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March/April 2022

WELCOME  This issue corresponds with the annual festival of Gaura Purnima, which commemorates the divine appearance of Lord Krishna as Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu 536 years ago in Bengal. The Vedic scriptures speak of innumerable avatars of Krishna who have appeared throughout the millenniums, but Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is known as His most merciful avatar. In our cover story for this issue, Gauranga Darshana Dasa tells of “Ten Characteristics of Lord Chaitanya’s Mercy,” based on a prayer by Srila Svarupa Damodara Goswami, Lord Chaitanya’s personal secretary and intimate associate.

Purushottama Nitai Dasa writes about “Lord Chaitanya’s Civil Disobedience,” an act inspired by persecution of His insipient sankirtana movement. Mayapur-shashi’s article on the great devotee and philosopher Sri Jiva Goswami informs us about this most prolific author among Lord Chaitanya’s early followers.

Before His movement had reached beyond the borders of Bengal, Lord Chaitanya predicted that it would someday spread throughout the world. Satyaraja Dasa provides evidence that Srila Prabhupada was the empowered devotee who did the most to fulfill that prediction. And Chaitanya Charana Dasa gives insights into the poem Srila Prabhupada wrote at sea on his way to America to begin his momentous work on behalf of the Lord.

Hare Krishna. – Nagaraja Dasa, Editor

Articles this month:

Perfect Questions, Perfect Answers: The Story Behind the Book

This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of a Peace Corps worker’s life-changing meeting with Srila Prabhupada. By Brahma Tirtha Dasa ...

Ten Characteristics of Lord Chaitanya’s Mercy

Transcendental insights by one of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s most intimate associates. By Gauranga Darshana Dasa Lessons from a glorification of Sri ...

Deepening Our Chanting

Improving our japa begins when we assure ourselves that it’s possible. By Mahatma Das Affirmations for devotees eager to improve ...

Srila Jiva Goswami: The Greatest Scholar and Philosopher

The youngest of the Six Goswamis was prominent in laying out the philosophical foundations of Gaudiya Vaishnavism. By Mayapur-shashi Dasa ...

Lord Chaitanya’s Civil Disobedience

The Lord responds to an attempt to stop His sankirtana movement. By Purushottama Nitai Dasa Long before Gandhi, Sri Chaitanya ...

Prabhupada and Prophecy

From the very beginning of His movement in India, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu predicted that it would spread around the world. By ...

Submissive vs. Independently Thoughtful

Is it possible to humbly submit to one’s guru and still think for oneself? By Vishakha Devi Dasi Is Lord ...

Glimpses into a Heart Filled with Devotion and Compassion

In his “Prayer to the Lotus Feet of Krishna,” Srila Prabhupada reveals his devotional longing as he voyages to America ...

The World of Krishna’s Effulgence

Srila Prabhupada encourages us to take advantage of the readily available information about the spiritual world. By His Divine Grace ...