Articles In This Issue show the universal appeal and relevance of Krsna consciousness, the essence of India's great cultural tradition. "Bharata Culture on the Baltic Coast" takes us to the Festival of Indian Culture during its annual summer tour of Poland, where people get the chance to enjoy the art, dance, music, drama, cuisine, and philosophy of India. The festival stresses the spiritual aspects of the culture, giving people more than just a satisfying aesthetic experience; it helps draw out their devotion to the Lord, the innate quality of the soul in any culture.
In "What Do We Mean by Varnasrama?" Hare Krsna Devi Dasi, who has spent years researching the subject, explains what the original Indian, or Vedic, social organization is all about. She also shows adulterated forms of that system visible today, without the benefits of the original. Lord Krsna designed varnasrama for the spiritual progress of every member of human society, and Srila Prabhupada wanted his followers to revive it for everyone's benefit.
Spiritual festivals and social organization are two ways in which the Krsna consciousness movement works to raise the spiritual awareness of large numbers of people. Indian or Polish, American or Russian all who come in touch with Krsna advance toward perfection.
(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.