WELCOME Most of the articles in this issue directly involve Vaishnava scriptures, or books within ancient India’s vast body of literature that focus on Lord Krishna, His expansions, His incarnations, His devotees, and numerous topics related to Him. Satyaraja Dasa’s “Bhagavata Mahatmya: The Journey and Rejuvenation of Bhakti Devi” draws on a noteworthy section of the fifty-five-thousand-verse Padma Purana. In “Lust Bites the Dust,” Chaitanya Charana Dasa continues his series highlighting lessons from the Ramayana relevant to our material and spiritual lives.
In “A Small but Profound Preface,” Giriraja Govinda Dasa looks closely at Srila Prabhupada’s preface to his commentated translation of Srimad-Bhagavatam, a book Prabhupada knew could spiritualize the world. “MotelGita: Solace for the Traveling Soul” informs us of a flourishing program that’s placing Prabhupada’s Bhagavad-gita As It Is in numerous hotel rooms.
Gauranga Darshana Dasa relies mainly on Srimad-Bhagavatam to show how Krishna is “The Reservoir of All Beauties.” “Bharata, Son of Rishabhadeva,” the book excerpt in this issue, also relies on the Srimad-Bhagavatam to the tell the story of King Bharata and his two subsequent births.
Finally, Ratnakara Gauranga Dasa describes an episode in his life to show that Srimad-Bhagavatam is “The Book that Responds to Your Desire.”
Hare Krishna. – Nagaraja Dasa, Editor