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WELCOME  Lord Krishna’s display of His universal form is for many people the most striking and memorable part of the Bhagavad-gita. Beholding that form, the awed and frightened Arjuna asks Him who He is. Robert Oppenheimer, on seeing the detonation of the first nuclear weapon, famously quoted Krishna’s reply: “Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.” (Gita 11.32)

Krishna was proving that He is God, a truth that Arjuna already knew and had acknowledged in the previous chapter. He asked Krishna to show His universal form to convince others of His divinity. In this issue, Chaitanya Charana Dasa discusses how the Gita’s description of Krishna’s revelation helps us somewhat comprehend the incomprehensible.

Our book excerpt in this issue presents a subsequent chapter of the Gita – Chapter 15 – in poetic form by Kalakantha Dasa and Swarupa Krishna Dasa. It is based on Srila Prabhupada’s Gitar-gan, a Bengali versification of the Gita written in 1962.

As Srila Prabhupada and his spiritual predecessors have shown, every chapter of the Gita is meant to bring us to the conclusion that taking shelter of Lord Krishna is the only solution to all our problems. Vraja Vihari Dasa’s “Freedom from the Crocodile’s Jaws” presents a graphic example of that essential truth.

Hare Krishna. – Nagaraja Dasa, Editor

Articles this month:

Jahnava Thakurani: Heroine Supreme

The wife of Nityananda Prabhu was a leading figure in the movement Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu after His departure. By Satyaraja ...

Freedom from the Crocodile’s Jaws

From the pages of Srimad-Bhagavatam, the story of an elephant’s devotional plea provides an example for us all. By Vraja ...

Pondering High Ideals

Before becoming the leader of the Labour Party in the UK, Mr. Keir Starmer visited Bhaktivedanta Manor and heard about ...

The Song of the Bhagavad-gita

An English versification of Srila Prabhupada’s Bengali versification of the Gita. By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada ...

Hidden Curricula and Aural Reception

Aspiring devotees must be ever vigilant to protect themselves from subtle messages harmful to the practice of bhakti-yoga. By Harivamsha ...

Brahminical Culture: The Key to Peace

Srila Prabhupada explains why the Krishna consciousness movement promotes the protection of cows and brahminical culture. By His Divine Grace ...

The Universal Form as Revealed in the Bhagavad-gita

For our benefit, Arjuna asks Lord Krishna to show His form that pervades and encompasses the universe. By Chaitanya Charana ...

Monster Mother

The first demon to attack Krishna represents pseudo gurus who destroy young spiritual lives. By Gauranga Darshana Dasa When we ...

Letting Go of the False Ego

Who is the real “I” behind our intuitive sense of “I-ness”? By Brajanatha Dasa Great souls show us how to ...