The Vedic literature tells of bygone ages when godly kings ruled the world. Guided by selfrealized souls, they used their positions to engage the citizens in the primary aim of human life: the awakening of pure love for God, now lying dormant within each of us. In this issue, the book excerpt A Sheltered King tells about one such exemplary king, Ambarisa Maharaja, whose power of devotion to God defeated the mystic power of an irate sage.

Today, the idea of a God-centered government disturbs people, one reason being competing concepts of God. In this magazine, with support from the Vedic scriptures, we champion Lord Krishna as God. People unfamiliar with Krishna naturally balk at this idea, but even those who know something about Him may challenge the logic of worshiping a God who seems to perform immoral acts. In “Can God Be Immoral?” Mukundamala Dasa responds to this challenge.

Two other articles in this issue provide insight into Krishna ’s supremacy. “Fulfilling Our Longing for Love,” Caitanya Carana Dasa explains, can be attained only in a relationship with Krishna . And Rasa Purusa Dasa, who passed away before seeing his article in print, explains how Krishna is the reservoir of compassion.


• 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.