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WELCOME  When Srila Prabhupada left India in 1965 to introduce Krishna consciousness to the West, he knew that practically no one here knew anything about Krishna, if they had heard of Him at all. While introducing Krishna, Prabhupada naturally felt the need to inform people of Krishna’s latest incarnation. If getting people to accept Krishna as “the Supreme Personality of Godhead” was not enough of a challenge, Srila Prabhupada also wanted to convince them that Krishna was present on earth a mere five centuries ago – as Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Disguised as a devotee, Krishna taught and demonstrated how to develop pure love for Himself.

In India, to this day, Lord Krishna is widely accepted as God, but His appearance in Bengal as Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is not well known or acknowledged. A main reason for this is that, because He descended to experience the exquisite spiritual taste of being a devotee of Himself, He generally did not reveal His identity as Lord Krishna. And although, like any avatar of Krishna, He is mentioned in the Vedic scriptures, the evidence there tends to be sporadic.

In this issue, which coincides with the anniversary of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s appearance, Satyaraja Dasa discusses one particular reference to Lord Chaitanya, found in the well-known epic the Mahabharata.

Hare Krishna. – Nagaraja Dasa, Editor

Articles this month:

Small but Positive

Acknowledging our smallness can be empowering when we know we’re part of something great. By Vraja Vihari Dasa Though it ...

The Spiritual Value of Feelings

Firmly rooted in philosophy, bhakti-yoga aims at the pinnacle of spiritual emotions. By Vishakha Devi Dasi Our emotions, which may ...

Seek a Spiritual Master for Success

Lord Krishna’s mercy comes to us through His pure representatives. By Suvarna Radha Devi Dasi Lord Krishna empowers pure-hearted representatives ...

The Golden Sannyasi: Sri Chaitanya in the Mahabharata

Although Lord Chaitanya generally hid His identity as Krishna, scriptural references reveal the truth. By Satyaraja Dasa Desiring to relish ...

Artificial Intelligence and Krishna Consciousness

As the influence of AI increases daily, it behooves us to consider its potential benefits and challenges to our spiritual ...

Infinity and the Pursuit of Knowledge

The mathematicians’ failure to delineate infinity suggests that some wonders of the world are beyond human ability to compute or ...

The Art of Giving and Receiving Feedback

Scriptural guidance for evaluating four combinations of feedback givers and feedback takers. By Gauranga Darshana Dasa An analysis of four ...

Be Spiritual, Be Different

Can it be nighttime and daytime at the same time? An analysis of an enigmatic verse of the Bhagavad-gita. By ...

The Magnanimity of Lord Krishna

A core principle of bhakti is the conviction that Lord Krishna wants only the ultimate good for each one of ...

Arisen Like the Sun and Moon

Srila Prabhupada explains that Lord Chaitanya and Lord Nityananda came to destroy the darkness of ignorance within our hearts. By ...