IN THIS ISSUE we present photo features on two pilgrimages, one in India and the other in Slovenia. ISKCON's Vraja Mandala Parikrama is an annual trek to sacred sites of Lord Krsna's pastimes in Vrndavana, India. It has been taking place for the last sixteen years, drawing Krsna's devotees from all over the world. Four thousand miles away from Krsna's holy land, in Slovenia, ISKCON members launched their first Padayatra, or "walking pilgrimage," delivering Krsna consciousness to resort areas on the coast and in the mountains.
Whether in India or elsewhere, pilgrimages are meant to increase our faith and devotion. In "Redirected Love," Srila Prabhupada explains why our devotion to things of this world will never fully satisfy us. Our mission in life should be to reawaken our love for Krsna, which begins by understanding that He the eternal person Krsna is the highest aspect of the Absolute Truth. In "A Personal Look at the Nature of God," Satyaraja Dasa discusses how most commentaries on the Bhagavad-gita miss this essential point.
Dvarakadhisa Devi Dasi writes about properly understanding our subordination to Krsna in "Becoming the Lord's Servant." And Arcana-siddhi Devi Dasi, in "Why Do We Criticize Others?" provides insight into a powerful hindrance to our spiritual progress.
• 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.