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September/October 2014

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Readers outside India may never have heard of Noida, where an impressive ISKCON temple opened in February. It’s a planned township across the Yamuna River from New Delhi. Started in the 1970s, it has grown steadily, and since 1998 ISKCON’s presence has grown along with it. By focusing on spiritual education, Govind Dham, as the temple is known, is sure to benefit many people in the greater Delhi area.

Skeptics sometimes challenged Srila Prabhupada on whether ISKCON was helping people in any practical way. He would often reply that ISKCON’s contribution was education – giving people the highest spiritual knowledge, to their eternal benefit. An example of the refined spiritual information that ISKCON, in the line of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, presents to the world appears in Satyaraja Dasa’s article in this issue, “Sehnsucht: When Vocabulary Encourages Yearning for Krishna.” Another example of the practical value of ISKCON’s message appears in “Death and Dying in the Vedic Tradition,” an excerpt from a new book by Giriraja Swami. What could be more relevant than learning how to face one’s death?

“Finding Shelter,” by Navina Syama Dasa, also gives practical knowledge. Faced with the unrelenting challenges of life, where can we turn for sure relief?

Hare Krishna. – Nagaraja Dasa, Editor

Articles this month:

Radharani, the Pleasure Potency of Krishna

By His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada Founder-Acarya of the International Society For Krishna Consciousness Lecture given in London(on ...

Sehnsucht: When Vocabulary Encourages Yearning for Krishna

By Satyaraja Dasa The more spiritually evolved we become, the more we long for life's "missing piece." “Woooahhh! That’s it!" ...

Time for the Journey Back Home

By Purushottam Kumar Learning our true identity should inspire us to fully use our life to secure the best destination ...

Taking Shelter

By Navina Syama Dasa For relief from life's inevitable distress, we need to stop looking in all the wrong places. In ...

Inaugurating Govind Dham

By Lokanath Swami Photos by Aniruddha Dasa, Ujjawal Ganguly, Atul Agrawal, and Bhakti Prithvi Raj A grand temple opens in ...

Death and Dying in the Vedic Tradition

By Giriraja Swami A talk presented to the doctors and nurses of San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative ...

“Do You Still Believe in God?”

By Chaitanya Charana Dasa A skeptical friend challenges a devotee's faith after the devotee's painful injury. I recently came across ...