In February, Lord Krishna made another appearance, this time in His deity form in the new Hare Krishna temple in Aravade. Tattvavit Dasa writes about the significance of this new temple in a rural area of Maharashtra. Tens of thousands of villagers attended the opening ceremonies in an atmosphere saturated with the sound of the Lord’s holy names.
Chanting Hare Krishna always plays a prominent role at temple openings, as it does during any Hare Krishna function, because it forms the core of devotees’ spiritual practice. In “Kirtana-Yoga and the Maha-mantra,” Satyaraja Dasa writes about the history, practice, and results of chanting the holy names.
The goal of chanting is awakening our natural love for Krishna, and in “Exploring Love,” Visakha Devi Dasi tells why loving Krishna is the solution to our struggles to love and to be loved.
• 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.