May/June 2014

WELCOME   Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu introduced the means to God realization in this age: congregational chanting of the names of God. As anyone who has seen Hare Krishna devotees chanting in public can attest, dancing always accompanies our singing. We don’t just chant; we chant and dance. In “The Movement of the Soul: Dancing in Krishna Consciousness,” Satyaraja Dasa discusses some history of the dancing of Krishna’s devotees, which traces back to the original dancing couple: Radha-Krishna.

In the earliest days of the Hare Krishna movement, Srila Prabhupada introduced a simple dance his followers dubbed “the Swami step,” a mellow move whose performance he occasionally lost to illness. As Brahmananda Dasa, one of his first disciples, writes in “The Prayers of Queen Kunti and Prabhupada’s Triumph Over Adversity,” in challenging times Prabhupada often turned to the prayers of a certain great devotee.

Prabhupada’s illnesses showed that anyone in this world, even someone of his spiritual stature, has to deal with the realities of the soul in a material body. In “Exclusive Controllership Versus Self-Ownership,” Dr. Aswini Kumar Misro discusses the limits of our control of our own bodies and helps us see why someone else is controlling behind the scenes.

Hare Krishna.—Nagaraja Dasa, Editor

Articles this month:

The Need for Ideal Leaders

By His Divine Grace A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada Founder-Acarya of the International Society For Krishna Consciousness Lecture given in Vrindavan, ...

The Movement of the Soul: Dancing in Krishna Consciousness

By Satyaraja Dasa In more ways than one, the word "movement" captures the essence of Lord Caitanya's religion of the ...

Four Metaphors for Transcendental Knowledge

By Mukundamala Dasa Academic knowledge provides information of this world, but spiritual knowledge awards eternal liberation. One of my friends in ...

Once You Visit You Never Leave: A Pilgrimage to Vrindavan and Mayapur

By Mark D. Vickers "I had made the trip with an open heart and mind, but never imagined quite how ...

Exclusive Controllership Versus Self-Ownership

By Dr.Aswini Kumar Misro Legal and moral codes grant us exclusive control over our own bodies, but most bodily systems operate ...

Forgiveness

By Caitanya Carana Dasa Examples from the Vedic tradition portrays intelligent forgiveness that helps both, the forever and the forgiven to ...

The Prayers of Queen Kunti and Prabhupada’s Triumph Over Adversity

By Brahmananda Dasa During times of hardship and illness, Srila Prabhupada turned to the immortal prayers of one of Lord ...