THIS ISSUE coincides with one of our most important annual festivals: Sri Gaura Purnima, the anniversary of the appearance of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. As Srila Prabhupada explains in "The Devotional Form of Krsna," Lord Caitanya is Krsna Himself. He made His divine descent in Mayapur, West Bengal, in A.D. 1486 and started the movement centered on chanting the holy names of the Lord.
Srila Prabhupada carried Lord Caitanya's movement to the West. Today his organization, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, has hundreds of farms, temples, and restaurants around the world.
In this issue, we visit one of those farms, in western Hungary, where a growing community of 150 devotees is pursuing the simple life with Krsna in the center.
We see the reach of Lord Caitanya's movement in other articles in this issue. "Doctors of Body and Soul" tells of a devotee couple, both doctors, who are always ready to answer spiritual questions from their students and patients. In New York City, university students attend a series of lectures about "Lord Caitanya's Eight Teachings." And, thanks to Lord Caitanya's representative in the form of her son, a mother finds Krsna in the final months of her life.
(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.