This issue is dedicated to a momentous event in the history of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON): the inauguration of the worship of life-sized deities of Sri Panca-tattva (Caitanya Mahaprabhu and His four principal associates) in Mayapur, West Bengal. Ten thousand Hare Krsna devotees from around the world attended the March festival, the culmination of years of preparation and the fulfillment of the vision of His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, ISKCON's founder-acarya.
Departing from our standard editorial policy, this issue presents several articles written by one person: Braja-sevaki Devi Dasi. She was our on-site reporter (she lives in Mayapur), and we're indebted to her for the skill, energy, dedication, and enthusiasm she put into producing these articles for the benefit of our readers.
The issue also includes a philosophical article by Satyaraja Dasa about Sri Panca-tattva and a lecture by Srila Prabhupada about the identities of Lord Caitanya and Lord Nityananda.
(Nagaraja Dasa, Editor)
• To help all people discern reality from illusion, spirit from matter, the eternal from the temporary.
• To expose the faults of materialism.
• To offer guidance in the Vedic techniques of spiritual life.
• To preserve and spread the Vedic culture.
• To celebrate the chanting of the holy names of God as taught by Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
• To help every living being remember and serve Sri Krsna, the Personality of Godhead.