WELCOME In this issue we celebrate the sacred month of Damodara, or Karttika, which begins toward the end of October, with an extensive article by Satyaraja Dasa that deals not only with the famous pastime of Krishna’s being tied to a grinding mortar by His mother, but also with Krishna’s relationship with Srimati Radharani. The supreme divine couple is known by many names, one of them being Radha-Damodara.
Like many of Krishna’s familiar pastimes, the Damodara Lila is narrated in the Tenth Canto of Srimad-Bhagavatam, which devotes ninety chapters to Krishna’s life on earth fifty centuries ago. Garuanga Darshana Dasa presents a canto-by-canto overview of the Bhagavatam, the work regarded as a form of Krishna Himself.
In his opening lecture, Srila Prabhupada tells of Krishna’s devotee Yudhishthira’s eagerness to hear everything about Krishna, with Prabhupada’s own pure devotion being evident as he speaks of “Krishna: Such a Nice Friend.”
Jitentra Savanur, in “A Superior Definition of Mukti,” discusses the topic of liberation. Some groups of transcendentalists aspire for the impersonal liberation of merging into the Absolute. But pure devotees want only the liberation that is a byproduct of mature love for Krishna.
Hare Krishna. – Nagaraja Dasa, Editor