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WELCOME  This issue coincides with the sacred month of Damodara, during which Lord Krishna’s devotees commemorate His being tied to a grinding mortar by His mother, Yashoda. Though every Krishna devotee is familiar with this enchanting pastime, Shivarama Swami enhances our understanding of it – and our spiritual pleasure in hearing it again – by narrating it with embellishments gained from the realization of pure devotees in the line of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. The article in this issue titled “Yashoda Finds and Catches Krishna” is an excerpt from his book Sri Damodara-janani.

As Srila Prabhupada’s spiritual family grows, his followers are writing more and more books, something he had wanted. So this issue contains a second book excerpt, this one from an early disciple of Prabhupada’s who served as his secretary and spent much time with him, often alone. Shyamasundar das’s Chasing Rhinos with the Swami, Vol.1, is an entertaining inside look at ISKCON’s earliest days in San Francisco and London. Shyamasundar was one of a handful of devotees who opened ISKCON’s first temples in both cities. In our excerpt, “The Krishna Book Miracle,” he relates how George Harrison’s sponsoring of Prabhupada’s first printing of the book Krishna came to be.

Hare Krishna. – Nagaraja Dasa, Editor

Articles this month:

The Power of Intent

By Vishakha Devi Dasi Karma is a subtle law of nature that takes into account our mentality at the time ...

Yashoda Finds and Catches Krishna

By Shivarama Swami Challenging the intellects of great philosophers, the Supreme Lord runs in fear of His mother – and ...

The Krishna Book Miracle

By Shyamasundar Das "I didn't have a clue whether George would print this book or not. I just liked to ...

From Osmosis to Perfection: The Importance of Sadhu-Sanga

By Satyaraja Dasa Devotion to Krishna begins with the association of advanced devotees, an essential ingredient of bhakti that nourishes one's progress ...

Self-realization in Bhakti

By Hari Parayana Dasa Why the process of bhakti-yoga leads to the most complete answer to the question "Who am I?" For ...

Patisserie Divine

By Gita Beeharry Poonyth A devotee in Mauritius with a successful prasadam pastry shop teaches his secrets to others. Navakishora Dasa, from ...

Elevating Our Emotions

By Chaitanya Charana Dasa "Human culture is meant to provide an environment wherein higher emotions can be nourished and lower ...

Vritrasura, the Godly Demon

By Akshay Gupta Lessons from the history of a fierce being created to challenge Indra, the ruler of the heavenly ...

The Real Religion of the Living Entity

By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada Lecture given in Montreal on June 13, 1968 What Lord Krishna ...