Back to Godhead March/April 2017

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March/April 2017

WELCOME  Last year was the fiftieth anniversary of ISKCON, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, which means that Hare Krishna devotees in the form of followers of His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada are now in their third generation. Devotees from all three generations met for a four-day Kulimela festival in New Vrindaban, West Virginia, last June. There was plenty of Krishna conscious activity for all ages, including serious adult discussions about ensuring a positive experience of spiritual life for the movement's children today and for generations to come.

At the other end of life's spectrum, we honor the passing of His Holiness Krishna Dasa Swami. We ran a short "In Memoriam" about him in the last issue, and when Nikunja Vilasini Devi Dasi, inspired by his example, proposed to write a feature article on his life, we encouraged her to do so.

This issue corresponds with the festival of Gaura Purnima, celebrating the divine appearance of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu 531 years ago. To commemorate this holy event, Satyaraja Dasa discusses the significance of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's Shikshashtaka, eight verses of deep spiritual lessons.

Chaitanya Charana Dasa's "Fatalism or Pragmatism?" deals with the interplay of destiny and human initiative.

Hare Krishna. – Nagaraja Dasa, Editor

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Insight into the concept of duty can help us act in the face of seemingly fixed destiny.

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ISKCON's second generation, many now parents themselves, are inspired to find ways for their children to taste the joy of Krishna consciousness.

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Krishna Dasa Swami's dedication to the eternal religion took root in his youth and later flourished under Srila Prabhupada's inspiration.