Back to Godhead March/April 2021

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March/April 2021

WELCOME  This issue corresponds with the annual festival of Sri Gaura Purnima, celebrating the anniversary of the appearance of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in Bengal 435 years ago. Gaura, meaning “golden,” is a name for Lord Chaitanya that refers to the hue of His glowing complexion. Purnima is the full-moon night.

Srimad-Bhagavatam, composed more than fifty centuries ago, predicted that in this age Lord Krishna would descend, not in His original cowherd-boy form, but disguised as a golden-complexioned devotee of Himself. The Bhagavatam says that He and His associates will engage in chanting the holy names of the Lord (harinama-sankirtana), thus revealing the prescribed spiritual practice for our times. Our cover story in this issue, excerpted from a biography of Lord Chaitanya written shortly after His time here, gives us a glimpse into the beginnings of the sankirtana movement.

Though chanting is at the heart of Lord Chaitanya’s movement, there’s much more to it than that. He taught extensively about philosophy and theology, drawing primarily on Srimad-Bhagavatam to establish eternal spiritual truths. In “Srimad-Bhagavatam: The Postgraduate Study of Religion,” Satyaraja Dasa describes some of the glories of that incomparable scripture.

Hare Krishna. – Nagaraja Dasa, Editor


Only the purest souls were fortunate enough to witness Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s ecstatic chanting and dancing in the home of Srivasa Thakura.


As Sita Devi’s example shows, good judgment must inform our desire to do the right thing.


Most people hope for heavenly rewards from their religion. The Bhagavatam begins by rejecting that idea.


The Bhagavad-gita tells us that someone besides us is fully aware of all our unique subjective experiences.


As the great devotee Bhishma prepares to leave this world, he remembers Lord Krishna’s greatest devotees.