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March/April 2013

WELCOME  This issue corresponds with the anniversary of the appearance of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the incarnation of Lord Krishna who appeared in West Bengal in 1486 CE. As Satyaraja Dasa writes in “Krishna Consciousness: The Golden Opportunity,” Lord Chaitanya is Krishna in the mood of Radha, Krishna’s most intimate devotee. She is full of love for Krishna, and Lord Chaitanya delivered the process by which we can come to taste that love.

While chanting is the essence of Lord Chaitanya’s mission, His biographies written by His contemporaries reveal related spiritual practices. Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, for example, tells of Chaitanya’s devotees offering dandavat—lying prostrate before God or His representatives. In “Offering Dandavat: A Nurturing Display of Surrender,” Urmila Devi Dasi writes of the spiritual importance of this practice.

Chanting Krishna’s names is called kirtana, but the word can mean any type of devotional expression, including writing. Srila Prabhupada would sometimes refer to his books as recorded kirtanas. In “The W.R.I.T.E. Service,” Chaitanya Carana Dasa encourages us, as Srila Prabhupada did, to write as devotional service to the Lord. My thanks to devotees who produce articles for this magazine and thus heed Prabhupada’s call to write.

Hare Krishna.—Nagaraja Dasa, Editor

Articles this month:

Karma-yoga in the Bhagavad-gita

By Visakha Devi Dasi After hearing what seem to be contradictory instructions, Arjuna asks Lord Krsna for clarification.  In Chapter ...
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Sickness: A Friend and Teacher

By Vamsi Vihari Dasa Though illness may restrict or halt our normal spiritual activities, it can provide spiritual benefits we ...
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Offering Dandavat: A Nurturing Display of Surrender

By Urmila Devi Dasi A simple yet elegant way for each of us to yield to the loving desire of ...
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Krishna Consciousness: The Golden Opportunity

By Satyaraja Dasa The Golden Avatar delivered the gold standard of spiritual practices for this age. In general, people like ...
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Wrestling for Krishna: A Meditation Teacher’s Journey

By Sarvabhauma Dasa How inspiration to become a devotee of Krishna came from two unlikely sources: an interest in wrestling, ...
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Relationships Matter

By Krsna Prestha Devi Dasi Have you ever wondered how you would make a difference in the world?  Srila Prabhupada ...
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The W.R.I.T.E. Service

By Chaitanya Charana Dasa Five reasons to write as devotional service to Lord Krishna. "Realization means you should write. Every ...
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Protected by Krishna

By His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada As the Battle of Kurukshetra is about to begin, Arjuna's enemy Duryodhana ...
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