Back to Godhead September/October 2006
In this issue we hear about ways in which Krishna consciousness benefits the word. When asked whether Hare Krishna devotees perform welfare work, Srila Prabhupada would generally reply that most people don’t know that true welfare work is directed to the soul. The welfare work of Krishna consciousness provides eternal benefits.
Two primary forms of Hare Krishna welfare work are the public chanting of the holy names of God and the distribution of prasadam, food prepared for God and offered to Him with devotion. In “sankirtana: Welfare for All Beings,” Dayananda Dasa explains why Krishna’s devotees take the chanting of Krishna’s holy names to the streets for the benefit of all who hear. And in “Spiritual Conquest with Banana Bread,” Arcana Siddhi Devi Dasi tells of the efforts of Maharha Devi Dasi to enthusiastically give prasadam to whomever she meets.
Devotees’ efforts to benefit others with prasadam and the holy name are part of their service to Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the most recent—and most merciful—incarnation of Krishna. In this issue we hear of His spiritual ecstasy and His desire to give it to others through his sankirtana movement.
Hare Krishna.—Nagaraja Dasa, Editor