In this issue Satyaraja Dasa shows that the Western concepts of monotheism, pantheism, and panentheism reflect teachings from the Gita, in many ways a compendium of Vedic thought.
Besides the Vedic culture’s deep theological tradition, another of its venerable aspects is the protection of cows from mistreatment and slaughter. In this issue, we get a report on the World Cow Conference, held last year in Karnataka. Some Hare Krishna devotees attended and learned more about the value of cow byproducts.
Elsewhere in India, Sitarama Dasa, from South Africa, tells how he found renewed attraction to Krishna and then a congenial place to serve the Lord: ISKCON’s new temple in Ujjain.
Serving Krishna, as Srila Prabhupada tells us in this issue, is the essence of our eternal spiritual identity. All that we do in life should align with who we really are. One of the chief ways to serve Krishna is by chanting His names. Bir Krishna Swami suggests how we can enter more deeply into our chanting.
We can also serve the Lord’s form as the deity, at home or in a temple. An interview with an exemplary family from Mumbai shows how a low income need not hinder excellent service to the deity. Hare Krishna.-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 Krishna, the Personality of Godhead.