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Come Back Soon!

This is the one magazine I usually read cover to cover as soon as it hits the mailbox! I hope to see it there again in the near future.

Patrick L. Garrison
Ithaca, New York

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For the past 5 to 7 years it has been an excellent reminder to me as to what my life is supposed to be for.

Chris Goldsmith
Chicago, Illinois

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I hope you will come back as soon as possible. I find BTG very inspiring and have learned a great deal from it. Please do not forget me.

Cyril Assent
New York, New York

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I feel that it's a great shame and disservice to Srila Prabhupada that you are discontinuing publishing BTG, even if it is just for a "short" time.

Name withheld

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I wish you success and reduction of stress in your plans to reconstitute the magazine.

Joan Cook
Baltimore, Maryland

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Deeply Touched

I have been deeply touched by the story of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, and I have been chanting the transcendental mantra for a while, introducing my friends to the benefit one can feel by thinking of purity rather than trying to get a "buzz" out of smoking, drinking, etc.

I want to find out as much as possible about Krsna and the divine wisdom that emanates from Him. I feel that by ordering BTG I can speed this process of learning up.

Richard Hood
N. Humberside, England

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I'm very much in need of a subscription to Back to Godhead. Please, I'm dry spiritually and need to have that magazine for water.

Lance Presley
Littleton, Colorado

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I am a fallen soul seeking the mercy of Lord Krsna. Please send me information on how I may obtain a subscription to Back to Godhead magazine, as well as a listing of books I can order from the Book Trust.

Anthony Morris
Cincinnati, Ohio

Done! Thank you, Anthony. Hare Krsna. Other readers looking for information on subscriptions and books will find it on page 53 and the back cover.—Editor

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I feel uneasy lately about ISKCON. It appears to be disintegrating instead of expanding and growing. I hope my fears are wrong.

Susan Musa
Port Jefferson, New York

We hope so too! And to us the movement looks like it's expanding and growing. Lord Krsna's in control, and we look forward to wonderful things.—Editor

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Holier Than Thou

Let's not see so much left-brained intellectualization and macho rationalism. Let's hear from the intuitive feminine-spiritual right hemisphere. After all, bhakti is love and devotion expressed through emotion.

BTG, as well as ISKCON, needs to be about 100% more open-minded and integrative. Krsna conscious philosophy is nonsectarian—but ISKCON policy (and BTG), though claiming to be, does not reflect it but rather portrays a condescending "holier-than-thou" attitude, as if ISKCON had a monopoly on spiritual truth and Lord Sri Krsna.

Name withheld

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A Familiar Problem

I am 16 years old, and I discovered Krsna consciousness about a year ago. I soon became a vegetarian, and I am well associated with the local temple. I've been chanting and reading Krsna's books for a long time.

My problem is this. I want to leave home and live at a temple to become initiated and become a full-time devotee. My father is against this. If I ran away to live at the temple my father would get me and bring me back home. I don't want to wait until I'm 18 (the legal age) to become a full devotee. What do you think I should do? Should I go to a temple somewhere else in the country where he will be unlikely to find me? Please send me the answer to this important problem.

Name withheld

Please stay home. Finish school. Keep us both out of trouble (see page 23).

Krsna is everywhere. So you can serve Krsna wherever you may be.

Prahlada Maharaja became a devotee even in the womb of his mother. Arjuna served Krsna even on a battlefield. To serve Krsna, or God, is the natural spiritual function of the soul. So the soul can perform this function anywhere, at any time. Krsna consciousness can't be blocked by any material circumstances.

You're welcome to join the temple as soon as you're eighteen. Chant Hare Krsna, and the time will pass quickly.