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March/April 2014

WELCOME    Unlike the last issue, which devoted many pages to one theme – the fortieth-anniversary Janmashtami at Bhaktivedanta Manor in England – this issue’s nine feature articles cover a wide range of subjects.

Our cover story, Satyaraja Dasa’s “Ramananda Samvada: The Perfect Conversation,” tells of a five-hundred-year-old dialogue on Krishna consciousness that was also wide ranging, covering philosophical topics from the most basic to the most elevated. To establish the basic points, Ramananda Raya mainly quoted the Bhagavad-gita. In “Why Is the Bhagavad-gita So Pessimistic?” Chaitanya Charana Dasa replies to a common question about that time-honored book of wisdom.

Several articles concern real-life application of the philosophy of Krishna consciousness. In “Abhay Charan: A Special Gift,” a husband and wife face a medical decision related to their unborn child. “Playing with Krishna” discusses ways preschool children can have fun while learning about Krishna. “A Retreat for Krishna Couples” reports on a weekend seminar designed to help married couples progress harmoniously in their spiritual lives.

Deviating from these family-oriented themes, Indra Krishna Dasa’s “Toward Krishna Conscious Governance” addresses a higher-level issue: the dangerous character and policies of today’s political leaders. The author calls for Lord Krishna’s devotees to seek government positions, where the wisdom of Krishna’s teachings can truly guide humanity.

Hare Krishna.—Nagaraja Dasa, Editor

Articles this month:

Playing with Krishna

By Suvarna Radhika Devi Dasi Introducing Krsna consciousness to young children through play. In one corner of my preschool room, ...

They Won, I Lost

By Surendra Singh Saukhanda His mother's cultural training and his wife's sincere prayers diverted his blind march forward and brought ...

Rescuing Sinful, Suffering Humanity

By His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada Founder-Acarya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness Lord Krsna descended in ...

Surfing or Suffering?

By Sarvabhauma Dasa Anyone in the material world looking for the perfect wave is looking in the wrong ocean. In ...

Toward Krishna Conscious Governance

By Indra Krishna Dasa A clarion call for devotees and likeminded people to come together and, by Krishna conscious governance, ...

Why Is the Bhagavad-gita So Pessimistic?

By Chaitanya Charana Dasa Four points to consider regarding Lord Krishna's characterization of life in the material world. After teaching ...

A Retreat for Krishna Couples

By Arcana Siddhi Devi Dasi ISKCON's Grihastha Vision Team helps married couples progress in harmony toward their shared ultimate goal: pure ...

Abhay Charan: A Special Gift

By Ananta Vallabha Dasa When a couple's unborn child is diagnosed with a life-threatening condition, they turn to Lord Krishna's devotees ...