devotion of the famous ancient festival that's now reenacted around ...
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