OUR COVER STORY in this issue takes us outside India to a place where the Vedic culture once showed great influence. Though Angkor Wat today is more a tourist destination than a holy site, pilgrims can still find spiritual inspiration there. A deity of Lord Krsna's expansion Visnu is still worshiped in the main temple, even as time ravages much of the surrounding complex.
This issue coincides with the anniversary of the appearance of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu (shown at right), whom I've written about in my column "From the Editor." To celebrate that day, the young students at Padma Academy, a Krsna conscious school in North Carolina, made exhibits depicting scenes from the lives of Lord Caitanya and His associates. The article "Honoring the Land of Lord Caitanya" shows their work.
Besides overseeing the class project, Padma Academy teacher Campakalata Devi Dasi wrote an article for this issue about a childhood friend: "The 3-Year-Old Preacher I'll Never Forget," while her mother, Padma Academy founder and BTG associate editor Nrmila Devi Dasi, begins a series of articles on chanting the holy names with a firsthand account of a Saturday-night chanting party in downtown London.
• 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.