Back to Godhead March/April 2009

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March/April 2009

This issue contains three articles on the feminine aspect of God. Gaudiya Vaishnava philosophy, following the teachings of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, states that God and His feminine consort are two persons and one person simultaneously. Though this idea is said to be inconceivable, defying logic, it implies that our conceptions of Krishna, Rama, Vishnu, and other full manifestations of God are incomplete if we neglect to consider Radha, Sita, and Lakshmi as parts of their identity. As Srila Prabhupada would often point out, God is not Krishna alone but Radha-Krishna. The three Goddess articles in this issue focus on their unique identities as well as their relationships with their masculine counterparts.

This issue also contains a new centerfold painting of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Nityananda Prabhu. Lord Chaitanya is Krishna Himself, and Nityananda is His brother, Balarama. They appeared in Bengal five hundred years ago to establish sankirtana-the congregational chanting of the names of God-as the prescribed religion for the current age.

Sankirtana is the heart of the Hare Krishna movement. That's why you'll find devotees chanting in public places around the world. Krishna-kripa Dasa's "Chanting at the World's Biggest Street Party" is a good example of sankirtana in action today.

Hare Krishna.-Nagaraja Dasa, Editor


How Hare Krishna devotees revel among the revelers.


The Ramayana proclaims the astonishing devotion and character of Lord Ramachandra's queen.


A complete understanding of God must include awareness of His feminine aspect.


In the early 1930s, the spiritual master of His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada set up memorials at South Indian holy places visited by Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.


At age seven, her grandfather bought her a five-rupee book that would eventually change her life.


A discussion of Prabhupada’s motto for expressing his vision of a spiritual culture close to nature.


Srila Prabhupada explains that to get perfect knowledge even of this world, we must hear from sources beyond it.