In This Issue, three articles have to do with pilgrimage. "The Authenticity of Spiritual Places" discusses the qualifications of holy sites and the proper mood for visiting them. The cover story takes us to the holiest of holy places Vraja Mandala where for the last fourteen years Hare Krsna devotees from around the world have gathered during the month of Kartika (October-November) to tour the sacred spots where Lord Krsna sported fifty centuries ago. In contrast to the barefoot pilgrims walking miles a day around Vraja Mandala, in "The Ride to Rama Giri" two pilgrims on motorcycles make their way to a holy site connected with Lord Ramacandra.
Although the original places associated with Lord Krsna and His incarnations are all in India, His devotees create new pilgrimage sites wherever they carry His message. Each summer, Indradyumna Swami and a group of devotees put on dozens of Krsna festivals in Poland. Thousands of people attend, attracted by the spiritual culture of India. But not everyone welcomes a pilgrimage site in his homeland. "For the Gentle and the Ruffians" shows that devotees of the Lord sometimes have to face danger to deliver the message of Krsna to lands far from His Vraja Mandala home.
(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.