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March/April 2020

WELCOME  The world of Krishna consciousness has many terms one is unlikely to encounter elsewhere. One that may perplex someone new to this world is the phrase “lotus feet,” routinely used in reference to Lord Krishna and His pure devotees. We can interpret the term in different ways, one of which is that it’s a way to stress Krishna’s beauty, beginning with His feet. When looking at Krishna, His devotees start with His feet in humility and respect. In this issue, Vamshi Vihari Dasa discusses the frequent metaphorical use of “lotus” and “moon” in describing Lord Krishna’s beauty and character.

As Krishna’s name, meaning “all-attractive,” implies, His beauty surpasses everyone else’s. And so does His happiness. Srila Prabhupada explains in his opening lecture that our happiness is contingent on our pleasing Krishna, because we are integral parts of Him.

Our mistaken conception that we’re separate from Krishna is at the root of our material existence, the nature of which is discussed in “Who Is the Cause of My Suffering?” and “Swift Destruction.”

Satyaraja Dasa writes about another kind of root or, rather, roots – ten essential roots of the sublime philosophy of the Vedic literature, as presented by Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.

Hare Krishna. – Nagaraja Dasa, Editor

Articles this month:

Death: At Whose Hands or for Whose Hands

The Ramayana character Maricha was faced with choosing who would kill him. By Chaitanya Charana Dasa Knowing he’d be killed ...
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Rupa Goswami’s Superlative Travel Guide

The book Srila Prabhupada called ISKCON’s lawbook will direct us on our journey to Krishna abode. Karuna Dharini Devi Dasi ...
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Who Is the Cause of My Suffering?

When suffering comes, we would do well to look beyond the immediate cause. By Gauranga Darshana Dasa Externally addressing the ...
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Swift Destruction

The days and nights of our passing years are Time’s soldiers, and our body’s defeat is inevitable. By Vishakha Devi ...
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Come in From the Storm

Genuine human progress begins when we acknowledge our predicament: our failure at material enjoyment. By Devamrita Swami Wandering the forest ...
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Dasha-mula-tattva: The Ten Roots of Gaudiya Vaishnavism

In ten pithy statements, Bhaktivinoda Thakura summarizes the profound philosophy of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. By Satyaraja Dasa Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura ...
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Stubbornness: Vice or Virtue?

An act viewed as obstinacy may in fact be one of righteous determination. Mathura Vasi Devi Dasi Stubbornness covers a ...
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Lord Krishna: As Pure as a Lotus, As Cool as the Moon

The Vedic scriptures and Vaishnava poets describe the beauty and character of Lord Krishna. By Vamshi Vihari Dasa Seeing Krishna ...
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The Process for Being Happy

Srila Prabhupada explains why instead of trying to gratify our senses, we should gratify the senses of the Lord. By ...
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