March/April 2009

This issue contains three articles on the feminine aspect of God. Gaudiya Vaishnava philosophy, following the teachings of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, states that God and His feminine consort are two persons and one person simultaneously. Though this idea is said to be inconceivable, defying logic, it implies that our conceptions of Krishna, Rama, Vishnu, and other full manifestations of God are incomplete if we neglect to consider Radha, Sita, and Lakshmi as parts of their identity. As Srila Prabhupada would often point out, God is not Krishna alone but Radha-Krishna. The three Goddess articles in this issue focus on their unique identities as well as their relationships with their masculine counterparts.

This issue also contains a new centerfold painting of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Nityananda Prabhu. Lord Chaitanya is Krishna Himself, and Nityananda is His brother, Balarama. They appeared in Bengal five hundred years ago to establish sankirtana-the congregational chanting of the names of God-as the prescribed religion for the current age.

Sankirtana is the heart of the Hare Krishna movement. That’s why you’ll find devotees chanting in public places around the world. Krishna-kripa Dasa’s “Chanting at the World’s Biggest Street Party” is a good example of sankirtana in action today.

Hare Krishna.-Nagaraja Dasa, Editor

Articles this month:

How to Find Real Knowledge

By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada Lecture given in Los Angeles, May 16, 1970 Knowledge of this ...

“Plain Living and High Thinking”: An English Lesson with Srila Prabhupada

By Ravindra Svarupa Dasa Prabhupada drew his motto for natural spiritual culture from a line by a British poet. Any ...

The Book Under My Pillow

By Mangala Arati Devi Dasi After more than a decade, a mysterious attachment to a certain book yields the sweetest ...

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati’s South India Tour

By Srila Bhaktisiddhanata Sarasvati Thakura In the early 1930s, the intrepid preacher of Krishna consciousness receives grand receptions from the ...

Sri Radha: The Feminine Divine

By Satyaraja Dasa The holy name resounds through the streets of Amsterdam on the Queen's birthday. Gaudiya Vaishnava theology includes ...

Sita Devi’s Inner Harmony

By Vishakha Devi Dasi In the face of extreme hardship, Lord Ramachandra's queen reveals her extraordinary character, founded on her ...

Chanting at the World’s Biggest Street Party

By Krishna-kripa Dasa The holy name resounds through the streets of Amsterdam on the Queen's birthday. When countries observe national ...