WELCOME Srila Prabhupada brought the West not only Lord Krishna, but also Lord Chaitanya, Krishna’s most recent incarnation. While most incarnations described in the Vedic literature are partial manifestations of Krishna, Sri Chaitanya is fully Krishna Himself, teaching us how to be devotees of Krishna.
Today, success in spiritual life depends on the mercy of Lord Chaitanya, and four articles in this issue relate to Him. Our cover story is about Srila Rupa Goswami, whom Lord Chaitanya empowered as one of the leaders of His movement. In “When God Offers a Discount” Jitendra Savanur explains that Lord Chaitanya delivered a method of God realization just suitable for our times, when almost no one is qualified to perfect the spiritual practices prescribed in former ages.
Vishakha Devi Dasi, in “Our Internal and External Missions,” centers her presentation on Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s instruction that all human beings should strive to perfect their own lives and help others do the same. The idea of helping others is essential to Chaitanya’s mission, and in “Tukarama: Western India’s Exemplar of Lord Chaitanya’s Teachings,” Mahananda Chaitanya Dasa tells of a saint who, true to Chaitanya’s teachings, inspired the people of Maharashtra to take up the chanting of Krishna’s holy names.
Hare Krishna. – Nagaraja Dasa, Editor