Back to Godhead May/June 2010

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May/June 2010

In the Founder's Lecture starting this issue, Srila Prabhupada lays out the high qualification required to attain bhakti, pure love for God: One must give up all desire for material enjoyment. For most of us, that sounds like a tall order. In "Maya's Friend Norm," Padma Devi Dasi explains that we react that way because Lord Krishna's material energy, Maya, covers our spiritual vision, deluding us spiritual beings into thinking we belong in the material world. The quest for material enjoyment becomes our goal in life.

To overcome this delusion, we require Lord Krishna's help. In "Conviction," Ravindra Svarupa Dasa contends that the soul's connection with the Supersoul, a form of Krishna within everyone's heart, is what inspires faith in the reality of God and spiritual existence.

Spiritual conviction is also nurtured by contact with God's pure devotees and their instructions. In the Vaishnava tradition, to which the Hare Krishna movement belongs, a person serious about spiritual progress receives initiation (diksha) from a guru, accepts the guru's discipline, and learns spiritual truth from him.

"In the Lap of Mother Nature" shows how a grand-disciple of Srila Prabhupada looked at nature in the light of Prabhupada's instructions and gained increased conviction about the truth of Krishna consciousness.

Hare Krishna.—Nagaraja Dasa, Editor


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A natural environment can help us feel God's presence, especially when Prabhupada's teachings aid our vision.


What accounts for spiritual certitude in an age of doubt?


An artist looks to art for answers to life's big questions.


These days, spiritual initiation is often sold for a little money and no commitment.


Why the soul accepts as normal its predicament within the material energy.


Srila Prabhupada explains that pure devotion to God is awarded only to those free of desire for material enjoyment.