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January/February 2013

WELCOME In Chapter Eleven of the Bhagavad-gita, Lord Krishna puts on an astounding show by revealing His universal form to Arjuna. The display edifies Arjuna, frightens him, and serves as a warning to anyone claiming a status equal to Krishna’s, as Satyaraja Dasa discusses in “The Universal Form: Its Revelations and Implications.”

Krishna’s universal form is not very attractive to His devotees. One reason for this is that devotees know that the universal form is a subordinate feature of God because they’ve gained an intimate knowledge of God by hearing from authoritative sources. Ahladini Radharani Devi Dasi discusses the importance of hearing in “Ear: The Gateway to Liberation.” And hearing from the right sources is a cornerstone in the homeschooling philosophy that guided Aruddha Devi Dasi as she educated her two sons at home. In “Academics and Devotion” she shares her insights on how to raise academically qualified children who are happy in Krishna consciousness.

Practicing Krishna consciousness can be challenging because material desires impede our progress by attacking our concentration and sapping our energy. In “Parasites of the Mind” Chaitanya Charana Dasa discusses how we can protect ourselves from three main invaders of our spiritual consciousness.

Hare Krishna.—Nagaraja Dasa, Editor

Articles this month:

The Unknown Goal

By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada Lecture given in New York City, December 6, 1966 Lord Krishna ...

The Universal Form: Its Revelations and Implications

By Satyaraja Dasa A review of Vaishnava literature turns up five instances of Lord Krishna's showing His form as the ...

The Tale of Dorothy

By Radhanatha Swami Waiting for a delayed flight, a traveling swami consoles an irate passenger with Krishna's teachings. We waited ...

Mahaprabhu’s Victory Over the Mayavadis at Benares

By Karuna Dharini Devi Dasi Desiring to drown everyone in the flood of love of God, Lord Caitanya made a ...

Finding Solace in Krishna

By Gautam Saha "Had I held a copy of the Gita in my hands years earlier, perhaps I could have been ...

Academics and Devotion

By Aruddha Devi Dasi Guidance from a mother who homeschooled her two sons, and who both are now devotees and ...