March/April 2012

WELCOME

Yamuna Devi Dasi, an early disciple of Srila Prabhupada’s, passed away in December, having lived an exemplary life of devotional service. In this issue her longtime friend and godsister Vishakha Devi Dasi gives us a glimpse into Yamuna Devi’s extraordinary accomplishments and Vaishnava qualities.

Yamuna Devi was a pioneer in the early days of Srila Prabhupada’s International Society for Krishna Consciousness, traveling to London with her husband and two other couples to open ISKCON’s first temple outside North America. Prabhupada wanted his disciples to open temples all over the world, including building a majestic one in Mayapur, West Bengal, the birthplace of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. After many years of planning and fundraising, The Temple of the Vedic Planetarium is now rising on the bank of the Ganges. Ahijit Toley’s report in this issue gives us a look at the progress so far.

Srila Prabhupada wanted temples because they’re places where people can come together to worship the form of God on the altar. But many people reject the idea that God, by definition unlimited, has a form. In his article “How Can the Unlimited Have a Form?” Chaitanya Charana Dasa helps us penetrate the seeming paradox of unlimited form.

Hare Krishna.—Nagaraja Dasa, Editor

Articles this month:

The Heart of a Vaishnava

By Vishakha Devi Dasi An appreciation of the extraordinarily devoted life of Srila Prabhupada’s beloved disciple Yamuna Devi Dasi (1942–2011) ...

Stages of Attachment to God

By His divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada Founder-Acarya of the international Society for Krishna consciousness Loving God begins with ...

Guru: The Scriptural Basis

By Satyaraja Dasa Shedding some light on an often-misunderstood concept. As traditionally understood, there are three kinds of guru in ...

From Sneering Passerby to Initiated Disciple

By Mahabhagavata Dasa A successful young man gradually discovers what’s truly valuable. One afternoon, as I walked out of a ...

How Can the Unlimited Have a Form?

By Chaitanya Charana Dasa A systematic logical and scriptural analysis resolves the paradox underlying the apparently self-contradictory phrase "unlimited form." ...

The Rising Moon of Mayapur

By Abhijit Toley In West Bengal, in a little-known village on the bank of the Ganges, an extraordinary temple is ...