September/October 2012

Welcome From the earliest days of the Hare Krishna movement Srila Prabhupada encouraged disciples to produce paintings of Lord Krishna and other subjects related to Krishna consciousness. His disciple Vishnu Dasa has been doing that since early in his devotional life. In this issue he talks about painting for Prabhupada’s books and the inspiration for some of his later paintings.

Vishnu Dasa’s life as an artist exemplifies an important principle of bhakti-yoga: using one’s particular nature in Krishna’s service. Understanding who we are in this life, therefore, can help us progress spiritually, and that’s the theme of “Bhakti and Our Authentic Illusory Self,” by Archana Siddhi Devi Dasi. By engaging our particular natures in bhakti-yoga, we move beyond the limited, bodily conception of self that stifles us individually and blocks all attempts at universal brotherhood, as Hari Sauri Dasa explains in “The True Sage Sees With Equal Vision.”

Seeing all living beings with equal vision is one of many enlightened ideals expressed by Lord Krishna in the Bhagavad-gita, an often misunderstood text. Attempts by some in Russia to ban Srila Prabhupada’s Bhagavad-gita As It Is inspired Chaitanya Charana Dasa’s “Extremist Misconceptions About the Bhagavad-gita.”

Hare Krishna.—Nagaraja Dasa, Editor

Articles this month:

The Original Seed of Everything

By His Divine Grace A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada Founder Acarya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness The Bhagavad-Gita and ...

Verses of Surrender: The Charama-Slokas of the Sri Vaishnava Tradition

By Satyaraja Dasa Great Vaisnava teachers have selected certain scriptural verses as ultimate spiritual instructions. As devotees of Krishna, we ...

The True Sage Sees With Equal Vision

By Hari Sauri Dasa Despite the best intentions, attempts at equality in this world inevitably fail. Adapted from a paper ...

Extremist Misconceptions About the Bhagavad-gita

By Chaitanya Charana Dasa Only someone who doesn't understand the Gita could call it an extremist literature. During the abortive ...

“Mesdames et Messieurs, Metroyoga!”

By Chandrasekhara Acarya Dasa Spreading the Sankirtana movement in the Paris subway As the train approaches the platform, we begin ...

Bhakti and Our Authentic Illusory Self

By Arcana Siddhi Devi Dasi To move forward along the spiritual path, it’s important to understand our unique conditioned nature ...

A Krishna Art Renaissance

By Vishnu Dasa An interview with the artist Vishnu Dasa conducted for BTG by Svahadevi Soni. What inspired you to ...