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This issue presents an excerpt from the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust’s new edition of the Ramayana, India’s cherished epic about the activities of Lord Ramachandra, an incarnation of Lord Krishna. This new book showcases the unique art of Italian artist Parama Dasa. Artists have been painting scenes from the Ramayana for centuries, but it’s safe to say there have never been Ramayana paintings quite like these, produced with state-of-the-art computer programs.

Besides extraordinary art, this issue also contains an article that’s mostly poetry. Kalakantha Dasa’s “The Cowherd Men Confused” is a poetic rendition of Lord Krishna’s pastime of lifting Govardhan Hill, which Krishna’s devotees will commemorate in late October.

This issue also touches on a musical theme: the use of music in spiritual pursuits. While attending a Bach concert with his brother, Satyaraja Dasa pondered the spiritual connections of both Western and Vaishnava music. His article “Bach to Godhead: Music and the Vaishnava Tradition” discusses the importance of music in the practice of Krishna consciousness.

Added to the mix of art, poetry, and music is an excursion into the paranormal, as Chaitanya Charana Dasa explains how near-death experiences point to the existence of the soul.

Hare Krishna.-Nagaraja Dasa, Editor

Articles this month:

The Eternally Limitless and Me

By Abhijit Toley A mental journey leading to the conclusion that existence is unlimited finds support in the Vedic scriptures ...

Bach to Godhead: Music and the Vaishnava Tradition

By Satyaraja Das “I am the sound in ether.”—Lord Krsna, Bhagavad-Gita 7.8 My elder brother had tickets to a “Bach ...

The Cowherd Men Confused

By Kalakantha Dasa When Krsna deflates an arrogant god to protect His loved ones, they wonder, “Who is this boy?” ...

A Hare Krishna in the Stock Market

By Ananda Vrindavana Dasa (As told to Vraja Vihari Dasa) A life in Krishna consciousness threatens a young man's promising ...

The Need for a Regulated Life

By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada Satisfying our material needs within the bounds of scriptural rules guarantees ...

Ramayana in New Dress

By Purnaprajna Dasa Fifty new paintings illustrate Valmiki's immortal tale of Lord Ramachandra's divine acts on this planet. The new, ...