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September/October 2016

WELCOME  When, in 1971, Srila Prabhupada arrived in Gainesville, Florida, just down the road from the Back to Godhead offices in Alachua, he said he was “very much obliged to you that in this remote place, which is thousands and thousands of miles away from Lord Chaitanya’s birthplace, Navadvip, you are carrying out, to fulfill His desire, the chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra.” I was reminded of this when His Holiness B.V.V. Narasimha Swami sent us the article on ISKCON Vladivostok that appears in this issue. From my perspective, Vladivostok, in Russia’s Far East, is about as far away from anywhere as one can get. It turns out, though, that it’s quite a bit closer to Lord Chaitanya’s birthplace than I am, and by the mercy of Srila Prabhupada and his followers, a community of Hare Krishna devotees is flourishing there.

Meanwhile, the Yamuna River, in the heart of India – known as Punya Bhumi, or “the pious land” – is not flourishing. Dams in Haryana state divert her sacred water, and none of it makes it out of Delhi – or into Vrindavan, Lord Krishna’s eternal home. Shatakshi Goyal writes about the Yamuna River and her role in a documentary on the river’s plight.

With Chaitanya Charana’s article “Meditating on the Damodarashtaka,” we honor the sacred month of Karttika, which coincides with this issue.

Hare Krishna. – Nagaraja Dasa, Editor

Articles this month:

A Riverbed of Desire

By Shatakshi Goyal A film on the plight of the Yamuna River fulfills a dancer’s wish to portray the goddess ...

Spiritual Exchange: A Correspondence Leading to Krishna

By Donna Lee "I spent many years thinking that voidism and impersonalism were desirable concepts and that the goals of ...

To Love Is to Cooperate

By Sureshvara Dasa More than a farewell request, Srila Prabhupada’s desire that his followers cooperate to spread Krishna consciousness everywhere ...

Golden Anniversaries: Prabhupada’s Arrival and the 1965 World’s Fair

By Satyaraja Dasa During Prabhupada’s earliest days in America, his host took him for a little-known outing. Last year marked ...

ISKCON Vladivostok: Where Krishna Reigns in Russia’s Far East

By B.V.V. Narasimha Swami Despite many challenges, the intrepid devotees in this remote city 5,700 land miles from Moscow built ...

Meditating on the Damodarashtaka

By Chaitanya Charana Dasa The supreme controller is controlled – and still remains in control. Prayer is the universal language ...

Learn How to Love Krishna

By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada Founder-Acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness Lecture given in ...