May/June 2010

In the Founder’s Lecture starting this issue, Srila Prabhupada lays out the high qualification required to attain bhakti, pure love for God: One must give up all desire for material enjoyment. For most of us, that sounds like a tall order. In “Maya’s Friend Norm,” Padma Devi Dasi explains that we react that way because Lord Krishna’s material energy, Maya, covers our spiritual vision, deluding us spiritual beings into thinking we belong in the material world. The quest for material enjoyment becomes our goal in life.

To overcome this delusion, we require Lord Krishna’s help. In “Conviction,” Ravindra Svarupa Dasa contends that the soul’s connection with the Supersoul, a form of Krishna within everyone’s heart, is what inspires faith in the reality of God and spiritual existence.

Spiritual conviction is also nurtured by contact with God’s pure devotees and their instructions. In the Vaishnava tradition, to which the Hare Krishna movement belongs, a person serious about spiritual progress receives initiation (diksha) from a guru, accepts the guru’s discipline, and learns spiritual truth from him.

“In the Lap of Mother Nature” shows how a grand-disciple of Srila Prabhupada looked at nature in the light of Prabhupada’s instructions and gained increased conviction about the truth of Krishna consciousness.

Hare Krishna.—Nagaraja Dasa, Editor

Articles this month:

Desire Nothing But Bhakti

By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhuapada Lecture given in Vrindavan, India, November 12, 1976 To attain bhakti, ...
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Maya’s Friend Norm

By Padma Devi Dasi The Vedic scriptures reveal that Mayadevi, Lord Krishna’s deluding potency, works with certain energies that have ...
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Diksha Without Tapa: Initiation in Name Only

By Kripamoya Dasa Voluntary restraint and the acceptance of discipline form essential parts of Vaishnava initiation. Did you hear the ...
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The Divine Form

By Ananta Shakti Dasa An artist realizes his dream of finding the perfect form. During my school days in the ...
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By Ravindra Svarupa Dasa Is certainty possible in an age of doubt? Doubt is the motor of the modern mentality, ...
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In the Lap of Mother Nature

By Vamshi Vihari Dasa Amid fields, cows, rivers, and mountains, the author finds himself closer to God. Listen along: God ...
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Krishna, Lord of Paradox

By Satyaraja Dasa A brief analysis of Bhagavad-gita 9.4, 9.5, and 9.6. The Bhagavad-gita is one of the world’s perennial ...
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