Back to Godhead March/April 2014

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March/April 2014

WELCOME    Unlike the last issue, which devoted many pages to one theme – the fortieth-anniversary Janmashtami at Bhaktivedanta Manor in England – this issue's nine feature articles cover a wide range of subjects.

Our cover story, Satyaraja Dasa's "Ramananda Samvada: The Perfect Conversation," tells of a five-hundred-year-old dialogue on Krishna consciousness that was also wide ranging, covering philosophical topics from the most basic to the most elevated. To establish the basic points, Ramananda Raya mainly quoted the Bhagavad-gita. In "Why Is the Bhagavad-gita So Pessimistic?" Chaitanya Charana Dasa replies to a common question about that time-honored book of wisdom.

Several articles concern real-life application of the philosophy of Krishna consciousness. In "Abhay Charan: A Special Gift," a husband and wife face a medical decision related to their unborn child. "Playing with Krishna" discusses ways preschool children can have fun while learning about Krishna. "A Retreat for Krishna Couples" reports on a weekend seminar designed to help married couples progress harmoniously in their spiritual lives.

Deviating from these family-oriented themes, Indra Krishna Dasa's "Toward Krishna Conscious Governance" addresses a higher-level issue: the dangerous character and policies of today's political leaders. The author calls for Lord Krishna's devotees to seek government positions, where the wisdom of Krishna's teachings can truly guide humanity.

Hare Krishna.—Nagaraja Dasa, Editor

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Even if we find Lord Krishna's view to be realistic, we still have ample reason for optimism.

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Do devotees of Lord Krishna have any responsibility in the face of the present calamities created by bad leadership all over the world?

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The apparent pleasure of surfing provides a fitting illustration of a universal principle of material existence.