Six Vaishnava Magazines
Here’s six magazines that I read. I may have highlighted them before, but they are worthy of repetition.
(1) First up is the Back to Godhead magazine, ISKCON’s flagship, started by Srila Prabhupada in 1944 and still a rewarding read. Delivered to your door through subscription at your local Krishna centre or from krishna.com. I particularly like the July edition because it has our dear Queen Elizabeth visiting the new Krishna school in London.
(2) Second is the street newspaper and online version of 16 Rounds to Samadhi which is distributed in the Bay area of California. Good writing on issues of the day and a refreshing and relevant way of presenting the teachings of the Bhagavad-gita. You’ll find it right here.
(3) Here’s one I hadn’t seen before: Gaudiya Touchstone, an online only but downloadable pdf magazine with some great, scripturally-based articles and photography of India that showcases their vast photo stock shop. To have a look click here
(4) Then, a free Vaishnava newsletter titled Krishna Kathamrita Bindhu from Gopal Jiu publications based in Orissa (now re-named as Odisha) in eastern India. This is delivered to your in-box every few weeks. Its a short but rewarding read and you can subscribe by clicking here and filling out the box at the top of the page.
(5) Here’s one that’s not strictly a magazine but it looks like one. This is a Sri Vaishnava news portal which carries interesting articles for followers of Sri Vaishnavism. Its named Anudinam. If you can tolerate the writers using the commonly-used but pejorative Victorian-Christian-English word for archa-vigraha (worshipable image) - the horrible word ‘idol’ – then there are some interesting pieces available here.
(6) Finally, I have been subscribing to the monthly Nrisimhapriya magazine for more than three years. Its published by the Ahobila Math, headquartered in Chennai (Madras) and Ahobilam in Andhra Pradesh. They are a congregation about one million strong and there main deity is Sri Narasimha. Their monthly mag has lots of deeper, philosophical articles of interest to the Vaishnava with an enquiring mind. Despite being located in the south of India, where IT seems to be as common as coconuts, they do not seem to have an online version. I have personally visited their offices and they are very nice gentlemen. You can subscribe, with difficulty, by contacting them here:
Sri Nrisimha Priya, Sri Desika Bhavanam, 30,Venkatesa Agraharam, Mylapore, Chennai 60004, Tamil Nadu, India. Phone:2 4611540, Fax:2 4611540, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org