We human beings have the ability to search for truth. But since our limited, imperfect senses can deceive us, we can't always be sure what's true and what's not. For example, what looks like a table is really atoms and space. How do we know that? Because we've heard from scientists, accepted authorities on the subject.
But scientific investigation can go only so far. To get at the truth of things beyond matter, we have to hear from spiritual authorities. The Krsna consciousness movement relies on the authority of the Vedic scriptures and self-realized teachers of the Vedic tradition, who accept the Vedas as perfect knowledge coming from God.
Two articles in this issue raise the topic of mistaken perception and present the truth in the light of Vedic authority. The first, "Even God's Killing Is Good," points out the mistake in thinking that God sometimes does bad things. The other, "Channeling: Extrasensory Deception?" shows how we can be fooled by believing everything we hear from entities "on the other side."
The books and temples of the Hare Krsna movement are all meant to help people see reality. In this issue you can read about the new temple just opened in New Delhi.
If you're a new reader, you might want to start by browsing the Glossary (page 15).
(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.