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September/October 2013

WELCOME  Worship of Lord Krishna in His deity form is an essential spiritual practice of the Hare Krishna movement and the ancient tradition to which it belongs. The Vedic scriptures teach that God, being absolute, is fully present as the deity to receive the worship of His devotees.

When Srila Prabhupada launched the Hare Krishna movement in the West, he didn’t introduce deity worship right away. First he focused on Lord Krishna’s teachings in the Bhagavad-gita and the congregational chanting of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra. Then Krishna came on His own, first in San Francisco in His form as Jagannatha, and then in New York City in His original form as the all-attractive flute-playing cowherd boy. Satyaraja Dasa relates the story of that deity, now worshiped outside Washington, D.C.

Besides New York and Washington, this issue takes us to a few other major cities. At Wits University in Johannesburg, Jayadvaita Swami lectures on education. In Budapest, we get introduced to Bhaktivedanta College, where Hare Krishna devotees have won EU-accreditation to grant degrees in yoga and Vaishnava theology. And in Hong Kong, a newcomer to Krishna consciousness gets a request he’ll fulfill decades later—in the pages of this magazine.

Hare Krishna.—Nagaraja Dasa, Editor

Articles this month:

How to Approach a Guru

By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada Lecture given in Washington, D.C., July 4, 1976 A highly posted ...
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Saved by the Bell: Madana-Mohana, the First Krishna Deity in ISKCON

By Satyaraja Dasa Two of Srila Prabhupada's early disciples discover Krishna while shopping for bells in New York City. When ...
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What Hare Krishna Means To Me?

By Mark D. Vickers "I have so regretted not better appreciating what was offered to me in Hong Kong so ...
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Where Is Our Education Leading Us?

By Jayadvaita Swami The Bhaktivedanta Swami Lecture, in honor of His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada This is ...
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Material or Spiritual—the Choice Is Ours

By Hari Parayana Dasa People tend to ignore the logical consequences of belief in materialism.  The Ramayana recounts how Lord ...
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Is the Ramayana Relevant Today?

By Caitanya Carana Dasa Finding inspiration in examples of selfless sacrifice in an ancient epic.  When I was asked this ...
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The College of the Knowledge of Loving Devotion

By Maharani Devi Dasi and Urmila Devi Dasi “Religion without philosophy is sentiment, or sometimes fanaticism.”—Srila Prabhupada, Bhagavad-gita As It ...
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Satisfaction—Only a Mantra Away

By Arcana Siddhi Devi Dasi  Back in the sixties, when I was eleven years old my father changed jobs and ...
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