In our cover story in this issue, Braja Sevaki Devi Dasi, a new contributor to Back to Godhead, writes of the joy of living in ISKCON's community in Mayapur, West Bengal, just down the road from the birthplace of Lord Caitanya. Because Lord Krsna appeared in this age as Lord Caitanya, Mayapur is the most important holy place for our time. Persons with pure vision see that Mayapur is identical to the spiritual world, and their compassion moves them to invite everyone there for spiritual nourishment.
In recent times, His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the founder/acarya of the Hare Krsna movement, spread the glories of Mayapur and the teachings of Lord Caitanya around the world. In "Recognition for Srila Prabhupada," Satyaraja Dasa shows that scholars accepted Prabhupada as a prominent modern religious leader.
In Mayapur, life centers on Krsna and service to Him. This is true human culture, as Prabhupada points out in his lecture opening this issue.
Lord Caitanya Himself carried the culture of Mayapur throughout India, visiting many temples as He spread the chanting of Krsna's names. Adbhuta Hari Dasa takes us to one of those temples with his article "Mangalagiri: Where Faith Grows."
(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.