WELCOME Sri Krishna Janmashtami is the annual celebration of Lord Krishna’s appearance on earth some five thousand years ago. Millions of people take part in this event, especially in India, but increasingly, all over the world.
Krishna is more than just a cultural icon whose birthday means a day of festivities. He’s the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and His devotees cherish Janmashtami as an opportunity to increase their devotion to Him.
Several articles in this issue touch on the theme of the quest to awaken our love for Krishna. Akshay Gupta, in “Bhakti-yoga: Fulfilling Our Need to Love,” tells us why pure love for Krishna is the most worthy of all goals. Krishnanandini Devi Dasi says that we must “Surrender to the Idea of Surrendering” to Lord Krishna.
The transition from material consciousness to Krishna consciousness takes effort, as Satyaraja Dasa explains in “Yoga, Bhakti, and the Battlefield of Life.” And Krishna Dhana Dasa writes that to ensure that we’re “Marching Swiftly Towards Sri Krishna,” we need to overcome two persistent obstacles.
In “The Art of Living: Master the Art of Dying,” Sri Chaitanya Chandra Dasa explains how being mindful of death can help us become more mindful of Krishna.
Hare Krishna. – Nagaraja Dasa, Editor