This third issue of Gaudiya Touchstone completes our first year of publication and we are happy to announce that our reader reception has been exceptional and we are anticipating even more success in the coming year.

The cover story of this issue explores the possible reality of the UFO phenomena and it is followed up by two short articles by prominent scientist Robert Lanza — Where are all the Aliens and Why do you Exist?

From the archives and words from our Guardians, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada dismisses the importance of varnashrama, Sarasvati Thakura explains Sri Guru-tattva and Bhaktivinoda Thakura writes about A Dispute About Sri Sri Mahaprabhu — all excellent articles filled with spiritual knowledge and revelation.

In mathematics, Swami Vishnu completes part two of The History of Numbers.In The Colour of Renunciation, Swami Giri takes us on a journey in antiquity and uncovers the real colour of clothing for those in the renounced order of life, sannyasa. In Star of David or Star of Goloka we learn that the symbol of Judaism (the Star of David) used by Jews for centuries is a much older Vedic symbol and has been used in India by Hindus, Buddhists and Vaishnavas for several millennia.

The photo spread by Nila Newsom highlights the colours for which India is so famous and brings us there thru his amazing images. Dominique Amendola gives a beautiful description and history of Krishna in Tangore Art. And keeping us ever aware of the dangers to our health, Priyanana uncovers The Dangers of Aspartame — let the healthy-minded be advised.

We hope our readers will relish this issue of Gaudiya Touchstone and continue to give us their support during the upcoming year.

Swami Narasingha