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November/December 2013

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:

Krishna’s Other Worshipers

By His Divine Grace A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada Founder-acarya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness Lecture given in New ...
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Truth in a Nutshell

By Satyaraja Dasa Four special verses in the Bhagavad-gita and four in the Srimad-Bhagavatam lay out the fundamental teachings of ...
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The City of Virtue Resounds to Krishna’s Names

By Romapada Dasa The President of India praises Srila Prabhupada at the grand opening of ISKCON Pune's new temple complex ...
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Honest Happiness

By Ravindran Svarupa Dasa If we don't want to be cheated, we must accept one undeniable law of spiritual life ...
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Krishna Controlled by Pure Devotees

By Rasa Purusa Dasa Why ISKCON is creating devotees of devotees. In the Srimad-Bhagavatam (9.4.63) the Supreme Personality of Godhead ...
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Frankenfish, and Why Some Edibles Just Aren’t Good Food

By Karuna Dharini Devi Dasi Just because humans can eat something that doesn't mean they should. Recent advances in genetic engineering ...
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Tears of Sorrow, Tears of Gratitude: Seeing Krishna’s Hand in the Tragic Deaths of Devotees

By Chaitanya Charana Dasa Everything we experience as aspiring devotees is an opportunity to deepen our devotion to Krishna. Sometimes ...
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