In this issue three articles deal with the similarities and differences of various philosophies. Bhaktivedanta Institute scientist Sadaputa Dasa writes in "Challenges Facing Science and Religion" that there seems to be much that science and religion don't know. He suggests that to draw a clear-cut line between the two is premature.
In "Who or What Is to Blame?" Urmila Devi Dasi surveys philosophies about the origin of suffering and shows how the teachings of Krsna consciousness tie up a lot of loose ends on the question.
Satyaraja Dasa speaks to a group of Zen-Buddhists in "The Four Noble Truths of Buddhism." He shows how Vaisnava philosophy includes the Four Noble Truths and adds dimensions that he finds appealing.
Srila Prabhupada, the founder of the Hare Krsna movement, taught Krsna consciousness in ways that would appeal to thinking, reasonable people. He emphasized that Krsna consciousness is not blind faith or dogma but a scientific approach to understanding truth. Scientists often speak of "elegant solutions," but Prabhupada taught that no solution to the problem of our quest for knowledge is more elegant than Krsna consciousness.
(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.