WELCOME Srila Prabhupada was tasked with the mission from his guru to spread Krishna consciousness to the English-speaking world, and despite all odds he succeeded magnificently. He said that he owed his success to the blessings of his guru, and the Vedic scriptures say that only someone specifically empowered by Lord Krishna can spread devotion to Him far and wide.
In “Srila Prabhupada: Delivering the Essence from the Past, Present, and Future,” Chaitanya Charana Dasa analyses Prabhupada’s way of presentation, addressing the question of whether he should be considered a traditionalist, an existentialist, or a utopian. He concludes that Prabhupada exemplified the best these three have to offer.
A major aspect of Krishna consciousness that Prabhupada introduced in the West was the worship of the deity in the temple. In “Madana Mohana: Mesmerizer of Mesmerizers,” Satyaraja Dasa writes about one of the first deities worshiped by the devotees sent by Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu to revive Vrindavan, the sacred site of Lord Krishna’s childhood.
Vrindavan in India is spiritually identical to eternal Goloka Vrindavana of the spiritual world. Most residents of Vrindavan today are loving devotees of Krishna and Srimati Radharani, His eternal consort. In an excerpt from her book Bhakti Shakti: Goddess of Divine Love, Pranada Devi Dasi provides insight into the identities and relationship of the divine couple.
Hare Krishna. – Nagaraja Dasa, Editor