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March/April 2016

WELCOME  As we continue our yearlong celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, we begin this issue with a lecture Srila Prabhupada gave in December 1966, five months after he incorporated the Society. A little more than a year earlier, he had begun teaching the Bhagavad-gita in Butler, Pennsylvania, shortly after his arrival in America. Later, regular Gita classes were at the heart of his first temple, in New York City. Then, in November 1966, he added Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita classes, responding to the desire of his early disciples to hear from this revered book on the life and teachings of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the incarnation of Lord Krishna for this age. In the verse Prabhupada speaks on in this issue, Lord Chaitanya tells a disciple that to identify an avatar of God, we must rely on the infallible authority of the Vedic scriptures.

This issue also commemorates the fortieth anniversary of ISKCON Padayatra. Since 1976, devotees have spread Krishna consciousness by walking more than 160,000 miles in countries all over the world. Gaurangi Devi Dasi, coordinator for the Padayatra Worldwide Ministry since 2012, presents some highlights of this important legacy of Srila Prabhupada’s mission.

Hare Krishna. – Nagaraja Dasa, Editor

Articles this month:

Does Asana Equal Yoga?

By Satyaraja Dasa Nowadays everyone knows what yoga is. Or do they? In the West yoga is more popular than ...
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What profit in all our labors?

By Jayadvaita Swami An Old Testament sage holds before us the contradictions of human life. [From Vanity Karma: Ecclesiastes, the ...
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“Do Not Fear”

By Purushottama Nitai Dasa Wholeheartedly surrendering to Krishna, as the Bhagavad-gita urges us, is the guaranteed way to fearlessness. I ...
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The Forty-Year History of ISKCON Padayatra

By Gaurangi Devi Dasi In our high-tech world, a time-honored low-tech tradition still proves to be an effective way to ...
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Judging Without Understanding: The Recipe for Ruining Relationships

By Chaitanya Charana Dasa The final stage of the relationship between Vali and Sugriva, important characters in the Ramayana, provide ...
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Demigod Father, Demon Son

By Chaitanya Charana Dasa, as told to Janakinatha Dasa How a father's dying wish and Srila Prabhupada's Gita changed one ...
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His ISKCON Branch

By Sureshvara Dasa After decades of planning, in the 1960s and ’70s Srila Prabhupada established the Hare Krishna movement by ...
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How to Identify an Avatar

By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada Founder-Acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness Lecture given in ...
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