September/October 2010

According to the Vedic literature, Krishna, the Supreme Lord, lived on Earth five thousand years ago. Then, about five hundred years ago, He came again, this time disguised as His own devotee. Known as Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, He appeared in Mayapur, West Bengal, and revealed the best spiritual practice for this age: the chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra. The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), or the Hare Krishna movement, comes in the line of spiritual masters linked to Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and has a large temple complex in Mayapur, just down the road from Chaitanya’s birthplace. In this issue we hear what it’s like to visit ISKCON Mayapur.

Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s disciples codified His spiritual teachings and the devotional practices He recommended. Srila Prabhupada incorporated those practices into the Hare Krishna movement. In “Motivation in Krishna Consciousness” Rashi Singh discusses some examples of those practices that help her keep up her spiritual enthusiasm.

At the core of Lord Chaitanya’s teachings is the idea that we should aspire only for pure devotion to God. With that principle in mind, Urmila Devi Dasi, in “Prayer for the Welfare of Others,” raises the question of how intercessory prayer fits with the principle of pure devotion.

Hare Krishna.-Nagaraja Dasa, Editor

Articles this month:

Praying for the Welfare of Others

By Urmila Devi Dasi On the path of pure devotion to Krishna, where does praying for others fit in? “Thank ...
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Harmful Inclinations

By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhuapada Lecture given in Honolulu, May 6, 1976 Our proclivity to enjoy ...
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Motivation in Krishna Consciousness

By Rashi Singh Some suggestions on how to stay inspired. Somehow, it happens that our motivation in Krishna consciousness may ...
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Finding Shelter in Times of Suffering

By Murari Gupta Dasa Even in the most hopeless situations there is hope—when we turn to Lord Krishna. “Can you ...
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Offerings with Love

By Mohini Radha Devi Dasi Krishna is self-satisfied and does not need anything, but out of His mercy He will ...
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An Experience of Mayapur Dhama

By N. Swaminathan, Ph.D. A pilgrimage to ISKCON's grand complex in Lord Chaitanya's land provides indelible inspiration for an engineer ...
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An Intellect Discovers Its Perfection

By Chaitanya Charana Dasa A search for intellectual satisfaction takes a young man from academics to devotion. I was born ...
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The Ecstasy of Insignificance: Happiness Through Reality

By Vishakha Devi Dasi Our drive for significance in this world reveals our ignorance of the basis a true significance ...
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