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January/February 2021

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

Articles this month:

Tukarama: Western India’s Exemplar of Lord Chaitanya’s Teachings

In the seventeenth century, the sankirtana movement flourished in Maharashtra thanks to the efforts of this inspired devotee. By Mahananda ...
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FEAR: An Acronym for Facing Fear

Here’s a strategy to deal with fear: Focus, Arise, Engage, and Release. By Chaitanya Charana Dasa Strategies for dealing with ...
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The Intelligence Within Everything

Srila Prabhupada explains that, like our own body, the universe develops because of the spirit within it. By His Divine ...
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A Glowworm in Front of the Sun

Lord Brahma, the powerful creator of the universe, tests Lord Krishna and realizes he has more than met his match ...
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Rupa Goswami: Unique Recipient of Sri Chaitanya’s Mercy

A highly posted government officer renounced the world and became a highly posted leader among Lord Chaitanya’s followers. By Mayapur-shashi ...
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The Bhagavad-gita’s Three Greatest Secrets

Lord Krishna’s instructions to Arjuna involve various levels of confidentiality in regard to the nature of reality. By Satyaraja Dasa ...
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Our Internal and External Missions

Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu ordered His followers to work for the ultimate benefit of themselves and others. By Vishakha Devi Dasi ...
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A Love Supreme: Rosa Parks and Govinda’s Restaurant

In the mid-1990s, one of Time magazine’s twenty most influential and iconic figures of the twentieth century was a regular ...
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When God Offers a Discount

To say that Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu came to offer the sale of the century would be an understatement. By Jitendra ...
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