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March/April 2017

WELCOME  Last year was the fiftieth anniversary of ISKCON, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, which means that Hare Krishna devotees in the form of followers of His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada are now in their third generation. Devotees from all three generations met for a four-day Kulimela festival in New Vrindaban, West Virginia, last June. There was plenty of Krishna conscious activity for all ages, including serious adult discussions about ensuring a positive experience of spiritual life for the movement’s children today and for generations to come.

At the other end of life’s spectrum, we honor the passing of His Holiness Krishna Dasa Swami. We ran a short “In Memoriam” about him in the last issue, and when Nikunja Vilasini Devi Dasi, inspired by his example, proposed to write a feature article on his life, we encouraged her to do so.

This issue corresponds with the festival of Gaura Purnima, celebrating the divine appearance of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu 531 years ago. To commemorate this holy event, Satyaraja Dasa discusses the significance of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s Shikshashtaka, eight verses of deep spiritual lessons.

Chaitanya Charana Dasa’s “Fatalism or Pragmatism?” deals with the interplay of destiny and human initiative.

Hare Krishna. – Nagaraja Dasa, Editor

Articles this month:

Try to Understand Krishna

By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada Lecture given in Vrindavan, India, on August 9, 1974 To truly ...
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A Life of Dharma

By Nikunja Vilasini Devi Dasi In memory of His Holiness Krishna Dasa Swami, whose life and passing exemplify his words: ...
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Kulimela: The Next Generation

By Madhava Smullen On the tenth anniversary of the first Kulimela, Kulis explore how to create a new and better ...
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My Only Problem . . . and Maybe Yours Too!

By Indra Krishna Dasa The author discovers that all our problems are the manifestation of one single problem. If you ...
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Fatalism or Pragmatism?

By Chaitanya Charana Dasa Understanding the concept of destiny disempowers passivity and empowers a focus on duty. Indian thought is ...
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